Mulligirl's Palm Beach Playoff Report: 09/05

Kelly Mulligan recaps Game Two of the Florida State League East Division playoffs on Thursday night, won by Palm Beach, 5-4. The series is tied 1-1 with the deciding game at Roger Dean Stadium on Friday night, weather permitting.

(Editor's note: Kelly Mulligan, a.k.a. "mulligirl" from our message board, whose son Casey is a reliever for the Palm Beach Cardinals, is filing reports from the Florida State League playoffs.

After Wednesday night's disappointing Palm Beach loss, we were contemplating staying home and not tackling the three-hour drive up to Daytona. However, we just couldn't stay away from the game since we have traveled almost 3,000 miles to see the Cardinals play and we needed another baseball fix.

So we hit the road and headed off for game two of the Florida State League East Division Playoffs. We arrived at Jackie Robinson Stadium around 4:00 P.M. and decided to try out another local watering hole across from the field, the Red Tail. When we first walked in we were the only patrons, but slowly Daytona fans started to arrive to have a pre-game beer and bite to eat. We struck up conversation with several Cubs fans and they were extremely friendly.

We headed over to the game at 6:00 P.M. and upon entry we were presented with a green wristband; it seems we were about to experience the Cubs promo, Thirsty Thursday. Beer and soda was $1.00 a glass. Lucky for my husband, I was the designated driver. We took up a spot in the right field Budweiser Bull Pen.

The weather was balmy with scattered clouds; another good night for a ball game. Palm Beach right-hander Shaun Garceau took on Daytona's right-hander Marcus Mateo.

The Cards started the game off with a single to center field by Antone DeJesus. Pete Kozma followed suit with a base hit to right and Steven Hill hit into a 6-4-3 double play that scored DeJesus. Tyler Henley popped up to third to end the inning, but Palm Beach was on the board with one.

Garceau gave up one hit in the first, but held the Cubs scoreless. Palm Beach had a fruitless second. In the bottom of the inning, Mike Folli started it off by making a diving play 5-3 to rob the Cubs catcher, Clevenger, of a base hit. Three up, three down as the Cards held the lead at one.

The Cardinals rallied in the fourth with a leadoff E-5 to place Hill on first base. Henley singled to right field and Charlie Kingrey doubled to left scoring both Hill and Henley. Folli singled to center field and Oliver Marmol hit a shot into center, as Kingrey scored and Folli also tried to come home. The throw from center was on time, but Folli hook slid around the catcher to score another run. Cards up 5-0.

In the bottom of the fifth, the Cubs third baseman, Mota led off with a walk, and their shortstop, Barney singled. CF Adduci singled and Mota scored. Then Barney came in on a sac fly to centerfield. That made the score Palm Beach 5, Cubs 2.

The Cardinals were held scoreless for the remainder of the game.

Samuel Freeman came in to pitch in the bottom of the seventh to the fourth batter, the DH, Lalli, and he flied out to right to end the inning. Freeman gave up a base hit in the eighth, and a walk, a double and two runs in the ninth.

Pete Parise was called upon to close and gave up a hit. The score was then 5-4 with a runner on first and two outs. With two strikes on their first baseman, Canzler, he swung at pitch three and foul tipped it, but catcher Nick Derba dropped the ball. Four pitches and three foul balls later, Canzler was called out looking to end the game. Cards win 5-4.

Garceau had a great outing, getting a win, going 6.2 innings facing 33 batters, with four walks, three strikeouts and two earned runs. Freeman got the hold and Parise earned the save. (Note: Regular Palm Beach closer Francisco Samuel is injured and likely out for the remainder of the post-season.)

Tropical Storm Hanna hit us on the drive home so weather permitting, the deciding game three will be played in Jupiter on Friday at 7:05 P.M. The winner will move on to face the Florida State League West Division winner, the Fort Myers Miracle, for the league title in a best of five series scheduled to start on Saturday night.

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