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The Palm Beach Cardinals (4-2) are off to a solid start in 2013, as the pitching staff has anchored the great start. In six games, the pitchers have surrendered 12 runs, 11 earned, in 49 innings of baseball. Their 2.02 ERA is second in the Florida State League, behind the St. Lucie Mets, who boast a ridiculous 0.67 ERA through six games.
April 4: PPD
April 5: Palm Beach Cardinals 3, Charlotte Stone Crabs 1; Palm Beach Cardinals 8, Charlotte Stone Crabs 2
The Cardinals started the season on a high note, sweeping two from the Stone Crabs at Roger Dean Stadium. In Game one, the Cards came out of the gate swinging, scoring three runs in the bottom of the first. James Ramsey doubled to start the frame and came around to score on an RBI triple by Cody Stanley. Jonathan Rodriguez drove in Stanley with a double to left and he came around to score on an RBI single by Stephen Piscotty.
That was all the staff would need, as Sam Gaviglio (1-0) and Jonathan Cornelius shut down the Stone Crabs' attack. Gaviglio picked up the win, tossing five innings of one-run ball, while Cornelius got the save after pitching two scoreless.
In the nightcap, the Cardinals flexed their muscles, pounding out 10 hits and scoring eight runs. Nick Longmire led the way with two hits and an RBI, while Ramsey added two RBI. Kyle Hald made his season debut in Game two, tossing four innings, allowing one run and striking out six. He did not factor in the decision, as he was removed in the fifth.
April 6: Charlotte Stone Crabs 4, Palm Beach Cardinals 1
The Cardinals took their show on the road, but ran into problems in Port Charlotte, as they were held hitless through eight innings. Cody Stanley broke the no-hit bid with an RBI triple with two outs in the top of the ninth inning. Stone Crabs pitchers Jess Hahn (3 IP) and Jake Floethe (5 IP) held the Cards' hitters in check, striking out a combined four and not allowing a base runner. In the ninth, Lenny Linsky issued a walk to James Ramsey with two outs before giving up the RBI triple to Stanley. Tim Cooney (0-1) was the losing pitcher, yielding four runs on five hits.
April 7: Palm Beach Cardinals 8 at Charlotte Stone Crabs 1
Tyler Melling (1-0) was on top of his game, tossing five scoreless frames to pick up the victory. He allowed four hits and struck out three. Melling received a huge lift from Piscotty, who went 2-for-5 with two home runs and four RBI.
Anthony Garcia also smashed his first home run of the season in Port Charlotte, FL, as his two-run blast in the seventh inning started a four-run explosion. Danny Stienstra led the hit parade with four hits on the night.
April 8: OFF
April 9: St. Lucie Mets 4 at Palm Beach Cardinals 0
The Beach Birds were shut out by the Mets, as Luis Mateo, Randy Fontanez and T.J. Chism combined to toss a nine-hit shutout. Mateo was dominant, tossing 6 2/3 innings, allowing four hits and striking out nine.
The Cardinals' Travis Miller (0-1) was solid as well, hurling five innings, allowing one unearned run and striking out two. However, it was not enough as the Cardinals could not plate a run against the Mets. The top of the order fared well, as Ramsey, Walsh and Piscotty had two hits each. Stanley was the only player to collect an extra base-hit.
April 10: Palm Beach Cardinals 1, St. Lucie Mets 0
The Beach Birds returned the favor on Wednesday night, as they shut out the Mets. Hald (1-0) was brilliant, throwing seven innings of scoreless ball. The southpaw allowed three hits and struck out four. Heath Wyatt came in to pick up the save, tossing two innings, holding the Mets hitless and striking out one.
Offensively, the Cardinals were limited to five hits on the evening. However, in the fifth inning, the Cards broke the scoreless tie, plating a run. With two outs, Ramsey, Matt Williams and Colin Walsh each singled. Walsh's groundball single scored Ramsey from second base, making it 1-0.
Past Time, Moving Fast? - On Wednesday night, the Cardinals and the Mets played nine complete innings in one hour and 57 minutes… It was the fastest nine-inning game since 7/18/10, when Palm Beach and the Brevard County Manatees played a nine-inning game in one hour and 53 minutes. The Cards won that game 2-0.
Second Time is the Charm - James Ramsey is faring well in his second stint with Palm Beach… In six games, the left-handed hitting outfielder is 7-for-20 (.350) with two doubles and two RBI… He is tied for the team lead with one steal.
Powered by Piscotty - Supplemental first rounder in the 2012 draft Stephen Piscotty is flexing his muscle with the Beach Birds… He is currently tied for the league lead in homers (2)… His five RBI are tied for fifth in the FSL…
Hald Strong - In two starts, the southpaw is 1-0 with a 0.82 ERA… He has struck out ten without giving up a walk… Hitters are batting .211 against Hald.
Not So Strong - The left side of the infield is off to a slow start… Shortstop Ronny Gil is hitting .091 (1-for-11) with five strikeouts, while third baseman Tyler Rahmatulla is hitting .083 (1-for-12) with two punch outs… Both players spent a majority of last season with the Beach Birds.
Injury Report - The Cardinals currently have six players on the disabled list… Pitchers Kyle Barraclough, Logan Billbrough, Aidan Lucas, Ryan Sherriff and Zack Russell and outfielder Stephen Piscotty are all on the DL. Piscotty was hit in the hand in Wednesday night's game and will miss time, while the pitchers have been on the DL all season.
Geoff Klein transferred from Palm Beach to Peoria, 4/8
Adam Ehrlich transferred from Extended Spring Training (Johnson City roster) to Palm Beach, 4/9
Juan Castillo activated from Palm Beach disabled list, 4/11
Adam Ehrlich transferred from Palm Beach to Extended Spring Training (State College roster), 4/11
Stephen Piscotty placed on Palm Beach disabled list, 4/11
Jonathan Keener transferred from Extended Spring Training (State College roster) to Palm Beach, 4/11
On the Horizon - The Beach Birds will begin a split home stand with the Jupiter Hammerheads starting Friday… After their mini-homestand, they will hit the road to take on Fort Myers and Bradenton… The Cardinals will be on the road for eight of their next nine games, but two will be played at Roger Dean Stadium…
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