Palm Beach Cardinals Notebook: 2013 Week 5

Tim Cooney has a 2.75 ERA, but is just 3-3

Needing more offense, the Cardinals have lost 10 of their last 12 Florida State League contests.

May 3: Bradenton Marauders 8 at Palm Beach Cardinals 1

After being rained out the night before, the Palm Beach Cardinals came out flat on Friday night. Starter Travis Miller (0-4) was tagged for four runs on six hits. He suffered his fourth loss of the season, as the Cardinals offense was limited to four hits and one run. James Ramsey doubled and Tyler Rahmatulla doubled him home in the top of the first, giving the Cardinals an early 1-0 lead. However, the Marauders scored seven unanswered runs.

May 4: Bradenton Marauders 7 at Palm Beach Cardinals 4
Palm Beach Cardinals 8, Bradenton Marauders 2

Heavy rain delayed the doubleheader to Saturday, as Friday night's nightcap was pushed back. In game one, the Cardinals were shoved around by the Marauders. The Pittsburgh Pirates affiliate scored two runs in the second, third and fourth against starter Kyle Hald (1-1). The southpaw was off his game, hurling 3.1 innings, allowing six earned runs on ten hits. The Cardinals chipped away, scoring two runs in the third and one in the sixth, but it wasn't enough as the Cards dropped their sixth straight.

In the nightcap, the Cardinals used the strong right arm of Scott Gorgen (2-1) to end the losing skid. The righty hurled six innings, allowing two runs on four hits, while striking out five. He got a huge lift from the bottom half of the lineup, as they combined 9-for-14 with six runs and four RBI. Matt Williams went 3-for-3 with two runs scored.

May 5: Clearwater Threshers 4 at Palm Beach Cardinals 1

Ryan Sherriff (0-1) made his 2013 debut on Sunday night. The left-hander fared well, tossing five innings, allowing two runs on three hits. He struck out five. However, Threshers starter Gabriel Arias was a smidge better. He went seven innings, scattering seven hits, allowing one run and striking out five. Nick Longmire was the only offensive bright spot, going 3-for-4 and scoring the lone Palm Beach run. The rest of the offense stranded nine runners and went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position.

May 6: Clearwater Threshers 7 at Palm Beach Cardinals 3

Early afternoon baseball did not work out in the Cardinals favor on Monday morning, as the Bats remained cold. Colin Walsh gave the Beach Birds a huge spark, homering in the first inning. His two-run round-tripper gave the Cardinals an early 2-0 lead. However, Jonathan Cornelius (0-1) could not fend off the Threshers attack. Clearwater scored two in the third, two in the fifth and put it away with three in the seventh. Cornelius suffered his first loss of the season, going 4.1 innings, allowing four runs, two earned, on eight hits.

May 7: Clearwater Threshers 3 at Palm Beach Cardinals 0

After tossing a complete game in his last start, 2012 third-rounder from Wake Forest, Tim Cooney (3-3) suffered his second straight loss. The southpaw did all he could, hurling seven strong innings, allowing two runs, one earned, on four hits. It was his third straight quality start, but the Bats were held for the second time in 2013. Jonathan Rodriguez and Ronny Gil were the only hitters to get to Threshers' starter Hoby Milner, as they had two hits each.

May 8: Clearwater Threshers 5 at Palm Beach Cardinals 4

The Beach Birds dropped their fourth straight and were swept by the Threshers, as Clearwater used a three-run first inning. Miller (0-5) suffered his fifth loss of the season, going five innings and allowing three runs. He got better after the first, as he did not surrender another run and gave up one hit the rest of the way. The offense was again stymied by Threshers pitching. The Cardinals made a late push in the eighth, scoring two runs to get it within one, but that was as close as they could come.

Beach Birds in the Majors - Two former Palm Beach Cardinals made their MLB debuts last week. The No. 1 and 2 starters in the 2012 rotation, Seth Maness and Carlos Martinez pitched in the same game for the St. Louis Cardinals. Maness is 2-0 with 0.00 ERA in three appearances, while Martinez is 0-0 with 0.00 ERA in two games.

Promoted - James Ramsey was called up to Double-A Springfield early in the week. In 18 games, he hit .361 (22-for-61) with five doubles, one triple and one homer.

Not the High-Life - Travis Miller is off to a slow start, posting an 0-5 record with 4.56 ERA. He is the only Cardinals starter without a win this season.

Hard Times - The Cardinals are currently on a downward spiral, losing 10 of their last 12. In all ten of their losses, the offense has been held to four or less runs. The 14-20 Cards are in fourth place, 12.5 games behind Fort Myers.

Transactions

5/3/13- C Cody Stanley activated from the 7-day DL
5/5/13- P Dean Kiekhefer assigned to Palm Beach from Double-A Springfield
5/5/13- OF James Ramsey assigned to Double-A Springfield
5/5/13- P Ryan Sherriff activated from the 7-day DL
5/7/13- C Juan Castillo assigned to Palm Beach from Double-A Springfield

On the Horizon

The Palm Beach Cardinals hit the road to face the St. Lucie Mets in a three-game series beginning on May 9th. They return to the Dean' on the 12th to take on the Lakeland Flying Tigers for a four-game set.



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