Cardinals Edge Marauders to Remain in First
Jupiter, FL - The Palm Beach Cardinals used a balanced attack and quality pitching from Jimmy Reed to earn a 4-1 victory over the Bradenton Marauders on Friday night at Roger Dean Stadium. The win keeps Palm Beach on top of the Florida State League South Division standings with nine games remaining in the regular season.
Before the regularly scheduled game on Friday evening, the two teams finished a game that was postponed on July 6 in Jupiter. The Marauders were on top 3-1 when play was suspended in the fifth inning due to rain more than a month ago. Bradenton scored two early runs in the game and held on to win 5-2 before falling in the nightcap.
Reed allowed one run on six hits over six innings, walked one and struck out three in game two for the Birds. The Marauders scored their lone run using three singles in the fourth inning, but were otherwise kept off balance by Reed all night.
Reed (6-1) has surrendered three runs or less in seven of his eight starts for Palm Beach this year and the Cardinals are 7-1 overall when he toes the rubber.
The Cardinals (37-24, 73-57) jumped on the Marauders (36-25, 71-59) early with three runs in the opening frame. Nick Martini walked to lead off the inning and was standing on third when Bruce Caldwell reached on an infield single back to the pitcher. Luke Voit drove Martini home on a line drive RBI single into left field in the next at-bat. Anthony Garcia would later clear the bases on a single through the left side of the infield to make it a 3-0 Palm Beach advantage.
Voit and David Washington started the third inning with back-to-back singles. After a double play moved Voit to third, Mason Katz came through with a huge hit into left that fell just under the outstretched glove of Bradenton left fielder Justin Maffei. The RBI single padded the Cardinals' lead to 4-0.
Eight of the nine Palm Beach starters recorded a hit on the evening.
A Raul Fortunato RBI single to third base in the fourth made it 4-1 but Reed and Kevin Herget were dominant to finish the game. The Marauders mustered just one more hit after Fortunato's base knock.
Herget, who has turned in three scoreless outings in the last four games, struck out two in the seventh in relief of Reed to preserve the win and notch his second save of his short stint with Palm Beach.
John Kuchno (8-9) took the loss for Bradenton after giving up four runs on 10 hits in 5.1 innings.
The two teams will meet again on Saturday night at Roger Dean Stadium. LH Corey Littrell (0-1, 4.58) will start for Palm Beach against RH Tyler Glasnow (11-5, 1.43) for Bradenton. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m.
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