Herrera Stays Hot in Cardinals Victory
JUPITER, Fla. - The Palm Beach Cardinals (31 - 34) defeated the Dunedin Blue Jays, 6 - 1, in game two of the four game series at Roger Dean Stadium. The Cardinals rallied back after being down 1-0 by scoring three runs in both the sixth and eighth inning. Juan Herrera went 3 - 4 with three RBI in the win, one of two Beach Birds to get three hits in tonight's game. Starting pitcher, Rob Kaminsky, earned his fourth win of the season.
It took five complete innings before the rubber match between Kaminsky and Dunedin's, Jeff Hoffman, came to an end. Kaminsky held the Blue Jays to one hit through five innings, and ended the night giving up one run on six hits through seven innings. In the top of the sixth, Dunedin scored their lone run on four hits and a wild pitch. After the run scored, L.B. Dantzler's batted ball hit Kaminsky in the arm, loading the bases with just one out. To get out of the jam, the Cardinals helped Kaminsky by turning their third double play of the game. The defense tied their season best with four in tonight's win.
Dunedin's defense was just as effective, turning four double plays totaling eight between the two teams. The Cardinals offense finally slowed down the Blue Jays and began a rally in the sixth. To start, C.J. McElroy Jr. was issued a walk. Brett Wiley followed McElroy with a single and they both advanced a base after Dunedin's centerfielder misplayed the ground ball. Luke Voit's sacrifice fly scored McElroy, collecting his 25th RBI of the season. David Washington and Herrera kept the momentum alive by producing RBI singles this inning.
In the bottom of the eighth, Palm Beach scored three runs on two hits and batted through the order. Two different pitchers for Dunedin issued two walks and hit two batters within the inning. With the bases loaded, Herrera singled to score Voit and Washington, and Derek Gibson reached home on Robeyls Reyes' 16th RBI this season. Gibson went 3 - 4 and Reyes improved
his batting average to .261 in tonight's win.
In the last two innings, Lee Stoppelman and Silfredo Garcia both pitched shutout innings, allowing just one hit each. Stoppelman whiffed two batters and Garcia struck out one. After ending the eighth, Stoppelman secured his first hold of the season.
The Cardinals will continue their four game series with the Dunedin Blue Jays on Wednesday, June 17, for game three. First pitch is slated for 6:35 p.m. To purchase tickets, please call (561) 630-1828 or visit RogerDeanStadium.com.
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