The Palm Beach Cardinals (27-32) continued their winning ways, as they took the doubleheader from the Charlotte Stone Crabs (23-34) on Wednesday night at Roger Dean Stadium in front 1,499 in attendance.
The Cardinals got a shot in the arm offensively from Cody Stanley, as he clubbed two home runs in the twin-bill. The Clinton, NC native accounted for eight of the 11 Cardinal RBI, while being involved in all but two scoring plays.
In the first game, starter Ryan Sherriff (9-3) went back to his winning ways, hurling five innings, yielding five hits and allowing two runs. After tossing four scoreless innings to start the game, Sherriff ran into trouble in the fifth.
Cody Rogers and Robi Estrada connected for back-to-back singles to start the frame. After a sacrifice fly out by Robby Price, Kevin Kiermaier lined a triple to cut the Cardinals lead to 3-2. However, the left-hander settled down, inducing inning-ending ground outs to escape the jam.
The Cardinals in the bottom half of the inning, scoring four runs on two hits. Ronny Gil started things off with a single to left. After back-to-back walks to load the bases, Chris Edmondson delivered an RBI fly out to bring in Gil. Alan Ahmady popped up to the second baseman before Cody Stanley delivered with a three-run home run to seal the deal for the Cardinals 7-2.
In the night cap, the Cardinals looked out of sorts as starter Chris Corrigan (3-8) loaded the bases to start the game. After inducing a Phillip Wunderlich sacrifice fly out, Corrigan settled down and struck out the next two batters, escaping the bases loaded jam down 1-0.
The Cardinals answered right back with an RBI double by Alan Ahmady, driving in James Ramsey who singled earlier in the frame.
In the bottom of the third, Stanley delivered his second three-run home run of the night, giving the Cardinals their first lead of the game 4-1.
With a lead in hand, Corrigan settled down, retiring 14 of the last 19 batters he faced. He would fan five, walking two, while only giving up the lone run in the first.
The bullpen had a shaky run at the save opportunity, but they would hold off the Stone Crabs late to take the second game, 4-2. Zach Russell picked up his fifth save of the season, despite giving up three hits in the bottom of the seventh.
The Cardinals will look for the sweep tomorrow night, as they host the Charlotte Stone Crabs in the finale of this three-game set at 6:35 p.m.
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