The Cardinals were down 2-1 heading into the ninth inning and were down to their last two outs with the bases empty and chances at victory looking bleak. As baseball works in mysterious ways sometimes, the next three Cardinals' hitters reached base capped by a walk-off single from Nick Plummer.
Rayder Ascanio singled with one out in the final inning and reached second after an error when the ball went under the outfielders glove. That proved to be a crucial error as Ascanio tied the game on Michael Perri's double to left field. On a heads up play, Perri advanced to third on a wild pitch. The winning run timed his jump to third perfectly and had he waited an extra half-second to take-off, may not have been safe. He scored on Plummer's single and the Cardinals left victorious on Tuesday.
Starter Perry DellaValle only had one blemish in his six strong innings on the mound. Jupiter scored both of its runs in the third inning when they strung together three consecutive hits. The 23-year-old finished only allowing just four hits and one walk while striking out three.
The Cardinals bullpen made sure they would stay within striking distance. Ronnie Williams tossed a scoreless seventh inning before C.J. Saylor's dominating outing took place. He pitched to six batters and struck each and every one of them out.
While that was going on, Palm beach had a prime opportunity to make an impact on the board. With zero outs, the Cardinals had the bases loaded. Justin Toerner hit a sacrifice fly that scored Ascanio from third. On the throw home, Perri advanced to third but Plummer was thrown out trying to advance to second. Needless to say, Plummer made up for that blunder with the walk-off hit.
The Cardinals will look for the sweep on Wednesday as the teams close out a three-game series. Tickets and more information can be found at Rogerdeanchevroletstadium.com.
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