Palm Beach sweeps Jupiter in dramatic fashion

By Andrew Miller / Palm Beach Cardinals | April 24, 2019 10:02 PM

For the second straight night, the Palm Beach Cardinals (15-5) were walk-off winners against the Hammerheads (7-12), however it took 10 innings this time in a 2-1 final.

The teams were scoreless through five innings before Jupiter got on the board from James Nelson's solo home run to straight away center field. That was the only blemish by starter Angel Rondon who improved his ERA to 2.08 after allowing that single run in six innings pitched while surrendering four hits and striking out seven.

All night, the Cardinals had multiple opportunities to get on the scoreboard however did not do so until the bottom of the seventh. Bryce Denton hit a lead-off double and was pinch run for by Chase Pinder. Rayder Ascanio dropped down a sacrifice bunt and Jupiter threw to third to get the lead runner and the ball ended up in left field, allowing both runners to advance. 

Later in the frame, the Cardinals had runners on the corner with no outs. Luken Baker hit a sharp lineout and Justin Toerner was hit by a pitch to load the bases with just one out. Jupiter would keep Palm Beach off the board after inducing an inning-ending double play with Julio Rodriguez at bat.

Palm Beach was just 2-16 with runners in scoring position but were able to squeak out a win.

Zach Prendergast kept the Cardinals within striking distance throwing two scoreless innings of relief and striking out four. 

In the 10th, Jupiter loaded the bases with their three-four-five hitters due up and no outs recorded. Patrick Dayton kept the Hammerheads from scoring when, in order, Jupiter lined out to shallow right field, hit a line out to shortstop, and struck out. 

In the home half of the final inning, Yariel Gonzalez hit a short chopper to the pitcher and Zach Kirtley, the special extra innings runner that began the inning on second base, was able to smartly advance to third after the pitcher had stopped paying attention and fired the ball to first.

Two intentional walks followed before Rayder Ascanio's third hit of the game sent the Beach Birds home with a win.

The Cardinals now head on the road for a four game series at Ft. Myers. 

The next Palm beach home game will also be against Ft. Myers on Friday, May 3rd. Tickets and more information can be found at  

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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