Jupiter, FL - The Palm Beach Cardinals (54-79, 22-42) split a doubleheader with the Fort Myers Miracle (68-67, 34-32) on Wednesday evening as the Cardinals took game one by a final of 5-2 and lost game two by a final of 1-0.
Brennan Leitao took the start in game one and went four innings giving up one run on three hits, walking one and striking out two. The Cardinals got the win with a big fifth inning as they drove across four runs in the inning.
Daniel Bard got the win in the contest as he came into the game in the top of the fifth with runners on the corners and got Max Murphy to pop out on the second pitch he threw. The Cardinals then came up in the bottom of the fifth down 2-1 and drove in four runs to take a 5-2 lead. Oscar Mercado started it off with a single up the middle and stole second with Juan Herrera up to bat. Herrera then hit a triple to deep right center to tie it up. Danny Diekroeger then got hit by a pitch to put runners on the corners for Casey Grayson. Grayson gave the birds the lead on a sacrifice fly to deep center. Thomas Spitz singled to get Diekroeger to third and stole second allowing Dylan Tice to knock in both on a double down the left field line. The Cardinals would win 5-3 as Landon Beck closed it out with a two inning save.
Sandy Alcantara threw in game two and tossed seven innings of one run baseball on three hits, walking three in the game and striking out ten. The only run in the game came in the top of the third as Sean Miller hit a one out double and came around to score on a Christian Ibarra double.
Stat of the Game
10 - With Alcantara's ten strikeout game he is the third Cardinals pitcher this season to have a double digit strikeout game.
- The Cardinals were shutout for the 22nd time this season in the 1-0 loss in the second game.
The Cardinals will travel to Charlotte tomorrow for one game before coming back to Roger Dean Stadium for the final three games of the season.
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