Cardinals Sweep Away Stone Crabs

By Juan Dorado/ Palm Beach Cardinals | August 29, 2012 6:30 AM ET

The Palm Beach Cardinals (31-33) continued their winning ways, as they took two from the Charlotte Stone Crabs (24-38) on Tuesday night at Charlotte Sports Park.

In the first game, the Cardinals jumped out to an early 4-0 lead. Starlin Rodriguez paced the squad with two hits and two runs. His solo home run in the third inning gave the Cardinals a big lead.

Anthony Ferrara (5-8) made his first start since July 30th, and the left-hander could not find his stuff. He struggled through 2 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on two hits, while walking four. He was removed in the bottom of the third inning after giving up a two run home run to Todd Glaesmann, his eighth of the season.

Drew Benes (6-8) took over from there. The right-hander pitched two 2 2/3 scoreless innings to pick up the victory, while Iden Nazario notched his team-leading 11th hold of the season. Aidan Lucas retired Glaesmann with two on in the bottom of the seventh inning to record the one-out save and preserve the 5-2 victory.

In the night cap, Ryan Sherriff (10-3) stifled the Stone Crabs bats, tossing a complete game, four-hit shutout to pick up his 10th victory of the season. The left-hander allowed one free pass, while striking out three.

The Culver City, CA native cruised through the whole game. His lone blemish came in the bottom of second, as David Wendt and Robi Estrada connected for singles, putting Wendt in scoring position. Cody Rogers answered with a single to left field, but Wendt was thrown out trying to score by Roberto Reyes.

After the frame, Sherriff gave up one hit and one walk.

Offensively, the Cardinals were shut down for five innings by Jim Patterson (8-4). The left-hander, who made his first start of the season, had the Cardinals guessing while on the mound. Patterson tossed five scoreless innings, allowing two hits and striking out two.

However, after he left the Cardinals bats came to life, scoring three runs in the top of the sixth. James Ramsey and Starlin Rodriguez both singled before Chris Edmondson hit his ninth home run of the season, giving the Cardinals the 3-0 advantage.

Sherriff finished off the Stone Crabs, collecting his league-leading tenth victory.

The Cardinals look to take the finale from the Stone Crabs, as they play Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m. Chris Corrigan (3-8) will take the ball for the Cardinals against Braulio Lara (5-9).

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

View More