With the Palm Beach Cardinals trailing in the bottom of the seventh inning against the Daytona Tortugas on Thursday night, Elijah Cabell found a cutter to hit with two men on base and unloaded the ball to deep right-center field for the three-run home run. Traveling 416 feet, the big
With the Palm Beach Cardinals trailing in the bottom of the seventh inning against the Daytona Tortugas on Thursday night, Elijah Cabell found a cutter to hit with two men on base and unloaded the ball to deep right-center field for the three-run home run. Traveling 416 feet, the big fly gave the Cardinals a 5-3 lead, a score that stood for the remainder of the game at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium.
Jimmy Crooks led off the inning with a double to the right field corner, before Brody Moore followed with a nearly identically-placed two-bagger. Michael Curialle followed with a single to place runners on the corners before Cabell would give the Cardinals their first and only lead of the night.
The four-run seventh came after Palm Beach had let a tie game slip in the top of the inning. The Beach Birds had made the game 1-1 in the sixth off of a Joshua Baez double in the sixth before both teams combined for six runs an inning later.
Right-handed pitcher Trent Baker started for Palm Beach and delivered six innings of one-run ball, striking out seven and walking none. The team leader in 2022 innings lowered his ERA to 3.04, but left without the lead and did not earn a decision in his 24th start of the season.
2022 10th Round Draft Pick Tanner Jacobson entered in relief of Baker, but left after 2/3 of an inning in the seventh. Both of his recorded outs were strikeouts. Nelfri Contreras earned the win by striking out a trio over one and 1/3 frames, and 14th Round Selection DJ Carpender claimed his first Minor League save via a shutout ninth.
Palm Beach moves to 3-0 on the series with the Tortugas, and has won six games in a row dating back to last week. They've also been victorious in nine of their last 10 most recent matchups. The Cardinals maintain a four-game lead over the St. Lucie Mets for the Florida State League East Division second-half lead. Should Palm Beach take the second-half division title, they will qualify for the FSL Playoffs slated for later this month.
The Cardinals and Tortugas are back in action in Jupiter on Friday night at 6:30 p.m. To look over Thursday's final box score, click here.