Palm Beach’s Rob Kaminsky quieted the St. Lucie Mets in a 4-1 win for the Cardinals at Tradition Field.
Kaminsky, the No. 4 Cardinals’ prospect according to MLB.com, tossed seven innings of one-run ball. He allowed just five hits, walked two and struck out five.
The Mets lone run came in the sixth. Kaminsky walked Yeixon Ruiz and Ruiz stole second. Maikis De La Cruz singled Ruiz home, but Kaminsky retired the next two batters and worked a clean seventh to finish his night.
Palm Beach led wire-to-wire. The Cardinals scored their first run in the first. Luke Voit hit a popup to center field that dropped between Champ Stuart and Ruiz with two outs. Bruce Caldwell scored from second on the miscommunication.
Juan Herrera and C.J. McElroy both reached base against Miller Diaz to start the third inning and both ended up scoring. Mason Katz singled in Herrera and McElroy scored from third on a wild pitch to make it 3-0.
The final run scored by the Cardinals stung the Mets. McElroy reached on a walk by Diaz and stole second. Adrian Abreu’s throw to second was high and went into center field. McElroy never stopped running and scored on the play, as the Mets didn’t realize McElroy hadn’t slowed until it was too late.
Diaz managed to go six innings in the loss. He allowed four runs, three earned, on five hits and three walks. He hit a batter and threw two wild pitches. Diaz did strike out six.
Julian Hilario and Mike Hepple tossed three perfect innings of relief and combined for six strikeouts.
However, the Mets offense never got it going against Kaminsky. His one trouble spot came in the third when the Mets loaded the bases on two hits and a walk. Kaminsky got out of the jam by getting Michael Conforto to fly out to shallow center.
De La Cruz had two of the Mets hits. Jhoan Urena, Stuart and Ruiz had the others.
With the loss the Mets dropped to 13-13. It is the ninth time this season they have been at .500. team press release