Johnson City Cardinals Notebook: 2012 Week 4

The Appalachian League Cardinals logged a winning record during a very rainy week.

The Johnson City Cardinals showed improvement in this week's games, finishing the period with a record of 2-1 that finally boosted them over the .500 mark on the season. They currently hold third place in the Western Division with a 12-11 record, which is only three games back of the first place Twins and Astros. The Cards round out the series with the Mets Monday, going for the series sweep in a day/night double header.

Monday, July 9, Johnson City 0, Elizabethton 12

The Cardinals concluded their series with Elizabethton in a disappointing fashion. Johnson City managed six hits and was unable to score.

Ronald Castillo singled on a line drive to center in the fourth inning and later on a line drive to right field. He and Gerwuins Velazco both went 2-for-4 for the evening. Bruce Caldwell and Carson Kelly each had a hit as well to round out a disappointing offensive performance for Johnson City. Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol was ejected in the bottom of the sixth by home plate umpire Nick Garvey. However, that still did not add the spark the Cardinals needed to put together a rally.

Six pitchers saw game action for the Cardinals. The loss went to Bryan Martinez (1-2, 11.37 ERA). Martinez allowed seven runs (six earned) on seven hits with one walk and no strikeouts while collecting just one out. He was relieved by Jacob Booden (2.2 IP), who gave up five more hits and two earned runs. Joey Donofrio then came in to stop the bleeding for a strong two innings. Cesar Aguilar then relieved for the next two innings, but did not fare as well, giving up two more runs to the Twins.

Sam Tuivailala pitched in his first game of his professional career that evening. He allowed no runs on no hits and had two strikeouts in his strong debut. Ronnie Shaban rounded out the game for the Cardinals, giving up one final unearned run.

Friday, July 13, Johnson City 2 at Bristol 1

The Cardinals faced the White Sox only once this week due to poor weather conditions, but picked up the win in the away game, 2-1. C.J. McElroy had two of the team's five hits and scored both runs. Ildemaro Vargas, Bruce Caldwell and Lance Jeffries each added a hit as well.

McElroy doubled on a line drive to left in the top of the first to start the game off right. Vargas singled on a line drive immediately after, moving McElroy to third. McElroy then scored the first run of the game on a passed ball. The Cardinals went hitless until the top of the sixth when McElroy tripled on a line drive to left to start off the inning. He was later plated by Jeremy Schaffer's sac fly to allow Schaffer to pick up both of the Cardinals' RBIs on the evening.

Nick Gillung earned the win (1-0, 3.86 ERA). He allowed one earned run on five hits and had three strikeouts with two walks before being relieved by Jeff Rauh (H, 1, 2.38 ERA). Rauh gave up one hit and had one strikeout in one IP. Ronnie Shaban was given the save for the night after replacing Rauh for the final inning (S, 6, 3.00 ERA). In one IP, Shaban allowed two hits and had one strikeout to seal the win.

Saturday, July 14, Johnson City 11, Kingsport 3

Johnson City opened their series against the Mets with a big win. The Cardinals plated 11 runs on 13 hits.

Vargas, Castillo and Caldwell all led the way for the Cards, going 2-for-4, while Jeffries had a strong outing of his own, with a 2-for-3 showing. McElroy, Jeremy Schaffer, Carson Kelly, Dutch Deol and Gerwuins Velazco each had a hit as part of the Cardinals offensive onslaught. Caldwell and Kelly belted home runs. Caldwell homered on a deep fly to right in the fourth inning, seemingly opening the flood gates for Johnson City's offense. Soon after, Jeffries Jr. tripled on a rope to center, picking up two RBIs. Vargas, Caldwell and Castillo each had two RBIs to finish the scoring.

Stalyn Lopez gained the win for the Cardinals (1-1, 5.29 ERA). In five IP, he gave up one earned run on five hits with two walks and seven strikeouts. Mike Aldrete, Sam Tuivailala, Jacob Booden and Joey Donofrio each pitched an inning. Aldrete allowed two runs on one hit. In his second outing pitching for Johnson City, Tuivailala only gave up one hit with two walks and two strikeouts. Booden and Donofrio contributed two strikeouts apiece to finish off the game, giving the Cardinals their second win in as many games.

Hot and Cold Players of the Week

Pitching

Stalyn Lopez and Nick Gillung both pitched well this week. Gillung earned his first win for Johnson City while lowering his ERA to 3.86. Lopez now improves to a 1-1 record and he dropped his ERA to 5.29.

Bryan Martinez had a rough start, taking the loss in Monday's game against the Twins. He was released from the team on Saturday after posting a 1-2 record with an ERA of 11.37.

Hitting

Once again, Ildemaro Vargas and C.J. McElroy were productive at the plate this week. McElroy belted three hits and scored four runs this week in his 12 at-bats. Vargas had two runs and three hits in his six at-bats this week. Bruce Caldwell and Carson Kelly contributed one home run apiece this week. That was Kelly's third of the season and Caldwell's first.

Dutch Deol remained in a slump this week, going a lackluster 1-for-7, which dropped his average to a dismal .093.

Team Transactions

7/11 - RHP Silfredo Garcia assigned from GCL Cardinals. He was signed as a non-drafted free agent in 2010.
7/13 - RHP Bryan Martinez released (1-2, 11.37 ERA).

Next Week's Schedule

Monday, July 16: Johnson City Cardinals vs. Kingsport Mets (This will be a double header due to Sunday's weather delays.)
Tuesday-Thursday, July 17-19: Johnson City Cardinals @ Elizabethton Twins (The Twins are currently first in the Western Division.)
Friday, July 20: Johnson City Cardinals vs. Elizabethton Twins
Saturday, July 21: Johnson City Cardinals @ Elizabethton Twins
Sunday, July 22: Johnson City Cardinals @ Princeton Rays (First game of three-game series)



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