Johnson City Cardinals Notebook: 2012 Week 5

The Appalachian League Cardinals scuffled to a 2-6 record this past week. Nick Gillung has pitched well since re-joining the club.

The Johnson City Cardinals went 2-6 in their games this past week and are 2-8 in their last ten, lowering them to a .452 winning percentage. They are currently third in the Western Division of the Appalachian League at 14-17 on the season. They will face off against the Princeton Rays in the second game of their series Monday.

Monday, July 16, Johnson City 0, Kingsport 1; Johnson City 4, Kingsport 1

Two games were held on Monday due to the previous weeks' postponements. The Cardinals managed to come away with one win to end the series against the Mets.

In the first seven-inning game held that day, Johnson City only had four hits, no runs and two walks. However, they only allowed Kingsport one run.

Ildemaro Vargas, Jeremy Schaffer, Bruce Caldwell and Steve Bean had a hit each. Vargas singled on a ground ball to right in the first. In the bottom of the third, the Cardinals had a chance to score with Lance Jeffries Jr. on third, but were unable to bring him in. Caldwell doubled in the fourth on a fly ball to center. Bean also doubled in the fifth, but like the others was unable to cross the plate. Schaffer singled in the sixth to left, giving the Cardinals their last hit of the night.

Cory Jones took the loss for Johnson City with 5.1 IP (0-1, 3.31 ERA). He gave up one earned run on four hits and allowed four walks. He had three strikeouts. The earned run was a home run by Julio Concepcion of the Mets. Jones was relieved by Cesar Aguilar (2.25 ERA) in the sixth. Aguilar finished off the game for the Cardinals with only one allowed hit.

The Cardinals came back in the second game, the last game of the series, winning 4-1. They had eight hits for the evening, one of which was a home run. Vargas gave the Cardinals the lead via a solo shot in the first. He went 3-for-3, getting two more hits in the third and fifth innings. Both were singles. He also gave Johnson City two of their four runs and two RBIs. C.J. McElroy Jr., Bruce Caldwell, Gerwuins Velazco, Lance Jeffries Jr., and Dutch Deol also had a hit apiece. McElroy Jr. and Deol were also plated once apiece to finish the Cardinals scoring for the game.

Silfredo Garcia picked up the win for the Cardinals (1-0, 0.00 ERA). He gave up one unearned run on five hits with eight strikeouts in six innings. Dixon Llorens got the save for the game (his second of the season). In one inning, he allowed one walk and had two strikeouts.

Tuesday, July 17, Johnson City 4 at Elizabethton 7

Johnson City lost 7-4 to the Twins to begin the next series. The Cardinals jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first couple of innings before the Twins exploded for seven runs in the fourth to put them on top for good.

Jeremy Schaffer went 4-for-4, and C.J. McElroy Jr. went 2-for-3, giving the Cards one run apiece. Carson Kelly and Steve Bean both crossed the plate once each to round out the Cards offense. Kelly knocked his fourth home run of the season in the second inning. Despite the ten hits from the Cardinals, it never proved timely as they went 3-for-12 in the game with runners in scoring position. Ronald Castillo also managed a hit.

Juan Bautista took the loss (1-3, 5.63 ERA). In 3.2 IP, he gave up all seven earned runs on nine hits. Two were home runs. Thomas Lee (4.50 ERA) replaced Bautista for 2.1 innings, and was then relieved by Mike Aldrete (4.15 ERA) for two innings to wrap up the game.

Wednesday, July 18, Johnson City 6 at Elizabethton 4

Johnson City had a fire lit under them for the second game of the series, winning 6-4 on seven hits.

Ronald Castillo had the first hit in the third on an infield single scoring Lance Jeffries. C.J. McElroy Jr. then scored on a wild pitch. Bruce Caldwell quickly singled after, scoring Castillo for the final run in the inning. McElroy Jr. and Vargas each scored in the fifth. Jeffries Jr. managed the last run of the game for the Cardinals in the eighth insuring a Cardinals victory.

Nick Gillung (2-0, 3.77 ERA) pitched five innings and only gave up two earned runs on seven hits, earning him the win. Jeff Rauh (H, 2), Dixon Llorens (H, 1) and Ronnie Shaban (S, 7) also saw time on the mound.

Friday, July 20, Johnson City 6, Elizabethton 8

Johnson City dropped the third game of the series. The Cardinals had six runs on seven hits.

Lance Jeffries Jr. and Carson Kelly both went 2-for-4. Ildemaro Vargas, Jeremy Schaffer and Steve Bean each added a hit. Schaffer and Kelly blasted one home run apiece. Schaffer homered to right in the fourth, bringing in Vargas. Kelly slammed it out of the park in the sixth. Kelly also had a double, as well as did Bean. Schaffer, Kelly and Vargas worked together for Johnson City's four RBIs on the evening, with Schaffer driving in two, and Kelly and Vargas driving in one apiece.

Jeff Rauh took the loss (BS, 1) (2-1, 4.15 ERA) in 0.2 IP after replacing Cesar Aguilar (H, 1). Rauh and Aguilar each allowed two runs and no strike outs from a combined ten batters faced. Joey Donofrio, Dixon Llorens and Zach Petrick pitched as well. Starter Petrick gave up one run in five innings, and Donofrio allowed three. Llorens pitched 1.2 innings, finalizing the loss for the Cards.

Saturday, July 21, Johnson City 1 at Elizabethton 10; Johnson City 2 at Elizabethton 4

There were two games held on Saturday due to Thursday's game being suspended.

The Cardinals ended the first game with a loss, 10-1, after picking up where they had left off on Thursday night's suspended game. They managed three hits, which came from C.J. McElroy Jr., Jeremy Schaffer and Carson Kelly.

Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol was ejected in the first inning by the first base umpire after McElroy Jr. grounded out. Kelly had the first hit of the night in the fourth inning off a double to left, bringing in Ildemaro Vargas. McElroy Jr. singled in the fifth and Schaffer singled on a fly to left in the sixth. The Cards again failed to capitalize with RISP, going 1-for-8 in the game.

The loss went to Stalyn Lopez (1-2, 6.52 ERA). In 2.1 IP, he gave up four earned runs on four hits with four walks and a strikeout. He was relieved by Jacob Booden (6.00 ERA), who gave up three earned runs off three hits in 3.2 IP. Sam Tuivailala (6.75 ERA) closed the game for the Cards with three earned runs, two hits and three walks. Booden and Tuivailala both gave up one home run each.

The second game was delayed; however, they did end up finishing the game - in a 4-2 loss. Vargas and Schaffer both had two hits each. Ronald Castillo and Caldwell had one apiece.

The two runs of the night came from Caldwell and Bean. Caldwell slammed a home run in the fourth, his second of the season. Schaffer had a two-out RBI, scoring Bean in the seventh for the Cards last score of the series.

Silfredo Garcia (1-1, 2.38 ERA) took the loss for Johnson City after giving up four runs (one unearned) from six hits with eight strikeouts in 5.1 IP. Mike Aldrete (3.95 ERA) relieved him for 0.2 innings to round out the series.

Sunday, July 22, Johnson City 3 at Princeton 13

Johnson City began their series against the Princeton Rays Sunday in West Virginia. Ten hits resulted in three runs for Cards in the game.

Cesar Valera went 2-for-2 with two of the three runs scored. Bruce Caldwell and Dutch Deol contributed two hits each as well. Lance Jeffries Jr., Jeremy Schaffer, Ronald Castillo and Ricardo Lizcano had the remaining four hits. Caldwell started off the game for Johnson City with a double to right in the first inning. Castillo singled in the second. Jeffries Jr. singled on a fly to left, and Castillo was replaced by pinch-hitter Lizcano during the third. Valera doubled and Deol tripled mid-game. Deol also had a double in the sixth to center. Caldwell doubled again in the eighth. However, despite the balanced hitting attack of Johnson City, they again could not find that clutch hit, going 1-for-15 with RISP, and standing 14.

The defense and pitching was unable to hold off Princeton. The loss went to Cory Jones (0-2, 7.27 ERA). He gave the Rays eight of their 13 runs in one IP, including a home run, while not recording an out in the second. Thomas Lee, Mike Aldrete and Cesar Aguilar also contributed work on the mound. Lee allowed one run, and Aguilar gave up four to seal the loss for Johnson City.

Hot and Cold Players of the Week


Nick Gillung (2-0, 3.77 ERA) picked up one of the two wins this week for the Cards. He has pitched lights out in two of his three starts for Johnson City, all of which were away games.

Silfredo Garcia (1-1, 2.38 ERA) was assigned to Johnson City on July 11. He has pitched 11.1 innings in two games for the team so far, both this week, against Kingsport and Elizabethton. Garcia has 16 strikeouts and no walks.

Stalyn Lopez (1-2, 6.52) took one of the bigger losses of the week for the Cardinals against the Twins. In 2.1 IP, he gave the Twins four runs on four hits with four walks and only one strike out.

Cory Jones also struggled for the Cards this week picking up his second loss on the year. He allowed eight runs in one IP Sunday against the Rays.


Ildemaro Vargas (.324 AVG), C.J. McElroy Jr. (.273 AVG), Jeremy Schaffer (.273 AVG) and Bruce Caldwell (.273 AVG) all had great at-bats in this week's series. Vargas scored five runs on eight hits this week, one being a home run. McElroy Jr. contributed five runs on five hits, as well as one RBI against the Twins on Tuesday. Schaffer added ten hits, two runs (one home run) and five RBI's. Caldwell laced two doubles and a homerun.

Dutch Deol (.127 AVG) scuffled at the plate, with three hits in 12 at-bats this week.

Next Week's Schedule

Monday-Tuesday, July 23-24: Johnson City Cardinals @ Princeton Rays (third in East)

Thursday-Saturday, July 26-28: Johnson City Cardinals @ Danville Braves (second in East)

Sunday, July 29: Johnson City Cardinals vs. Kingsport Mets (fourth in West)

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