Johnson City Cardinals Notebook: 2012 Week 6

The Appalachian League Cardinals are hot, coming off a perfect week that included three straight extra-inning wins.

The Johnson City Cardinals went 5-0 in this week's games. They now own a .528 winning percentage, keeping them in third for the Western Division, 6 ½ games out of first and two games out of a playoff spot. The Cards are now 19-17 on the season and will continue their series against the Kingsport Mets on Monday in Johnson City.

Monday, July 23, Johnson City 9 at Princeton 8 (11 innings)

Johnson City held off Princeton in an extremely close game, going into the 11th inning before defeating them, 9-8. The Cards had ten hits overall.

Jeremy Schaffer and Steve Bean both contributed two hits on the night. C.J. McElroy Jr., Bruce Caldwell, Carson Kelly, Lance Jeffries Jr., Cesar Valera and Dutch Deol had a hit apiece to round out the offensive effort. All Cardinals players crossed the plate for a run in the game except for Ricardo Lizcano and Dutch Deol. Bean had three RBIs and Schaffer, two. McElroy Jr., Kelly and Valera each added an RBI as well. Kelly blasted a home run in the fourth, his sixth of the season. Bean belted one out too in the fourth (his first as a professional). Deol hammered a double to center in the 11th inning. McElroy then singled, scoring Thomas Lee (pinch-hitter for Bean) with the winning run.

Dixon Llorens (2-0, 0.00 ERA) earned the win for the Cards, pitching three innings and only allowing one hit and striking out seven. Ronnie Shaban (3.27 ERA) took the save after relieving Llorens. Juan Bautista and Joey Donofrio also saw the mound for a combined seven IP. Bautista gave up seven runs (one home run) off seven hits in 3 1/3 IP in his start, and Donofrio allowed one run from three hits after relieving Bautista.

Tuesday's game against Princeton was postponed due to rain.

It will be played as part of an August 21 doubleheader.

Thursday, July 26, Johnson City 6 at Danville 5 (10 innings)

The Cardinals started off their series against Danville with a 6-5 win. The Cards belted out 14 hits.

Cesar Valera, Ronald Castillo and Jeremy Schaffer contributed three hits each and a combined two runs. Bruce Caldwell and Carson Kelly supplied two hits apiece and C.J. McElroy Jr. added another. Schaffer and Kelly both blasted one out of the park, giving Kelly his seventh and Schaffer his sixth for the season. Caldwell, Lance Jeffries Jr. and Kelly scored the other four runs to round out the scoring.

Kelly was the first to score for the Cards in the second inning with his bomb to right center field. Caldwell doubled in the fourth to left on a line drive. Castillo and Valera also singled in that inning, scoring Kelly for his second and final run of the game. Schaffer blasted his home run to left in the fifth. Jeffries Jr. crossed the plate on a single by Schaffer in the seventh. After the game went into extra innings, Castillo doubled in the tenth, and Valera singled scoring him to give Johnson City the win.

Jeff Rauh (3-1, 3.86 ERA) earned the victory and Ronnie Shaban (3.00 ERA) got the save, his ninth of the season. Dixon Llorens, Mike Aldrete, Thomas Lee and Victor De Leon also contributed time on the mound. De Leon allowed four earned runs off four hits in the start and Aldrete gave up one unearned run, keeping Danville in the game for the time being.

Friday, July 27, Johnson City 6 at Danville 5 (11 innings)

Oddly enough, the score matched the second game of the series. The difference was that the Cardinals had twelve hits and it went into an 11th inning this time, but the Braves were still defeated.

C.J. McElroy Jr. went 3-for-5 with one run. Ildemaro Vargas, Jeremy Schaffer and Cesar Valera had two hits apiece. Ronald Castillo, Carson Kelly and Gerwuins Velazco all contributed a hit each as well. The runs came from Leandro Mateo (first game with the Cardinals), Valera, Castillo, Kelly, Vargas and McElroy Jr.

The first run scored in the third by Valera after a double to right from McElroy Jr. Vargas and McElroy Jr. crossed the plate for two runs in the sixth. Mateo scored during the eighth after replacing Steve Bean. Kelly scored in the ninth via a double by Velazco. The last run of the night came from Castillo to finalize the victory.

Joey Donofrio (1-1, 2.63 ERA) took the win after striking out three and allowing no runs over two innings. Ronnie Shaban (BS, 1, 3.46 ERA), Roberto Canache and Silfredo Garcia also pitched. Canache tossed his first 1.2 innings with the Cards after being promoted on Thursday from the GCL Cardinals. He had two strikeouts and no hits or runs before being relieved by Shaban.

Saturday, July 28, Johnson City 4 at Danville 0

Johnson City rounded out the series against the Braves with a 4-0 win, with no extra innings necessary. The Cards had six hits and a home run by Dutch Deol (his first of the season and his career) to earn the sweep against the Braves.

Deol scored the final run of the night in the ninth inning when he blasted a solo shot to left center. Jeremy Schaffer, Carson Kelly, Cesar Valera and Gerwuins Velazco also contributed hits. Michael Knox, Schaffer and Ronald Castillo contributed the other three runs. The first run for the game was by Knox in the second after a single by Valera. Kelly scored Schaffer in the sixth on a double to left. Valera singled again in the eighth to score Castillo.

Zach Petrick (3-0, 2.10 ERA) faced 19 batters and did not allow any runs for six innings, earning the win. Sam Tuivailala (H, 1, 5.40 ERA), Cesar Aguilar (H, 2, 6.75 ERA) and Jeff Rauh pitched the remaining three innings locking up the win for the Cards. The Braves offense was only able to muster three hits in the game.

Sunday, July 29, Johnson City 6, Kingsport 2

Johnson City wrapped up the week with another victory. They scored six runs off twelve hits, defeating the Mets in the opening game of the series.

Trevor Martin went 3-for-4 and C.J. McElroy Jr., Leandro Mateo, Jeremy Schaffer and Carson Kelly each went 2-for-4 at the dish. Two of the Cards runs came in the first inning. McElroy Jr. scored on a single by Schaffer. Mateo scored on a wild pitch by Kingsport pitcher Chris Flexen. Martin doubled in the fourth, scoring Kelly. McElroy Jr. once again scored via a single by Schaffer in the seventh. Velazco put down a sacrifice bunt to plate Mateo. Kelly singled, allowing Schaffer to cross the plate for the final run by the Cards on the evening.

Stalyn Lopez (2-2, 5.92 ERA) started the game and earned the win. In five IP, he gave up two earned runs on four hits and had four walks and five strikeouts. Jacob Booden (H, 1, 5.29 ERA) and Mike Aldrete (2.89 ERA) closed out the game for Johnson City.

Hot and Cold Players of the Week


Dixon Llorens pitched against Danville and Princeton this week and earned the win against the Rays. He has pitched 15.2 innings this season and not allowed a run. His opponents' AVG is .098, earning him a promotion to Quad Cities.

Roberto Canache joined the Cards this week after being transferred from the GCL. He pitched against Danville for 1.2 innings. Canache gave up no hits, runs and walked no one.


Jeremy Schaffer performed well this week. He drove in six runs on eight hits in 19 at-bats (.421) and is working on a nine-game hitting streak.

Carson Kelly keeps belting home runs; he had his seventh of the season this week in 121 total at-bats. His total is tops on the team and tied for fourth in the Appy League.

Michael Knox and Dutch Deol continue to struggle at the plate. Knox has only managed one hit in the last ten games and just seven for the season (.119 average). Deol had two hits in this week's games, which actually raised his season average to .132.

Team Transactions

7/25 - SS Leandro Mateo was assigned to Johnson City from Batavia. He has played three games this season for the Muckdogs and had one hit in ten at-bats.

7/26 - RHP Roberto Canache was assigned to the JC Cardinals from the GCL Cardinals.

7/29 - C Adam Ehrlich was assigned to Johnson City from the GCL Cardinals.

Next Week's Schedule

Monday-Tuesday, July 30-31: Johnson City Cardinals vs. Kingsport Mets
Wednesday-Friday, August 1-3: Johnson City Cardinals vs. Bluefield Blue Jays
Saturday-Sunday, August 4-5: Johnson City Cardinals at Greeneville Astros

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