Johnson City Cardinals Notebook: 2012 Week 7

The Cardinals continue to battle both their Appalachian League opponents and the weather.

The Johnson City Cardinals went 2-2 this week with two more rainouts, taking their winning percentage slightly down to .525. They continue to hold the third spot in the Western Division at 21-19 on the season. The Cards continue try to make a playoff push as they battle against the Greeneville Astros in a series that is scheduled to conclude with two games on Monday.

Monday, July 30, Johnson City 3, Kingsport 2

The Cardinals began their week with a victory against the Mets, 3-2, despite having just five hits. This was the last game of the series due to Tuesday's postponement, ending in an overall series win against Kingsport.

Trevor Martin went 2-for-4 (including a home run) with two runs and Ildemaro Vargas, Jeremy Schaffer and Gerwuins Velazco each contributed a hit. Lance Jeffries Jr. scored the other run. Martin was plated in the fifth as Vargas had reached first on a fielding error. Jeffries Jr. scored via a wild pitch. Martin ended the scoring for the Cards, hammering a walk off bomb to right.

Robert Canache (1-0, 0.00 ERA) earned the win. In his two IP, he struck out two and walked only one. Canache followed Juan Bautista (5.77 ERA), who in seven innings allowed the Mets two runs from six hits, including a home run, in his strong start.

Wednesday, August 1, Johnson City 5, Bluefield 6

The Cards opened their series against Bluefield in disappointing fashion, losing 6-5. Johnson City managed 13 hits for the game, but could plate only five.

Ildemaro Vargas and Adam Ehrlich both went 4-for-5. C.J. McElroy Jr. and Cesar Valera both picked up two hits and Dutch Deol added one as well. McElroy Jr. and Vargas scored four of the five runs. Deol accounted for the other. McElroy Jr. scored the first run on a single by Ehrlich in the bottom of the first. Deol and Vargas both were plated in the fifth. Vargas doubled in the ninth, scoring McElroy Jr. Ehrlich singled to center, allowing Vargas to score, but the rally fell just short.

Thomas Lee (1-3, 4.18 ERA) took the loss. He gave up four runs in 4.2 IP before being relieved by Joey Donofrio. Sam Tuivailala and Cole Brand each had time on the mound, too. This was Brand's first game with Johnson City since he was added that day from the GCL Cardinals. He pitched one inning and had one strikeout.

Thursday, August 2, Johnson City 7, Bluefield 5

The Cardinals came back with a win in the second game against the Blue Jays. Johnson City had seven runs on ten hits.

Bruce Caldwell, Ildemaro Vargas and Adam Ehrlich each belted out two hits. C.J. McElroy Jr., Carson Kelly, Ronald Castillo and Dutch Deol also had a hit apiece. Vargas scored three time, one via a home run. Caldwell scored twice and Jeremy Schaffer and Ehrlich both had a run credited to their name. Schaffer and Caldwell were plated in the fourth inning after Castillo singled. Vargas blasted a home run to left in the fifth, his second of the season. Kelly doubled in the sixth, allowing Caldwell to score again. Vargas and Ehrlich scored via a wild pitch in the seventh to seal the win.

Silfredo Garcia (2-1, 4.13 ERA) earned the win after pitching 6.1 innings, giving up four earned runs from seven hits. Garcia was relieved by Jeff Rauh (H, 3, 3.94 ERA) for one IP before being replaced by Ronnie Shaban (S, 10, 3.07 ERA). Shaban closed out the game for the Cards, allowing only one hit with two strikeouts.

This was the last game of the series against the Blue Jays due to rain cancellation Friday night.

Saturday, August 4, Johnson City 2, Greeneville 3 (10 innings)

The Cardinals lost the opening game against the Astros, getting two runs from eight hits. This game was a close one and needed extra innings to produce a winner.

Ildemaro Vargas and Adam Ehrlich scored the two Cardinals runs, via the latter's a two-run home run in the ninth. Vargas went 2-for-5 and Ehrlich, 2-for-4. C.J. McElroy Jr., Bruce Caldwell, Carson Kelly and Lance Jeffries Jr. contributed a hit each.

Zach Petrick (2.43 ERA) started, pitching four innings. He gave up two earned runs before being relieved by Mike Aldrete (2.49 ERA) for three innings. Cesar Aguilar (0-1, 6.08 ERA) pitched the last 2.2 innings and took the loss. He allowed the one earned run which gave the Astros the walk-off victory.

Sunday's game was postponed due to rain.

Hot and Cold Players of the Week

Pitching

Silfredo Garcia (2-1, 4.13 ERA) and Roberto Canache (1-0, 0.00 ERA) earned the two wins this week for the Cards. This was Canache's first week with the team. He pitched the day he arrived from the GCL. In his 3.2 IP this week, he has yet to give up any runs and yielded only one hit. Despite getting the one win, Garcia allowed eight earned runs in his 12.2 innings.

Thomas Lee (1-3, 4.18 ERA) took one of the two losses in the past week. In his first start of the season, Lee allowed four runs against Bluefield in 4.2 IP.

Hitting

After recently joining Johnson City, Adam Ehrlich has logged a .615 AVG. He has gone 8-for-13 at the plate, and scored twice in his three games with the Cardinals. One of his runs was a home run against the Astros. Ildemaro Vargas is also hitting a solid .295 for the Cards in his last 10 games.

C.J. McElroy is second in the Appalachian League with 18 stolen bases and tenth in runs scored this season. Carson Kelly still holds the team lead in home runs with seven, yet has fallen to a tie for fifth in the entire Appy League. Jeremy Schaffer follows closely behind him with six long balls and stands in a tie for eighth in the league.

Team Transactions

8/1 - RHP Cole Brand assigned to JC from GCL. He was selected in the 42nd round of the 2010 amateur draft.

Next Week's Schedule

Monday, August 6: Johnson City Cardinals at Greeneville Astros
Tuesday-Thursday, August 7-9: Johnson City Cardinals vs. Elizabethton Twins
Friday-Sunday, August 10-12: Johnson City Cardinals vs. Pulaski Mariners

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