Johnson City Cardinals Notebook: 2012 Week 8

The Cardinals have taken over second place in the Appalachian League West Division.

Johnson City went 5-3 this week. The Cardinals now hold second place in the Western Division and fourth in the entire Appalachian League, with a 26-22 record, while raising their winning percentage to .542.

Monday, August 6, Johnson City 8 at Greeneville 2; Johnson City 5 at Greeneville 1

Johnson City started the week with a double-header against the Astros, bringing home two more wins.

The first game began strong and continued that way for its entirety as the Cardinals banged out 13 hits. Bruce Caldwell went 3-for-3 with three runs scored. Adam Ehrlich, Cesar Valera and Ronald Castillo added two runs each. C.J. McElroy Jr., Ildemaro Vargas, Carson Kelly and Leandro Mateo scored the remaining runs giving the Cards plenty of insurance.

Caldwell scored off a double by Valera in the second. Valera was plated when Castillo hit a single. Castillo scored via a sacrifice fly to center by McElroy Jr. Caldwell hammered one out to right in the third. McElroy Jr. doubled on a line drive to left in the fourth inning, scoring Valera. The remaining three runs came from Vargas, Caldwell and Ehrlich in the fifth inning to solidify the win.

Victor De Leon (2-0, 2.54 ERA) earned the victory. He allowed two earned runs in 5 IP. Roberto Canache relieved for the last two innings.

After the first win, the Cards kept that fire to pick up the second, as well. Johnson City came away with nine hits, scoring their five runs in the last two innings of the game while holding Greeneville to only one run.

Dutch Deol and Gerwuins Velazco both roped two hits and Vargas, Ehrlich, Jeremy Schaffer, Castillo and Valera accounted for the other five hits. Deol singled to center in the sixth, allowing Castillo to score first for the Cards. Mateo began the scoring riot in the final inning after Kelly reached on a fielding error. Kelly then scored on a double by Valera. Velazco singled to left, plating Castillo and Valera.

Stalyn Lopez (3-2, 4.88 ERA) pitched all seven innings for the Cards, and allowed one earned run on just four hits.

Tuesday, August 7, Johnson City 4, Elizabethton 2

The Cards won the opening game of the series with the Twins with four runs on five hits.

C.J. McElroy Jr. went 2-for-4. Ildemaro Vargas, Adam Ehrlich and Jeremy Schaffer supplied a hit apiece. Schaffer hit a sacrifice fly to left in the first inning, scoring Vargas. The other three runs were plated in the third inning. Vargas belted a home run to left, which also scored McElroy Jr. Schaffer doubled (14) to center, bringing in Ehrlich for the last run of the game.

The defense and pitching were nearly flawless, holding the Twins to only two runs. Juan Bautista (2-3, 5.22 ERA) took the win, pitching 5.1 innings. He gave up one of the two earned runs. Jacob Booden (H, 2), Sam Tuivailala (H, 2) and Ronnie Shaban (S, 11) also saw time on the mound. Tuivailala allowed the other run in the ninth inning before being replaced by Shaban, who earned the save in his 0.2 IP.

Wednesday, August 8, Johnson City 2, Elizabethton 5

Johnson City ran out of gas in the second game against the Twins, losing 5-2. They had seven hits total.

Ildemaro Vargas went 3-for-4 and Gerwuins Velazco, 2-for-3. Cesar Valera and Lance Jeffries Jr. accounted for the other two hits. Vargas doubled (12) in the third, scoring Velazco for the first of two runs. Jeffries Jr. scored from a throwing error by first baseman Joshua Hendricks in the eighth.

Silfredo Garcia (2-2, 3.60 ERA) took the loss while going 6 IP. The Twins only earned one of the three runs against Garcia. He was replaced by Joey Donofrio (2.12 ERA), who was relieved by Cole Brand (4.50 ERA) after two innings. Brand gave up two runs (one earned) from four hits in one inning.

Thursday, August 9, Johnson City 3, Elizabethton 4

The Cardinals lost the final game of the series, 3-4, dropping theseries against Elizabethton two games to one.

Bruce Caldwell supplied two of the seven hits and two of the three runs for the Cards. Jeremy Schaffer accounted for one hit and the remaining run. Ildemaro Vargas, Cesar Valera and Adam Ehrlich gave the Cardinals the remaining three hits. Caldwell scored in the second inning due to a fielding error by third baseman Travis Harrison. The Cards attempted to rally in the ninth, but could not manage to catch up to the Twins. Caldwell doubled to left to score Schaffer. Caldwell scored shortly after Castillo grounded into a costly double-play in the ninth.

Thomas Lee (1-4, 4.50 ERA) picked up the loss. He threw four innings and gave up four runs (three earned) from 20 batters-faced. Cesar Aguilar and Jeff Rauh pitched the remainder of the game, and managed to hold the Twins to no runs, as the Cards tried to come back.

Friday, August 10, Johnson City 10, Pulaski 3

Johnson City dominated in the series opener against Pulaski, claiming a 10-3 victory. The Cards managed twelve hits for the evening.

C.J. McElroy Jr. had a 3-for-5 night, while Jeremy Schaffer and Adam Ehrlich both went 2-for-4. Ildemaro Vargas, Michael Knox, Bruce Caldwell, Dutch Deol and Leandro Mateo all picked up a hit as well. Vargas belted a triple in the first, scoring McElroy Jr. Vargas then scored off a wild pitch by Wander Marte. Schaffer hit a bomb to left in the third, scoring both Vargas and Ehrlich. Schaffer doubled to center in the seventh, allowing Ehrlich to score. Schaffer was then plated after a wild pitch by Domingo Brazoban. Deol doubled (5) to center, scoring Caldwell.

Even after a pitching change by the Mariners, the Cards continued to score. Deol came home on a fielding error by shortstop Martin Peguero. McElroy Jr. singled, scoring Mateo for the last run of the night by Johnson City.

Willy Paulino (1-0, 1.50 ERA) pitched his first game with the Cards and earned a big win with 6 IP and one run given up. Mike Aldrete (3.18 ERA) allowed two earned runs in one inning before being replaced by Roberto Canache (0.00 ERA). Jacob Booden (4.58 ERA) pitched the last inning.

Saturday, August 11, Johnson City 10, Pulaski 2

Johnson City held Pulaski to two runs for another victory. The Cardinals managed ten runs off thirteen hits. Every player had a hit in the game. C.J. McElroy Jr. and Ronald Castillo had three each. The rest contributed one apiece, one of which was a home run by Michael Knox.

Knox kicked off the game for the Cards with a home run in the second inning. Castillo and McElroy Jr. scored in the third. Ildemaro Vargas singled in the fifth, plating Castillo. The Cards exploded in the eighth, scoring six more runs and adding another win against the Mariners.

Zach Petrick (4-0, 1.96 ERA) took the win. In 7 IP, he faced 28 batters and managed to hold the Mariners to no runs. Sam Tuivailala (4.00 ERA) followed for 0.2 innings before Ronnie Shaban (3.78 ERA) closed out the game for Johnson City, picking up his twelfth save of the season.

Sunday, August 12, Johnson City 9, Pulaski 14

The Cards lost their momentum in the final game of the series, as they were defeated 14-9. Johnson City still took the series however, two games to one. They had ten hits for the night.

Leandro Mateo, Jeremy Schaffer and Gerwuins Velazco each had two hits. Carson Kelly, Ronald Castillo, Lance Jeffries Jr. and Ildemaro Vargas had hits as well. Schaffer doubled to center in the third, scoring Jeffries Jr., Adam Ehrlich and Mateo. Jeffries Jr. and Mateo were plated on a wild pitch in the seventh. Vargas then scored when Schaffer singled to right. Defense and pitching struggled in the eighth, allowing Pulaski seven runs. The Cards came back to score three more runs, but could not mount a rally sufficient enough to pull out the victory.

Victor De Leon (3.06 ERA) was the starting pitcher for and went four innings before being relieved by Joey Donofrio, who took the loss (1-2, 1.89 ERA). Jeff Rauh, Mike Aldrete, Jacob Booden and Cole Brand saw time pitching as well.

Hot and Cold Players of the Week


Zach Petrick (4-0, 1.96 ERA) currently has the most wins for the Cards and is eleventh in the Appalachian League. Willy Paulino pitched his first game this week with Johnson City and took a win, giving him a 1.50 ERA.

Thomas Lee (1-4, 4.50 ERA) continues to struggle on the mound. He took a loss again this week against the Elizabethton Twins.


Ildemaro Vargas (.320 AVG) and Adam Ehrlich (.457 AVG) have had the hot bats this week for the Cards. Vargas had six hits and scored three runs. Two of the hits were doubles and one a triple. Ehrlich belted out six hits and scored six runs in this week's games.

For the season, C.J. McElroy Jr. has scored the most runs for the Cardinals and stands in 11th in the Appy League.

Team Transactions

8/6- Cory Jones was assigned from Johnson City to the GCL Cardinals.

8/6- Steven Gallardo was assigned from Johnson City to the GCL Cardinals.

8/6- Johnson City picked up RHP Willy Paulino from Quad Cities River Bandits. The right-hander was signed from the Dominican Republic in 2010. In 2011, he was a Gulf Coast League All-Star and was named the GCL Cardinals Relief Pitcher of the Year by The Cardinal Nation/

Next Week's Schedule

Tuesday-Thursday, August 14-16: Johnson City Cardinals at Kingsport Mets (A double-header will be held Tuesday due to a postponed game on July 31.) Friday-Sunday, August 17-19: Johnson City Cardinals vs. Princeton Rays (A make-up game is scheduled for Friday for a postponed game that occurred on July 24.)

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