Johnson City Cardinals Notebook: 2012 Week 11

The Cardinals' hopes for a three-peat ended with a loss to Burlington in the Appalachian League semi-finals.

The Johnson City Cardinals' 2012 season ended this week with a semi-final playoff loss to the Burlington Royals. In the regular season, the Cardinals finished second in the Western Division and had the third-best overall record in the Appalachian League. They went 39-28 for a .582 winning percentage. Their home game record was 19-15 and a balanced 20-13 in away games. The Royals and Elizabethton Twins now battle for the league championship.

Monday, August 27, Johnson City 3, Danville 5

Johnson City began its final regular season series against Danville on Monday with a loss. The Cards had eight hits.

Dutch Deol went 2-for-4. Ronald Castillo, Cesar Valera, Carson Kelly, Gerwuins Velazco, Ricardo Lizcano and Leandro Mateo contributed a hit each. The Cards scored their first run in the third when Bruce Caldwell hit a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Deol. The last two runs of the night by the Cardinals came in the fourth. Kelly belted out a home run to left center, scoring Velazco.

Juan Bautista (5.60 ERA) pitched the first six innings, giving up three earned runs on six hits. He was relieved by Sam Tuivailala (4.15 ERA) for one inning. Jeff Rauh (3-2, 5.18 ERA) took the loss. In the last two innings, he allowed the Braves two runs (one earned) and walked four.

Tuesday, August 28, Johnson City 8, Danville 7

The Cards won their last regular season game against Danville, 8-7. Johnson City and the Braves both had 12 hits.

C.J. McElroy Jr., Gerwuins Velazco and Cesar Valera supplied two hits. Ildemaro Vargas, Trevor Martin, Carson Kelly, Ricardo Lizcano, Dutch Deol and Lance Jeffries Jr. all contributed a hit. McElroy Jr'.s line drive to left allowed Valera to score in the third inning. Valera's sacrifice fly in the sixth scored Jeremy Schaffer. Deol singled on a line drive, which plated Velazco. McElroy Jr. singled to right as Kelly and Deol scored. Vargas hammered a home run in the eighth with Valera and McElroy Jr. ahead of him.

Cesar Aguilar (2-1, 4.13 ERA) earned the win pitching the last two innings. He allowed one earned run from three hits. Victor De Leon (3.25 ERA) and Willy Paulino (5.09 ERA) tossed the first two innings. De Leon gave up two earned runs and Paulino, no runs. Cole Brand (6.39 ERA) took the mound for four innings. He allowed three earned runs before being replaced by Jacob Booden (3.49 ERA) for an inning. Booden gave up a run. However, the Cards were playoff-bound.

Wednesday, August 29, Johnson City 2, Burlington 1

In the first game of the playoffs, Johnson City took home a win against Burlington. They had five hits overall.

Ildemaro Vargas, Jeremy Schaffer, Gerwuins Velazco, Carson Kelly and Ricardo Lizcano all contributed a hit. Kelly's was home run that he rocketed out of the park in the fourth inning. Schaffer singled to left in the seventh, plating Vargas for the last run of the night.

Silfredo Garcia (1-0, 0.00 ERA) earned the win. He gave up no runs and two hits over six innings. Joey Donofrio (H, 1) and Ronnie Shaban (S, 1) also pitched to secure the victory. Donofrio allowed one unearned run.

Thursday, August 30, Johnson City 2 at Burlington 4

The Cards lost the second semi-final contest, with only two runs from eight hits for the night.

Jeremy Schaffer, Gerwuins Velazco and Carson Kelly contributed two hits. C.J. McElroy Jr. and Cesar Valera had a hit. McElroy Jr. slammed a home run in the first inning to start off the game. Jeremy Schaffer doubled in the third, scoring McElroy Jr. Though, they began strong, the Cards could not keep up with the Royals and forced to play a must-win game Friday night.

Zach Petrick (0-1, 5.40 ERA) took the loss. In 5 IP, he faced 23 batters and allowed three earned runs. Cesar Aguilar relieved for one inning before being replaced by Sam Tuivailala (4.50 ERA). In the last two innings, Tuivailala gave up one earned run.

Friday, August 31, Johnson City 2 at Burlington 3

Johnson City faced the Royals on Friday for a second and final chance at winning one game to continue in the playoffs. However, they were defeated by Burlington, 3-2.

Ildemaro Vargas, Ronald Castillo and Leandro Mateo had two hits including a double each. Carson Kelly and Cesar Valera had the other two hits. The Cards did not score until the sixth inning. Kelly singled to right, bringing home Vargas. The second and last run came in the ninth inning. Castillo doubled to right, scoring Valera, but the Cardinals could not tie.

Victor De Leon (0-1, 3.86 ERA) took the loss. He pitched seven innings, giving the Royals all three earned runs. Willy Paulino pitched the last inning. He had two strikeouts and two walks.

Hot and Cold Players


Zach Petrick (5-0, 2.17 ERA) fell to tenth in the Appy League in wins. Joey Donofrio (1.26 ERA) and Silfredo Garcia (2.93 ERA) both went 4-2 this season. Juan Bautista pitched the most innings for the Cards, 54.2. He also allowed the most runs, 37 (34 earned). Ronnie Shaban pitched 20.2 innings and collected 16 saves.


Ildemaro Vargas (74) had the most hits in the Appalachian League and finished third in the batting race with a .322 average. C.J. McElroy Jr. was fifth in the league with 69 hits. Jeremy Schaffer hit the most home runs for Johnson City and stands in sixth place in the league with ten. Schaffer (51) led the Appy League in RBI.

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