Johnson City Cardinals Notebook: 2013 Week 9

Rowan Wick highlighted a successful week of Johnson City Cardinals baseball with three home runs and eight RBI.

A jam-packed week of nine games has the Johnson City Cardinals (6-3, 29-27 overall) riding momentum going into the final two weeks of the season.

The Cardinals swept their series against Bluefield and took two out of three games against Greeneville. The team wrapped up the period with a set against the Elizabethton Twins. The Twins took the first two games but Johnson City ended the week by preventing the sweep with a win on Saturday.

Sunday, Aug. 11, at Howard Johnson Field - (Game One) Cardinals 8, Blue Jays 3; (Game Two) Cardinals 5, Blue Jays 2

The Cardinals used a five-run third inning to secure the first of a two-game stint against the Blue Jays on Sunday.

Kenny Peoples-Walls (at designated hitter) and J.J. Altobelli each knocked home runs during the contest. Walls had four RBI to lead the team while Altobelli had three of his own.

Leandro Mateo (second base), and right fielder Rowan Wick joined Walls and Altobelli in the two-hit club on the night.

Alex Reyes started and pitched five innings to record the win. Reyes allowed two runs on four hits and struck out five.

Walls led the effort in game two with a 2-for-3 effort at the plate with two RBI to lead the Cardinals to the second win on the day.

Anderson Gerdel (3-1) picked up the win in relief of Michael Holback, who lasted four innings and allowed two runs on four hits. Gerdel pitched two innings and combined with Fernando Baez, who recorded his third save of the year, to shut out the Blue Jays the rest of the night.

Monday, Aug. 12, at Howard Johnson Field - (Game One) - Cardinals 7, Astros 5; (Game Two) Astros 8, Cardinals 4

The first game resumed from a July 23rd suspension as the Cardinals made the league-leading Astros sweat.

Johnson City strung together 11 hits in the game, led by Justin Ringo's 3-for-4 effort to pick up the victory. Second baseman Richy Pedroza led the team with two RBI.

Kyle Grana secured the win by tossing 1 1/3 innings. He was relieved by Zach Loraine, who recorded his first save of the season.

In the second game, the Astros brought the bats and won, 8-4.

Ringo, catcher Steve Bean, designated hitter Ronnierd Garcia and right fielder Rowan Wick each had an RBI. The club was led by two-hit efforts from Garcia, Ringo, second baseman Leandro Mateo and center fielder Jhohan Acevedo.

Luis Perdomo picked up his fifth loss of the season by tossing 3 2/3 innings in the start. Perdomo allowed seven runs on nine hits.

Tuesday, Aug. 13, at Howard Johnson Field - Cardinals 10, Astros 3

It is past all-star weekend, but the Cardinals were sure to put on a home run derby for fans in attendance. The team strung together 10 hits and got home runs off the bats of catcher Steve Bean, right fielder Rowan Wick and Kyle Grieshaber. Grieshaber, who normally serves in the outfield, made a nice debut at third base on the night.

First baseman Ronnierd Garcia and shortstop J.J. Altobelli each went 3-for-5 at the plate to lead the hitters. Garcia also legged out a triple on the night.

Richy Pedroza went 2-for-2, drew two walks and hauled in three RBI. He was joined in the two hit category by Greishaber, Wick and Bean. Kenny Peoples-Walls, at DH, and left fielder Jhohan Acevedo also had an RBI each.

Dailyn Martinez (3-3) got his record back to .500 as a starter after a solid showing in five innings. The star on the mound was Nick Lomascolo, who was credited the save after pitching four innings. He allowed no runs and struck out a whopping 10 batters.

Wednesday, Aug. 14, at Howard Johnson Field - Cardinals 9, Astros 4

It was Rowan Wick's world Wednesday night and we were just along for the ride. The Cardinals right fielder churned in an impressive 3-for-4 effort at the plate with two long balls and six RBI.

Wick was backed up well by the Cardinals offense. The team churned out nine hits with Frankie Rodriguez, who made the appearance at catcher, center fielder Vaughn Bryan and left fielder Yoenny Gonzalez each tacking on a RBI. Justin Ringo, who played first base, also had two hits.

After seven mound appearances, Will Anderson (1-3) made trip number eight count by recording his first win of the season. The starter lasted 5 2/3 innings, allowed two runs on three hits and struck out four.

Thursday, Aug. 15, at Joe O'Brien Field - Twins 4, Cardinals 0

The Twins used three pitchers to log the two-hit shutout and snap the Cardinals recent surge.

Kua Hua Lo allowed the only two hits by the Cardinals en route to the victory, from designated hitter Rowan Wick and shortstop J.J. Altobelli.

Blake McKnight (2-1) absorbed his first loss of the season by pitching the first five innings. McKnight allowed two runs on four hits and struck out four.

Stalyn Lopez, Anderson Gerdel and Fernando Baez each contributed an inning of relief work. Lopez and Baez allowed no hits during their stints while Gerdel allowed two runs in the seventh inning.

Friday, Aug. 16, at Joe O'Brien Field - Twins 3, Cardinals 2 - 14 Innings

The Cardinals drove in two runs early in the contest until the Twins whittled away at the lead to knot up the contest and take it into extra innings.

After being on the winning side of a game thanks to a wild pitch, the Cardinals saw the other side in the 14th inning when the Twins took advantage of a wild pitch to win the second game of the series.

Second baseman Richy Pedroza did the offensive damage for the Cardinals. Pedroza had two hits, including a two-RBI double in the top of the third frame.

Pitcher Michael Holback made his third start of the season and pitched well-enough to win. Holback received the no decision after pitching six innings. He allowed just one run on four hits and fanned nine Twins' batters.

Zach Loraine took the blown save after allowing the tying run in the eighth inning. The Cardinals used Fernando Baez and Norge Paredes for a combined five innings of solid relief work.

Ismael Brito (0-1) picked up the loss after allowing two hits and allowing the go ahead run on base. Kyle Grana finished up the contest on the pitching mishap that gave the Twins the victory.

Saturday, Aug. 17, at Joe O'Brien Field - Cardinals 9, Twins 6

Johnson City took an early 3-0 lead in the third inning and didn't look back to stall a potential Elizabethton series sweep.

While the offense was potent, the star of the night was pitcher Alex Reyes (5-3) who continues to shine as one of the top pitchers on the squad.

Reyes pitched 5 1/3 innings, allowed three runs on four hits and struck out five batters. Anderson Gerdel and Brandon Lee combined for 2 2/3 innings while Zach Loraine recorded his second save of the season.

Justin Ringo, from his designated hitter spot, highlighted the night by going a perfect 5-for-5 at the plate with four RBI. Second baseman Richy Pedroza strung together the other multi-hit performance by the Cardinals with three hits (two doubles and a triple) with three RBI. First baseman Ronnierd Garcia needed no hits to garner two RBI on walks.

Who's Hot

Rowan Wick - To say the Cardinals right fielder caught fire late in the week is an understatement. Wick had seven hits in five games and contributed three home runs and eight RBI.

Justin Ringo - Ringo leads the team with a .293 batting average and ended the week with a perfect plate appearance against the Twins in the victory.

Richy Pedroza - The Cardinals infielder has blasted nine hits in his past five games. Pedroza has eight RBI during that stretch and has a season batting average of .283.

Alex Reyes - The Cardinals emerging pitching star had a solid two starts last week to bump his record to 5-3.

Who's Cold

Ismael Brito - It wasn't a friendly welcome party for the new Johnson City Cardinals relief pitcher. Brito picked up the loss after a brief appearance in relief on Friday night.

Kenny Peoples-Walls - Walls had a good start of the week but the Cards shortstop cooled off towards the end. After a six-RBI effort in the double header against Bluefield on Sunday, Walls had just four singles and one RBI in the next five games.

Brian Vigo - With the addition of Jhonan Acevedo in the outfield, it seems Vigo has been lost in the shuffle. He made one game appearance last week against the Twins on Friday and went 0-for-3.

Roster Moves

There was one move made by the Cardinals organization last week. Pitcher Hansel De Los Santos was released from the squad on Sunday, Aug. 11.

There's been a healthy constancy to the lineup. Steve Bean has emerged as the team's main catcher while Frankie Rodriguez made one appearance behind the plate. Rowan Wick has seen regular time in right field.

Appalachian League West

Greeneville Astros 34-22
Kingsport Mets 31-24
Elizabethton Twins 29-27
Johnson City Cardinals 29-27
Bristol White Sox 15-39

Appalachian League East

Bluefield Blue Jays 38-17
Pulaski Mariners 35-21
Burlington Royals 25-30
Danville Braves 24-29
Princeton Rays 16-40

The Week Ahead

The Cardinals will open up a three-game homestand against the Bristol White Sox beginning Sunday. The team will be off Wednesday and will look to continue their surge towards the conference title with a road trip to Burlington, lasting Thursday-Saturday.

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