Johnson City Cardinals Notebook: 2013 Week 10

Kenny Peoples-Walls blasted two home runs last week to help spearhead the Cardinals to three wins.

The Johnson City Cardinals are nearing the season end and it is full steam ahead for the final six-game leg. The club is three games out of first place and 2.5 out of second. The team picked up an extra-inning victory over the Bristol White Sox and pair of wins against the Burlington Royals in a 3-2, five-game week.

Sunday, Aug. 18, at Howard Johnson Field - Cardinals 9, White Sox 2 (6 innings)

The game was cut short, only running through six, but the Cardinals needed just a seven-run first inning effort to pull away with a victory.

Shortstop Kenny Peoples-Walls went yard as the ball club had luck with the number three.

Walls went 3-for-3 with three RBI. First baseman Justin Ringo went 2-for-3 and knocked in two runs. Catcher Frankie Rodriguez, right fielder Jhohan Acevedo, designated hitter Ronnierd Garcia, and center fielder Vaughn Bryan each had an RBI.

Starter Luis Perdomo pitched only two innings and allowed the two White Sox runs. Stalyn Lopez earned his first victory of the year in relief. Lopez pitched three innings, allowing no runs on three hits and struck out five.

Monday, Aug. 19, at Howard Johnson Field - White Sox 5, Cardinals 4 (12 innings)

It was a heartbreaker in Johnson City on Monday when the White Sox escaped with a run in extra innings to come away with a victory. ,p> The Cardinals got their runs of the bats of designated hitter Ronnierd Garcia, third baseman J.J. Altobelli, catcher Steve Bean and right fielder Jhohan Acevedo.

Second baseman Richy Pedroza, shortstop Kenny Peoples-Walls, Acevedo, and Altobelli each had two hits. Brian Vigo, Leandro Mateo, Yoenny Gonzales, Kyle Grieshaber, and Frankie Rodriguez all saw extended playing time due to the extra innings.

Nick Lomascolo took the loss in relief. He pitched 1 1/3 inning and allowed three runs. Starter Dailyn Martinez pitched a no-decision but gave an effort deserving of a win. Martinez lasted seven innings, giving up just six hits to allow only one run.

Tuesday, Aug. 20, at Howard Johnson Field - Cardinals, White Sox -postponed

The game final game in the series was cancelled due to unplayable field conditions caused by inclement weather. The makeup time for the game is to be determined.

Thursday, Aug. 22, at Burlington Athletic Stadium, NC. - Cardinals 7, Royals 4

Johnson City cranked out 14 hits in the series opener against Burlington to score a convincing victory on the road. Right fielder Rowan Wick went 2-for-4 and knocked his 10th home run of the season. Wick finished with two RBI. Catcher Steve Bean joined his teammate in the 2-for-4 club with two RBI of his own.

Blake McKnight chalked up his third victory of the year after lasting five innings in the start. McKnight allowed four runs on eight hits but also struck out six. The combined four-inning effort from relievers Will Anderson, Zach Loraine and Fernando Baez kept the Royals at bay for the Cardinals' victory. Baez pitched the final inning of the contest and struck out three to pick up his fourth save of the season.

Friday, Aug. 23, at Burlington Athletic Stadium, NC. - Cardinals 9, Royals 4

The Cardinals continued to swing their hot bats from the previous outing and plated nine runs on nine hits, including home runs from shortstop J.J. Altobelli (sixth of the year) and shortstop Kenny Peoples-Walls (seventh of the year).

Walls finished the contest 3-for-5 with two RBI. Ringo, second baseman Richy Pedroza and catcher Steve Bean also tacked on two RBI each. Designated hitter Ronnierd Garcia, Altobelli and Ringo had two hits.

Alex Reyes picked up the win in his 11th start of the season. Reyes lasted five innings, allowing just two runs on three hits and striking out eight.

Saturday, Aug. 24, at Burlington Athletic Stadium, NC. - Royals 5, Cardinals 4

Both teams had the nail-biter going until the sixth inning when the Royals squeezed out a run and held on for the victory.

The Cardinals were led on offense by catcher Steve Bean. Bean went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Second baseman Richy Pedroza, third baseman J.J. Altobelli and left fielder Jhohan Acevedo each had a hit each to round out the Cardinals six hits on the night.

Miscues by the Royals defense allowed first baseman Ronnierd Garcia and center fielder Vaughn Bryan to score on errors in the third inning.

The Cardinals last stand came in the top of the fourth when Bean scored on a passed ball.

Dailyn Martinez started the contest and took a no-decision for his five innings of work. Martinez allowed four runs on six hits, including a home run. Luis Perdomo chalked up the loss in relief action, allowing a run in his inning appearance.

Nick Lomascolo and Zach Loraine rounded out the relief duties, pitching a combined two innings and allowing just two hits and no runs.

Appalachian League News

Right fielder Rowan Wick, shortstop Kenny Peoples-Walls and center fielder Vaughn Bryan were named to the Appalachian League All-Star Team last week.

Roster Moves

Outfielder Yoenny Gonzalez was placed on the Cardinals restricted list last week after a positive drug test. On Saturday, third baseman Robelys Reyes was assigned to the Johnson City Cardinals from the Dominican Summer League Cardinals team.

Who's Hot

Alex Reyes – The right-hander won his fourth consecutive start during his sixth win of the season on Friday. He struck out eight batters and allowed three hits over five innings. The first-year player currently sits with a 6-3 overall record with a 3.21 ERA.

Kenny Peoples-Walls - The key cog in the Cardinals offensive machine caught fire during last week. Walls had nine hits in three games including two home runs.

Who's Cold

Luis Perdomo - Perdomo has struggled as of late on the mound, picking up his sixth loss of the season against Burlington Friday night. His season ERA is 5.67, including an 8.74 mark in four August appearances.

Leandro Mateo - The Cardinals infielder only made two appearances during the week. He had his one lone hit against the Royals on Monday. Mateo is batting just .139 in August and .170 for the season.

Appalachian League West

Kingsport Mets 35–26
Greeneville Astros 35-27
Elizabethton Twins 33-28
Johnson City Cardinals 32-29
Bristol White Sox 16-43

Appalachian League East

Bluefield Blue Jays 40-21
Pulaski Mariners 38-23
Burlington Royals 27-34
Danville Braves 26-33
Princeton Rays 22-40

The Week Ahead

It is the deciding week for the Cardinals. The squad will open up a three-game home stand against the Danville Braves Sunday and will wrap up the regular season with a series against Burlington at Howard Johnson Field starting Wednesday.

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