Johnson City Cardinals Notebook: 2013 Week 11

Ronnierd Garcia hit two home runs last week as the Cardinals wrapped up their season with a fourth-place finish in the Appalachian League West.

The Johnson City Cardinals (36-31) finished the week winning four out of six games but fell short in their bid to reach the Appalachian League postseason. Johnson City ended up fourth in the Appalachian League West, four games out of first and 1.5 games short of the playoffs. The Cards capped off the regular season with a 10-3 win over the Burlington Royals on Friday, August 30.

Sunday, Aug. 25, at Legion Field - Cardinals 4, Braves 1

Michael Holback made an early exit, facing just one batter, but Brandon Lee came to the rescue, picking up his first professional win. Lee allowed one run, unearned, and tossed four innings. He allowed four hits and struck out three.

In the ninth inning, Fernando Baez recorded his fifth save of the year. Baez allowed no hits and struck out two.

Shortstop J.J. Altobelli, first baseman Justin Ringo and third baseman Ronnierd Garcia drove in a run each. Ringo and Garcia had two hits to lead the Cardinals offense.

Monday, Aug. 26 at Legion Field - Cardinals 5, Braves 2

It was the Ronnierd Garcia show Monday night at American Legion Field.

The third baseman went 3-for-5 with five RBI, a home run and a double to spearhead the Cardinals offense in the win.

Center fielder Vaughn Bryan had three hits.

Will Anderson (2-3) chalked up the victory after five innings of work. Anderson allowed one run on four hits and struck out one.

Anderson Gerdel and Norge Paredes combined for 2 1/3 innings of relief to set the stage for Zach Loraine.

Loraine recorded his third save of the year, pitching 1 2/3 innings. He allowed just one hit and struck out two.

Tuesday, Aug. 27, at Legion Field - Cardinals 2, Braves 0

The road warriors only needed two runs to pull away with the sweep over the Braves.

Left fielder Jhohan Acevedo plated a run in the second inning and Devante Lacy scored on a pickoff attempt to win the game.

Starter Nick Lomascolo picked up his second win, pitching six innings while allowing just one hit while striking out eight.

Ismael Brito pitched scoreless two innings while Fernando Baez recorded his sixth save.

Wednesday, Aug. 28, at Howard Johnson Field - Royals 5, Cardinals 3

The Cardinals elimination from the playoff chase came on the heels of their loss to Burlington and Kingsport's win over Bluefield in 10 innings. The win set the two playoff teams from the Appalachian League West, as Greeneville joins first-place Kingsport.

Blake McKnight went six innings in the start and pitched well enough to win. McKnight allowed five hits and just one run while striking out seven.

The Cardinals drove in runs off the bats of first baseman Justin Ringo and third baseman Ronnierd Garcia to take the early 3-0 through four innings.

Norge Paredes pitched an inning in relief and allowed no runs but the Royals came back in the ninth inning against Zach Loraine. Loraine took a blown save as the Royals brought across three runs to seal the win.

The Cardinals combined for nine hits on the night. Center fielder Vaughn Bryan and Garcia tacked on three hits while shortstop Kenny Peoples-Walls had two.

Thursday, Aug. 29, at Howard Johnson Field - Royals 6, Cardinals 3

Burlington took a 3-2 lead through five innings and put the exclamation point on the contest with three ninth-inning runs to pull away.

Alex Reyes (6-4) took the loss on the mound in his 12th start of the year. Reyes pitched five innings, allowing three runs on eight hits and striking out six. Luis Perdomo pitched two shutout innings. Anderson Gerdel and Kyle Grana combined for two innings of relief work, with the Royals final three runs coming against Gerdel.

Shortstop Kenny Peoples-Walls led the Cards, going 2-for-3 at the plate with two RBI. Ronnierd Garcia, who was the designated hitter, drove in a run.

Friday, Aug. 30, at Howard Johnson Field - Cardinals 10, Royals 3

Left fielder Jhohan Acevedo and third baseman Ronnierd Garcia, who went on to play first base later in the contest, gave the Cardinals fans in Washington County the perfect going away present.

Both batters finished 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI to lead the rout over the Royals in the final regular season game of 2013.

The Cardinals went ahead early, taking 7-2 lead in the third inning. Catcher Steve Bean and right fielder Rowan Wick drove in a run apiece. Center fielder Vaughn Bryan had two hits on the night to join Garcia, Bean and Acevedo (led with three hits) in the multi-hit category.

Starter Dailyn Martinez (4-3) pitched five innings and allowed the Royals' runs in the contest. The combined effort of Fernando Baez, Ismael Brito and Kyle Grana put in four innings of relief work to shut Burlington in the remainder of the contest.

Season Leaders

Justin Ringo and Kenny Peoples-Walls led the team in batting, both finishing exactly at .300. Ronnierd Garcia was first with 39 RBI while Rowan Wick paced the team in home runs with 10. Vaughn Bryan led the Cards with 12 stolen bases.

Dailyn Martinez (4-3) led Johnson City in innings pitched with 63 1/3. Blake McKnight had the lowest ERA among the starters at 2.96 and Alex Reyes was the team leader with six wins and 68 strikeouts. Fernando Baez logged six saves and led the relievers with a 0.82 ERA.

Lineup Changes

Robelys Reyes saw time in the infield during his lone week with the squad.

Final standings
Appalachian League West

* Kingsport Mets 40-27
* Greeneville Astros 38-30
Elizabethton Twins 37-31
Johnson City Cardinals 36-31
Bristol White Sox 20-45

Appalachian League East

* Pulaski Mariners 41-27
* Bluefield Blue Jays 40-27
Danville Braves 29-36
Burlington Royals 29-38
Princeton Rays 25-43

* playoff clubs

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