The Johnson City Cardinals (33-29) currently have a one-game hold on second place heading into the final week of action in the Appalachian League. If the Cardinals hang on, they will qualify for the postseason.
Sunday, August 17 at Boyce Cox Field - Game One: Bristol 14, Johnson City 6; Game Two: 8-2
The Pirates docked their ships and weren't going to let the Cardinals open with a win.
Starter Steven Farinaro recorded the loss after being knocked around for nine runs in three innings.
In game two, Cole Lankford and Casey Turgeon put a new emphasis on the boom brothers. The two accounted for eight RBI and three home runs. Lankford blasted three run homers in the first and fifth while Turgeon added a two-run bomb in the fourth.
Monday, August 18 at Boyce Cox Field - Bristol 6, Johnson City 3
Bristol was quick to protect its home field from the Redbirds.
Cole Lankford went 2-for-3 with a double, triple and two RBI. Third baseman Chris Rivera also had a run-scoring hit.
Matt Pearce took the loss after allowing nine hits and five runs, four earned, in five innings.
Tuesday, August 19 at Boyce Cox Field - Johnson City 12, Bristol 6
In a sloppy contest with eight errors, four per team, Johnson City came out victorious.
Dailyn Martinez recorded the win following scoreless six innings of work.
Thursday, August 21 at Legion Field - Johnson City 3, Danville 2
Jonathan Escudero recorded his fourth win in relief as the road warriors from Johnson City opened the series with a win.
Oscar Mercado and Blake Drake contributed run-scoring hits and Cole Lankford added two hits. Casey Grayson had a run-scoring walk.
Juan Caballero picked up his fifth save.
Friday, August 22 at Legion Field - Johnson City 3, Danville 2
Left fielder Devante Lacy used his quick feet to score the go-ahead run in the seventh inning, carrying Johnson City to its second win over Danville.
The Cards outfielders accounted for all of the scoring with Blake Drake tacking on a two-run double. First baseman Casey Grayson had two hits.
Saturday, August 23 at Legion Field - Danville 4, Johnson City 3
Danville scored once in the 11th inning to prevent a sweep by the surging Cardinals.
Outfielders Anthony Ray and Blake Drake each went 2-for-4 in the contest while Jesus Ustariz cranked a solo home run in the second inning. Drake also tacked on an RBI.
Juan Caballero took the loss in relief.
Casey Turgeon - Turgeon was busy last week scoring seven times on just four hits. He also drew seven walks. Turgeon currently leads the team with a .304 batting average and .425 on-base mark.
Blake Drake - During a busy week, Drake contributed nine hits in 30 at-bats (.300) with four RBI.
Oscar Mercado - The Cardinals infielder scored six runs on six hits in 25 at-bats.
Juan Perez – Coming off a win last week, Perez is the top Cardinals starter with a 3.03 ERA and a 5-3 record.
Carlos Torres - Torres has been lost in the outfield pool. In four games, he had three hits with three strikeouts.
Steven Farinaro – The righty had a loss and no decision last week, allowing 10 earned runs in eight innings. He is 2-4 with a 4.71 ERA on the season.
Juan Caballero – The reliever scored one save but took two losses this past week.
Adam Ehrlich – Last week, the catcher had just one hit in 16 at-bats.
Appalachian League Standings
1) Elizabethton Twins 34-27
2) Johnson City Cardinals 33-29
3) Kingsport Mets 32-30
4) Greeneville Astros 30-30
5) Bristol Pirates 19-42
1) Princeton Rays 34-26
2) Danville Braves 34-27
3) Pulaski Mariners 33-27
4) Bluefield Blue Jays 29-33
5) Burlington Royals 27-34
The Week Ahead
The Cardinals enter a week with six vital games. JC travels to Kingsport for a three-game set and follow with three against Greeneville. The regular season ends Friday.
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