Johnson City Cardinals Notebook: 2015 Week 8

The Appalachian League Cardinals broke their seven-game losing skid. Shortstop Edmundo Sosa is red-hot at the plate.

It was a crazy week for the Johnson City Cardinals as rain and weather accounted for numerous delays and cancellations to the Birds schedule. The Cards finally ended their losing streak at seven games, finishing the 1-4 week with an overall record of 22-27 and falling into last place in the Appalachian League West.

Here’s how the week happened:

August 9th: Kingsport Mets 4, Johnson City Cardinals 3

The Cardinals started the week at Hunter Wright Stadium Sunday night to take on the Kingsport Mets, and the two teams were back-and-forth through the entire contest.

While Kingsport scored their first run in the bottom of the second inning, the Birds were not able to get a run on the board until the top of the 7th when Allen Staton scored on a DeAndre Asbury-Heath single line drive to center field. JC scored a single run in the 8th, and Kingsport got their second run of the game in the bottom of the 9th, causing the game to go into extra innings.

Both the Cards and the Mets scored a single run in the 10th. The Cards run came from Magneuris Sierra coming home on an Allan Staton ground ball single to center field. Going into the 11th, the game was tied 3-3, but the 12th inning was the deciding point. The Mets scored their last run on a line drive to Cardinals left fielder Anthony Ray off losing pitcher Anderson Gerdel.

Staton, Hunter Newman, and Joey Hawkins led the Cardinals with two hits apiece.

August 10th : Bristol at Johnson City Game One

Postponed until 8/12/15

August 10th: Bristol at Johnson City Game Two

Postponed until 8/12/15

August 11th: Johnson City Cardinals vs. Bristol Pirates

Game Cancelled (Rain)

August 12th: Bristol Pirates 10, Johnson City Cardinals 7 Game One

In the final regular season meeting between the Cards and the Pirates, the teams continued their postponed game from Monday evening.

Both the Cards and the Pirated started the game very strong, with each team scoring four runs in the first inning, which started with Bristol’s Henrry Rosario hitting a bomb to right field off Cardinals starting pitcher Juan Bautista. While Bristol had relatively big innings in both the 3rd and 4th, JC was not able to get another run on the board until the bottom of the 7th, when Eliezer Alvarez hit an inside the park homer to right center field. The Cards put two more runs on the board in the inning, but an Edmundo Sosa strikeout was the final out for the Cardinals in the bottom of the 7th, ending the game with the Pirates on top 10-7.

Alvarez, Chris Rivera, Newman, and Asbury-Heath all tacked in two hits for the Cardinals, and Eliezer Alvarez had three RBI to go along with his homerun. Ramon Santos got the loss for the final regular season meeting between the two teams.

August 12th: Johnson City Cardinals vs. Bristol Pirates Game Two

Game Cancelled (Rain)

August 13th: Kingsport Mets 8, Johnson City Cardinals 2

After a messy week with multiple game cancellations due to bad weather, the Cardinals took the field again on Thursday for regularly scheduled game one in the Appy League Series against the Kingsport Mets.

The game got started on a high note for the Birds when Edmundo Sosa scored on a Eliezer Alvarez ground ball single to center field in the bottom of the first, but that momentum would not last long. JC did not get another run on the board until the bottom of the 7th on an Edmundo Sosa homer over the left field wall, their second and final run of the game.

The game was tied going into the 8th, but with the Mets scoring four and two in the 8th and 9th innings, while capitalizing on all eight hits, the Cardinals were unable to were defeated, 4-2. Sosa and Magneuris Sierra both had two hits in the contest, one being a homer for Sosa. Steven Farinaro took the loss, the seventh straight defeat for Johnson City.

August 14th: Johnson City Cardinals 8, Kingsport Mets 4

Unlike in game two, the Cards did not get off to a very quick start at Cardinal Park on Friday, but in the end, the slow and steady pace paid off for the Birds.

JC did not get a run on the board until the top of the 5th inning when they scored four. It started when Ryan McCarvel, back on the roster after a short stint with GCL, scored on a Joey Hawkins line drive double to right field. After a Hunter Newman run, Edmundo Sosa homered for his second game in row and fourth on the year, to also push Joey Hawkins across home plate. The Cards would score two runs in both the 7th and 8th innings, including a homer from Luke Doyle, his third on the year, which was just enough in the end to push the Cards past the Mets 8-4 in game #3 of the series.

Sosa and Doyle both boasted huge performances. Sosa had four hits and two RBI, while Doyle had three hits and three RBI. Both players homered. Joey Hawkins had a multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 with two doubles and three RBI. Chandler Hawkins got the win and Ismael Brito earned the save.

August 15th: Johnson City Cardinals 6, Kingsport Mets 7

The Cardinals tried to win the series against the Kingsport Mets on Saturday, but came up slightly short.

With a big first inning, things were looking bright for the Birds. It all started off a Luke Doyle score on a Chris Chinea double on a fly ball to right field. With a single run in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th innings, the Cardinals had an edge, but multiple runs for the Mets in later innings made it impossible for the Cards to keep up.

Edmundo Sosa and Hunter Newman led JC with three hits apiece, including a homer. Newman added two RBI to the stat sheet. Jonathan Escudero took the loss.

Who’s Hot

Edmundo Sosa has been phenomenal, with an average of .302 over his last 10 games, and he went 8-for-13 with three home runs and five RBI in the Kingsport series. The 19-year-old played a crucial role in the Cardinals second game of the series against the Kingsport Mets on Friday when he hit a bomb over the outfield wall, earning his fourth homer of the year, and ending the Cardinals seven-game losing streak.

Allen Staton, coming off his Appy League Hitter of the Week honors, had another great week for JC, something that seems to becoming pretty common for the 22-year-old South Carolina native. Staton posted an average of .306 with one home run in his last ten games played. He scored six runs and added 10 RBI over the period.

Ryan McCarvel is back with the Cardinals and seems to be finding his niche again. The 20-year-old posted a .300 average over his last 10 games, with eight runs scored and five RBI.

Ismael Brito is doing a great job on the mound for the Cardinals, posting an ERA of 1.57 in his last 23 innings pitched. While earning one loss, the lefty also earned three saves over his last 10 games.

Who’s Not

Anderson Gerdel’s recent mound performances have not been the best of his career. Gerdel logged an ERA of 5.25 over his last ten games in 24 innings pitched. Gerdel accounted for 20 strikeouts, but the 22-year-old Venezuelan had no wins and took two losses over the last 10 games.

Josh Wirsu is another struggling Cards pitcher. Wirsu allowed four runs in 4 1/3 innings this week, raising his ERA to 6.80 in 41 innings pitched. His record is 1-5.

Ramon Santos allowed five runs in his three-inning stint this week, raising his season ERA to 7.68. The right handed pitcher has one win and five losses in 34 innings pitched.

Joey Hawkins had only seven hits in his last 10 games for the Birds for a .184 average, but he did drive in six runs.

Ricardo Bautista posted an average of just .138 over his last 10 games. He had no home runs or RBI in his 29 at-bats in that ten-game period.


RHP Steven De La Cruz assigned to State College Spikes from Johnson City Cardinals.

C Ryan McCarvel assigned to Johnson City Cardinals from GCL Cardinals.

What’s Next

The Cardinals suit up and take the field again for a road series against Appalachian League foe Greeneville on Sunday the 16th through Tuesday the 18th. The Birds will get an off day on Wednesday right before a road series at Burlington on Thursday the 20th through Saturday the 22nd. All games are set for 7pm, except for Sunday, which will begin at 6 pm.

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