The Johnson City Cardinals rounded out their 2015 season by going 0-3, swept by the Pulaski Yankees at Cardinal Park in their final Appalachian League series of 2015. These losses kept the Cardinals in last place in the Appalachian League West, with a final season record of 27-38.
Here’s how it all went down…
August 30th: Pulaski Yankees 2 at Johnson City Cardinals 1
After four scoreless innings of play on Sunday evening, it was a quick change of pace when the Pulaski Yankees, the Eastern Division champions, put a run on the board in the top of the fifth inning in game one of the three game Appy League series at Cardinals Park on Sunday.
The Yankees scored one more run in the top of the eighth, and the Cards answered in the bottom of the inning when Chris Chinea homered to left field, scoring the Birds first and only runs of the game. This would not be enough for JC to overtake Pulaski, losing to the Yankees, 2-1.
August 31st: Pulaski Yankees 10 at Johnson City Cardinals 0
It was a rough night for the Cardinals as they went completely scoreless against Pulaski. The Yankees handed the Cardinals their fifth consecutive loss in a 10-0 defeat, also the fifth shutout loss of the year.
Pulaski scored four runs in both the second and third innings, and added two more in later innings. The Cardinals only mustered six hits in the contest, which was completely dominated by the Yankee’s pitching staff from the beginning to end.
Ray (2-4) and Chinea (2-4, 2B, 2 SO) both had two hits in the contest, Chinea's third straight multi-hit performance. Righty Ryan Helsley recorded the loss, his first of the season.
September 1st: Pulaski Yankees 1 at Johnson City Cardinals 0
It was yet another low scoring game for the Cardinals and Yankees on Tuesday evening in game three of the three-game Appalachian League series at Cardinal Park.
The Yankees held the Cardinals completely scoreless for the second game in a row, but this time, the Yankees were only able to put a single run on the board in the top of the first.
Chris Chinea had a very strong finish to his rookie season before being promoted to the State College Spikes on September 2nd. The former LSU Tiger is batted .320 over the last 10 games, with two home runs and six RBI. Chinea also had the lone run of the Pulaski series, his fifth homer of the year.
Anthony Ray had a formidable finish to the 2015 season. He was batting .280 through the month of August, with nine runs scored. In his last 10 games up until the opening game against Pulaski, the outfielder was batting .316 with 12 hits, 6 runs and 2 RBI in his hot streak at the plate.
The Cardinals’ starting pitcher for game one of the Pulaski series, Brennan Leitao (6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 8 SO), pitched a great game. He threw four scoreless, hitless innings, before giving up his only run in the top of the fifth, the winning run for the Pulaski Yankees.
Luke Doyle, who started 2015 strongly, did not finish too well. He hit .132 in his last 10 games with 5 hits, 2 runs, and two RBI, with only one hit in the final series against Pulaski.
Ronnie Williams, whose overall ERA of 3.06 isn’t too shabby, took two losses in his last two starts. That included the final series against Pulaski this week, as he allowed five runs in 5 2/3 innings.
Ricardo Bautista, who also had had a relatively impressive season for the Cardinals, recorded only one hit, no runs, and no RBI in the final series against Pulaski. His overall batting average finished at .202.
Chandler Hawkins assigned to Palm Beach Cardinals from Johnson City Cardinals.
Chris Chinea assigned to State College Spikes from Johnson City Cardinals.
The Johnson City Cardinals officially finished their 2015 season this week with an overall record of 27-38, 11.5 games behind first-place Kingsport and six games back of wild card winner Greeneville.
Look for our season recaps and top players of the year series coming later this month.
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