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Cardinals finally earn split with Pulaski

Douglas Fritz • Jul 13, 2013 at 12:35 AM

It

took a while, but Johnson City finally earned a doubleheader split.

Justin

Ringo faced a 1-2 count before taking two close pitches for balls,

and then drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the ninth inning

to give the Cardinals a 7-6 victory over Pulaski in game two —

which ended just after midnight Saturday morning at Cardinal Park.

You

have to give both teams credit,” said Johnson City manager Joe

Kruzel. “They fell behind 6-1 and then scratched and clawed their

way back into the game. Both teams had chances in extra innings, and

we took advantage of the last opportunity.”

The

Mariners won 8-2 in the opener, making good use of 10 walks by

Johnson City pitchers.

The

Cardinals (12-9) remained two games behind Elizabethton (14-7) in

the

West Division.

With

two outs in the bottom of the ninth of a scheduled seven-inning game,

Ronnierd Garcia crushed his third double of the game. Brett Wiley,

who already had four RBIs in the game, was intentionally walked.

Then

Luis Perez drew a free pass, setting the stage for Ringo. Kruzel said

Ringo did a good job taking the two close pitches — calls that drew

the ire of Pulaski players and coaches during the game and afterward

as the umpires walked off the field.

(Ringo)

was looking for something he could handle, and fortunately he was

able to get a couple of balls out of the zone,” said Kruzel.

Michael

Holback (2-0) picked up the win in relief, working two scoreless

innings. Zach Loraine tossed two scoreless innings before Holback

entered the game.

Wiley

finished 2 for 3 while Garcia was 3 for 5 with two RBIs and three

runs scored.

The

Cardinals' win took the luster off of Tyler Smith's 5-for-5

performance at the plate for the Mariners.

After

Pulaski pushed across a run in the top of the first inning in game

two, Johnson City jumped back with a three-spot in its first at-bats.

Garcia rapped an RBI double, and Wiley followed with a two-run double

down the right field line.

In

the second inning, the Cardinals cruised to a 6-1 lead as Garcia and

Wiley teamed up again. Garcia's RBI double was followed by Wiley's

two-run single.

However,

the Mariners had a fourth-inning answer. They plated five runs to tie

the game at 6-6. Kristian Brito started the rally with an RBI single,

and Raysheron Michal and Ian Miller later added RBI hits.

In

the first game, Pulaski got a two-run jack from Wilton Martinez in

the top of the second inning and never looked back.

The

Mariners got an RBI single from Joseph DeCarlo in the third inning,

and then put up a four spot in the fifth inning to make it 7-0. A

two-out error extended the inning, and Cardinals' pitchers issued

four of their 10 free passes in the inning. Martinez had an RBI

double in the extended frame.

Johnson

City finally got on the board in the bottom of the sixth as Garcia

was hit by a pitch and eventually scored on a wild pitch. Garcia

accounted for the other run as well, pounding an RBI double in the

bottom of the seventh.

Jesus

Ugueto finished with two RBI for the Mariners while Luke Guarnaccia

totaled three hits and an RBI. Edwin Diaz got the win on the mound

with five shutout innings.

Vaughn

Bryan totaled two hits for Johnson City.

The

Cardinals travel to Bristol today to begin a three-game set before an

off day Tuesday because of Major League Baseball's All-Star Game.