BRISTOL — Cole Lankford blasted a pair of three-run home runs as the Johnson City Cardinals defeated the Bristol Pirates 8-2 in the nightcap of a doubleheader Sunday night at Boyce Cox Field.
The Pirates scored 10 runs over a three-inning stretch to cruise to a 14-6 victory in the opener.
Lankford had the first of his three-run shots, a blast over right field to score Casey Turgeon and Christian Muscarello in the first inning.
Turgeon added his own two-run home run in the fourth inning, and then Lankford had his second three-run homer of the game in the fifth inning.
Lankford ended 3-for-4 with the six RBIs and two runs scored, while Turgeon was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored.
Jonathan Escudero (3-1) picked up the win after giving up three hits and one run over three innings.
Johnson City is now 30-27, and 2.5 games behind the Elizabethton Twins in the Appalachian League, West Division standings. The Cardinals fell to a game behind Kingsport in the wild-card race after the Mets pulled out a 4-3 victory in 12 innings against the Greeneville Astros.
In the opener, the Pirates had 20 hits in just seven innings.
Nick Buckner lead the way with a monster effort where he went 5-for-5 with two doubles, one triple and six RBIs. The Pirates designated hitter also scored three runs.
Jerrick Suiter had four runs scored, while Daniel Arribas went 3-for-5 with two RBIs and three runs scored.
Steven Farinaro (2-4) suffered the loss for the Cardinals after giving up 13 hits and nine runs (all earned) in three ininngs. Reliever Jeff Barkley didn’t have much better luck, allowing seven hits and five runs over 2 2/3 innings.
Jess Amedee picked up his first win of the season for Bristol after giving up just one run and two hits over 4 1/3 innings.comments powered by Disqus