One night after rallying from an eight-run deficit against the Greeneville Reds for an improbable upset, the Cardinals fell behind by seven runs Tuesday night. They weren’t able to put together another big comeback, falling 8-2 at TVA Credit Union Ballpark.
They did break the club attendance record for a second night in a row. The Cardinals had 3,947 fans to best the record of 3,687 set on Monday night.
“You dream of this, but it doesn’t happen very often,” Johnson City general manager Zack Clark said about the back-to-back record-setting nights. “I’m speechless with what has happened here tonight. The support that the community has shown us, I’m really blown away.”
The Cardinals fell to 6-7 and the Reds improved to 5-8.
BIG DEFICIT EARLY
Greeneville jumped out early with a three-run home run by Jonathan Willems to left field, the highlight of a 4-0 lead in the top of the first.
Zeke White added another two-run home run to left field as the Reds tacked on three more runs in the fifth. Greeneville starter Josiah Gray (1-1) shut down the Johnson City held the Cardinals hitless through five innings.
The Cardinals mounted a small comeback with two runs in the bottom of the seventh. Sanel Rosendo grounded in to a force out to score Nolan Gorman, and Dariel Gomez then scored off a throwing error.
Johnson City couldn’t put any more runs across in the eighth, despite getting a pair of runners on base. Former Dobyns-Bennett star Aaron Quillen came in with one out and struck out Gorman and Zach Jackson on the next two at-bats to end the scoring threat.
Quillen also threw the final inning, finishing with three strikeouts in 1 2/3 innings.
Rosendo had the lone RBI for Johnson City, which had only one hit apiece from Jonatan Machado, Michael Perri, Leandro Cedeno and Jackson.
Johnson City starter Dionis Zamora (0-2) suffered the loss, giving up seven earned runs and nine hits over 4 1/3 innings.
Willems was 3-for-5 with three RBIs and three runs scored to lead Greeneville. Other leaders for the Reds included White, Reniel Ozuna and Cash Case with two hits each. Hunter Oliver drove in two runs.
Overall, the Reds outhit the Cardinals 12-4 including a 4-0 advantage in extra-base hits.
Johnson City will travel to Bristol for a noon game on Wednesday. Greeneville plays host to the Danville Braves at 7 p.m.