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Big second inning powers Cardinals past Yankees, 7-3.

Tanner Cook • Updated Jul 7, 2018 at 10:34 PM

On “We Back Pat” night on Saturday at TVA Credit Union Ballpark, the orange and “Smokey Grey” clad Johnson City Cardinals got back in the win column with a 7-3 baseball triumph over Pulaski.

The Cardinals (8-8) picked up a game on division leader Kingsport in the Appalachian League’s West Division standings with the win.

The Yanks (7-11) fall another game back in the East Division and remain ahead of only lowly Burlington.

Carlos Soto Jr. had a nice night for the Cardinals as the catcher went 3 for 4 with two doubles, two RBIs and a pair of runs. He had the game-tying hit in the bottom of the second inning for JC.

Jonatan Machado also turned in a good performance, going 2 for 5 with three RBIs.

Jake Sylvester got the win on the mound for the Cards, going 2⅔ innings and allowing just one run and two hits.

Three different Yankees recorded a RBI as they out-hit JC 10-9 in the loss.

PULASKI STRIKES FIRST

The first pitch to the first batter of the game did not start ideally for the Cardinals as Evan Alexander tripled to deep center, driving a ball that got by Cards center fielder Jonatan Machado.

Alexander would score two batters later with an Ezequiel Duran single that got by the shortstop Michael Perri on a tricky hop.

Pulaski get one more tallied via another single from Nelson Gomez. His hit scored Oswald Peraza, who reached on a walk.

The Yankees took a 2-0 lead after holding the Johnson City offense in the bottom half of the frame.

CARDS BIG INNING

The second inning was a big one for Johnson City as it hung four runs on the board, and three of them were before Pulaski could record an out.

The frame started with three straight walks by Nolan Gorman, Kevin Woodall and Zach Jackson to load the bases for the Cards without having to make contact with the ball.

Soto Jr. delivered with a single to deep right field that scored Gorman and Woodall.

Donivan Williams kept the rally going with a single of his own through the hole between first and second base, bringing in Jackson from third.

The Cards would get one more run in the frame on a bases-loaded walk that scored Soto.

The Cards led after two complete, 4-2.

KEEP IT GOING

Cardinals hitters kept the scoring onslaught going in the third inning by adding two more runs on the board to extend the lead to 6-2.

Woodall singled to start off the inning and then Soto continued his standout night with a double to quickly get runners on second and third with only one out.

Two batters later, Machado produced a two-run single on a line drive to left field.

UP NEXT

The Cardinals and Yankees will continue the weekend series on Sunday with the second game set to begin at 5 p.m.

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