It had to be for the Cardinals to emerge victorious.
Slightly outperforming Pulaski’s collective performance from the mound, Johnson City upended the Yankees 2-1 in Appalachian League baseball play.
Tommy Parsons (2-1) won with an impressive six-inning start. Giving up a fifth-inning run, five hits and a walk, he registered four strikeouts.
Michael Brettell pitched the Redbirds through the seventh before Parker Kelly proved squeaky clean over the final two frames for his second save.
Luis Medina (4 IP), Bryan Blaton (1) and Ron Marinaccio (3) held Johnson City’s offense at bay, but the Cards scuffed Jonatan Munoz (1-1) for two runs, three hits and a walk in the top of the sixth.
Following Jonatan Machado’s leadoff single and a strikeout, Kevin Woodall Jr. socked an RBI triple to right, tying the game at 1. After another out on strikes, Carlos Soto Jr. doubled home Woodall.
Pulaski placed its first two runners on base in the seventh, only to be foiled by a double play.
The Cards, who suffered a dozen strikeouts, totaled seven hits. Woodall went 2 for 3 and Leandro Cedeno 2 for 4.
Nelson Gomez paced a six-hit Yankees effort by going 2 for 4 with a double. Griffin Garabito produced an RBI two-bagger.