For five and a half innings Wednesday night, all was basically going well for Johnson City’s Appalachian League baseball team.
In the bottom of the sixth, the roof caved in.
Erupting for nine sixth-inning runs, Pulaski came from behind to double up the Cardinals 12-6.
Led by Leandro Cedeno’s solo home run in the second and RBI double in the fourth, Johnson City owned a 4-0 lead before the Yankees caught fire.
In Pulaski’s end of the sixth, Ezequiel Duran led off with a base hit — then the Cardinals countered by recording back-to-back outs.
By inning’s end, however, the Yankees had batted all the way around and sent three players to the plate twice — including Duran, who turned those at-bats into two singles.
Nelson Gomez ripped an RBI double just before Carlos Narvaez dented a run-scoring single. Right after Duran’s second hit, which brought in a run to make it a 6-4 game, Everson Pereira blasted a three-run home run.
While the number of hits (five) for a nine-run outburst wasn’t staggering, three walks, a wild pitch and a throwing error figured into the equation.
Although Johnson City snapped back with a two-run double from Dariel Gomez, Pulaski’s seventh bore three more tallies as Jordan Scott (single), Robert Javier (double) and Duran (single) each picked up an RBI.
Duran batted 4 for 4 with two runs and two RBIs. Nelson Gomez and Scott contributed two runs and two hits apiece to the victory.
Moises Castillo paced the Redbirds’ attack with a 3-for-4 showing. Codeno finished 2 for 4 with a pair of RBIs.
Winning Pulaski reliever Austin Gardner (1-0) pitched 2 1/3 shutout innings, collecting five strikeouts along the way. Closer Marcus Evey went the final three innings for his first save.
Juan Alvarez (2-1) failed to record an out in absorbing the setback — though all three runs he allowed were unearned.
Cards starter Dionis Zamora amassed six strikeouts over 5 2/3 frames. He gave up three runs on seven hits, walking none.