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Greeneville blasts past Johnson City, 7-3

Tanner Cook • Aug 5, 2018 at 9:14 PM

GREENEVILLE — The Johnson City Cardinals baseball team might have used all of the firepower it had Saturday night with a 18-run performance against the Greeneville Reds.

On Sunday afternoon at Pioneer Park, the Reds (18-25) got revenge and handed the Cardinals (20-22) a 7-3 loss.

The bottom of the eighth inning was the difference, as the Reds put on a clinic, with four runs in the inning.

Manuel Cachutt got his second win of the season for Greeneville while Juan Alvarez took the loss for Johnson City.

BIG INNING FOR GREENEVILLE

The Reds had a huge bottom of the eighth inning, breaking the tie and then stretching out the lead.

Claudio Finol had a single to lead off the inning and then rounded home as Jonathan Willems hammered a ball to the gap in left center field for a triple. The Reds grabbed the 4-3 lead with the RBI from Willems.

Reniel Ozuna walked and the Reds were still in business. After a pop out to second, Justin Bellinger came in to pinch hit and smacked a three-run home run over the right field wall that was just barely fair.

The Reds suddenly had a 7-3 advantage.

REDS OUT FAST

Greeneville led off the bottom half of the opening frame with two singles by Finol and Miguel Hernandez before the first out was recorded.

Willems came up to bat third in the inning and got another single. He knocked in Finol while Hernandez advanced to second.

It took a strikeout and a double play, but Johnson City finally got out of the inning with only one run worth of damage done.

CARDS HEAT UP

Cardinals hitters could not figure out Reds pitcher Jacob Heatherly early on, but they finally broke through in the top of the fourth.

Nolan Gorman led off the inning with a single — the Cardinals’ first hit — and was knocked in on the next batter by a Leandro Cedeno double to tie the game at one run apiece.

CARRYING THE MOMENTUM

Feeding off of Saturday’s 18-run onslaught, the Cards kept applying the pressure in the fifth.

Andrew Warner led off the inning with a walk and then Michael Perri smoked a ball to deep left field off the top of the wall to get a double.

Gorman came up two batters later and lined a ball back up the middle to score both runners.

After a slow start, the Cardinals had seized a 3-1 lead.

GREENEVILLE STRIKES BACK

Right after JC had taken the lead, Greeneville came right back in the home half of the fifth.

Robert Boselli and Brandt Stalling led off the inning with singles. Raul Juarez laid down a sacrifice bunt that advanced the runners, but recorded the first out of the inning.

Finol was up next and grounded to third, but Boselli scored on the play. Hernandez came to the dish next and got a single to knock in Stallings to knot the game back at three all.

UP NEXT

The Cardinals will hit the road for a critical four-game set with the Bristol Pirates beginning Monday. The first game of Monday’s doubleheader will start at 6 p.m. at Boyce Cox Field.

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