Peterson Plaz had an RBI single in the 10th inning to lift the Reds to a 6-5 victory. Johnson City had the tying run on third base with one out in the bottom of the inning, but Todd Lott and Chandler Redmond struck out in consecutive at-bats.
The Cardinals had already used some heroics to force the extra inning. Down to the final out in the ninth, Raffy Ozuna’s infield single scored Diomedes Del Rio from second.
Greeneville (6-9) prevented the series sweep, while the Cardinals (9-5) still lead in the Appalachian League West Division standings.
The final resulted in a no-decision for Johnson City starter Dalton Roach, who threw 87 pitches over 7 2/3 innings. He gave up six hits, three runs and recorded seven strikeouts. Leaving the game with a 4-3 lead and runners on first and second, he was credited with six hits and five runs after reliever Dylan Pearce gave up a two-run double.
“It felt good out there tonight,” said Roach, a 21st round draft pick from Eau Claire, Wisconsin. “I was going over the game plan with (Cardinals pitching coach) Rick (Harig) on different ways I should pitch. I was getting fastballs up in the middle of the zone and I was throwing off-speed pitches for strikes and that helped out. I haven’t had to change my mechanics, but getting used to a five-day rotation is the real change that’s happened so far.”
Redmond gave Johnson City a 1-0 lead in the first inning off an RBI double. After Greeneville tied the game, Terry Fuller had an RBI triple to put the Cardinals back in front. He later scored when Jhon Torres struck out, but Greeneville catcher Robert Boselli dropped the ball and committed a throwing error.
Boselli made up for the error with a game-tying, two-run home run in the fourth. He had a passed ball in the fifth inning, allowing Torres to score and the Cardinals to regain the lead. The Reds’ Cristian Olivo came through with a two-run double in the eighth as Greeneville pulled back ahead 5-4.
The Cardinals rallied for the game-tying run, setting the stage for the dramatic 10th inning.
Alec Byrd (1-0), who threw the final two innings for Greeneville, picked up the win. Tyler Peck (1-1) suffered the loss, giving up two hits and the winning run over the final 1 1/3 innings.
After a six-game home stretch, Johnson City will go on the road to face Bluefield on Thursday. The Reds will start a five-game home stretch with a three-game series against Bristol.