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Johnson City holds on against Bristol

Jeff Birchfield • Jul 17, 2019 at 10:47 PM

Chandler Redmond made his grandfather proud Wednesday night.

With his grandfather in attendance, the Johnson City third baseman hit a three-run home run in the Cardinals’ 7-6 win over the Bristol Pirates at TVA Credit Union Ballpark. It was the sixth home run of the season for Redmond, a 32nd round draft pick out of Gardner-Webb.

In the first game of a six-game homestand, the Cardinals had to show perseverance battling both Bristol and the elements. The game got started 30 minutes late with a weather delay and it rained most of the game.

It didn’t deter the Cardinals (15-12) who knocked around 11 hits and remained 1 ½ games behind Elizabethton in the Appalachian League West Division standings. Bristol fell to 12-16.

Todd Lott had a double and a triple, while Kyle Skeels and Liam Sabino all ended with a double and two hits.

Bristol also had 11 hits, led by Fernando Villegas, who finished 3-for-4.

EARNING THE WIN

Johnson City starting pitcher Jose Moreno got out of a pair of first-inning jams. Cardinals center field Carlos Soler fired a throw to home allowing catcher Aaron Antonini to tag out Bristol lead-off Jesus Valdez.

Later with bases loaded, Moreno got a strike out and a ground out to end the inning. He struggled, giving up seven hits, seven walks and six runs over 3 2/3 innings before giving way to Wilfredo Pereira (2-1), who picked up the win after allowing just two hits over the next three innings.

Will Guay and Enrique Perez each came in relief before Tyler Peck closed the game to earn his first save of the year.

Bristol starter Adrian Florencio gave up six runs over 4 2/3 innings. Samson Abernathy (1-1) giving up one hit and one run over the next 1 1/3 innings was tagged with the loss.

SCORING SUMMARY

Moreno wasn’t as fortunate in the second inning when Valdez had a RBI double to highlight the Pirates jumping out to a 3-0 lead.

The Cardinals answered in the bottom of the third with Redmond’s three-run home run coming after a RBI single by Mateo Gil and a RBI double by Lott.

The 5-3 lead was short-lived with Bristol scoring three runs in the top of the fourth. Matt Morrow had a two-run single for the go-ahead scores.

Lott scored a tying run on a passed ball in the fifth and the Cardinals took the lead in the sixth on a RBI double by Jhon Torres. It proved to be the game-winning hit.

NEXT UP

The teams are scheduled to meet again Thursday at 6:30 p.m. on “Strike Out Cancer Night.” Former St. Louis Cardinal Jason Motte, who has family in Johnson City, is scheduled to make a special appearance.

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