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Braves hold on to to down JC Cardinals

Jeff Birchfield • Updated Jul 20, 2019 at 10:25 PM

Johnson City scored early and rallied late, but was unable to do enough in between against the Danville Braves on Saturday night at TVA Credit Union Ballpark.

The Cardinals got an early lead on Todd Lott’s first-inning home run and had the tying run at the plate in their final at-bat. However, with six hits scattered out, the Cardinals fell 4-2 to the Braves in the Appalachian League baseball contest.

Danville improved to 12-18, while the Cardinals fell to 15-15.

It has been a tough week for the Cardinals, who have lost four of their last five games. Chandler Redmond hit a three-run home run in the Cardinals’ last win, a 7-6 victory over Bristol on Wednesday night. He struggled Saturday night, going 0-for-3 against Danville’s staff led by starter Alec Barger, who gave up two hits over 4 2/3 innings.

“I got a good fastball against the Pirates and it put us up by a run, so I was happy I could do that for my team and give us a lift,” Redmond said. “Earlier in the season, we were seeing a bunch of fastballs. Now they’re mixing their pitches and it has thrown off my timing. Now I’m starting to get used to it, and I will get back in the swing of things again.”

His teammate, Lott, was in the swing of things, especially with his solo homer on a line-drive shot over the right-field wall. Lott, a ninth-round pick out of Louisiana, finished 3-for-4, the only Johnson City player with multiple hits.

Lott doubled in the final inning and was on third base with one out before Redmond grounded out and Zach Jackson struck out to end the game.

Victor Garcia and Carlos Soler also had doubles for the Cardinals.

SCORING SUMMARY

Lott’s solo shot was enough to keep Johnson City ahead until Ray Hernandez hit a RBI double for the Braves in the fourth inning.

Connor Blair had an RBI force-out in the fifth inning and Brandon Parker added a two-run triple in the seventh for Danville’s other runs.

Soler’s eighth-inning double scored Garcia for the game’s final run. The Cardinals were just 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position.

PITCHING SUMMARY

Julio Puello (2-2) suffered the loss despite a solid effort in which he scattered six hits, gave up two runs and struck out five over six innings.

Alex Gallegos gave up three hits and two more runs in his one inning before Wilberto Rivera threw the final two innings in no-hit fashion.

Zach Daniels (1-1) picked up the win for Danville after entering in relief in the fifth inning. Alex Segal held in the eighth inning before Alex Aquino closed out the game for his first save of the year.

NEXT UP

The Cardinals will host the Braves again Sunday at 5 p.m. The series finale is set for Monday at 6:30 p.m.

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