The Cardinals scored three runs in the sixth inning and five more in the seventh inning on the way to an 11-3 nightcap win over Kingsport after rolling to a 7-1 victory over the K-Mets in the first game of the twin bill.
With the sweep, Johnson City (18-16) clinched winning the second series of the season between the two teams and continued its mastery of the K-Mets this year.
The Cardinals have won all five meetings with Kingsport (15-19) during the summer season.
The two teams are scheduled to conclude the three-game series Thursday at Kingsport with a 6:30 p.m. start time.
BIG INNING FOR THE WIN
After struggling at the plate in the first game of the day, the K-Mets got four hits in the first inning, including a lead-off solo home run from Kennie Taylor.
That was all the offense Kingsport could muster.
Johnson City cut the lead to 3-2 in the third inning when Kevin Vargas and Carlos Soler.
In the fifth inning, Vargas singled and later scored on a single from Trejyn Fletcher.
Johnson City’s offense then exploded in the sixth and seventh inning.
Three of the five runs in the seventh, came courtesy of passed balls.
Soler finished 3-for-3 with an RBI for the Cardinals, while Vargas finished 2-for-2 with an RBI and two walks.
Kingsport’s Jaylen Palmer finished 2-for-4 in the contest.
CARDS ROLL IN OPENER
Johnson City dominated all aspects of the twin bill’s opener.
The Cardinals out-hit Kingsport 9-5, played error-free defense and got a dominating mound performance from Michael Yasenka (1-1).
Yasenka, a 17th-round draft pick of the Cardinals, went the distance on the mound in the seven-inning contest.
The complete-game performance was the first in the Appalachian League this season.
The former Eastern Illinois right-hander allowed only one run – a solo home run from Francisco Alvarez in the bottom of the third – on five hits with 10 strikeouts and one walk.
Kingsport used four different pitchers in the game.
K-Mets starter Cesar Loaiza (1-1) suffered the loss after giving up four runs on three hits with no strikeouts and three walks over two and two-thirds innings.
Malcom Nunez did most of the damage at the plate for Johnson City.
He finished 3-for-4 at the plate with a run scored, while Kyle Skeels went 2-for-3 with two RBIs for the Cardinals and Liam Sabino finished 2-for-2 with an RBI.
The Cardinals broke open a scoreless game in the third inning by scoring four runs in the top of the third frame.
After Kingsport’s homer from Alvarez in the bottom of the inning, a two-run smash from Todd Lott lifted Johnson City to 6-1 lead.
The Cards added another run in the seventh inning to seal the win.
Alvarez and Scott Ota each finished 2-for-3 at the plate for Kingsport in the loss.