Cards rally to down Yanks, keep hold on first

Johnson City Press • Updated Aug 20, 2019 at 10:36 PM

PULASKI, Va. — Down to their final out, the Johnson City Cardinals rallied for three runs to pull off an improbable 4-3 victory over the Pulaski Yankees on Tuesday at Calfee Park.

Mateo Gil began the two-out surge in the top of the last frame with a triple off the wall in the right-field corner. Chandler Redmond followed with a base hit to cut the Pulaski lead to 3-2. Jhon Torres, who recorded two hits off the bench, then singled to keep the rally alive.

The Yankees proceeded to remove Mitch Spence (1-3) and went to Tyler Johnson to face Liam Sabino. Sabino immediately smacked his second double of the game to put the Cardinals up 4-3. Sabino finished 2-for-5 with three RBIs.

Johnson City (31-29) maintained its lead in the Appalachian League West Division standings. It marked the 42nd day of the season that the Cardinals have led the division. Pulaski (39-21) continues to pace the East Division.

Jose Moreno celebrated his 19th birthday, going 4 1/3 innings, giving up two runs and five hits as the Cardinal starter. He passed the ball to Francisco Justo in the fifth after striking out five. Justo (3-2) allowed a run in the fifth and a solo homer to Madison Santos in the eighth but ultimately struck out the side in the ninth to earn the win.

Redmond went 2-for-4 and scored twice. Torres finished with a double, a single and the winning run, scoring from first on the double by Sabino.

Over the three-game series, Torres went 6-for-12 with four extra-base hits, including two homers, four RBIs and three runs scored. Aaron Antonini finished with one hit and caught three men stealing from behind the plate.

The Cardinals outhit the Yankees 10-6. The win was the first on the road and second overall this season for the Cardinals when trailing after eight innings.

Johnson City (31-29) returns home to take on the Elizabethton Twins (27-31) Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. It’s the final homestand of the season with two games against the Twins followed by a three-game series with Bristol.

The first game will be All You Can Eat Wednesday and Niswonger Children’s Hospital Night at the Ballpark. Fans can enjoy all-you-can-eat hamburgers, hot dogs, nachos with cheese, chips, popcorn, ice cream sandwiches and Pepsi products.

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