July 18, 2008

MiLB ... JC comeback falls short in loss to Bristol Sox

Johnson City Cardinals (R): Coming off an aggravating 12-9 loss to the Kingsport Mets Wednesday night at Hunter Wright Field, the rookie league Cards ventured to Boyce Cox Field (DeVault Memorial Field) in Bristol, Virginia to take on the Bristol Sox (Chicago White Sox affiliate).

The results were quite different this time. Instead of blowing a nine-run lead in the last two innings of the game, the Johnson City affiliate got nipped 4-3. A loss, but if there is such a thing, a bit more acceptable then the previous outing.

Suffering the defeat and smudging his record a bit was Cards' pitcher Randy Santos, now 1-2 with a 4.18 ERA. Santos pitched five complete innings, giving up all four runs (earned) to the Sox. He allowed four hits, walked one, and struck out four.

Adam Veres got in three innings in relief, allowing not runs and only two hits while striking out a couple.

The Cards attempted to mount a last inning comeback, scoring one run, but falling short. Paul Cruz hit a one-out pinch-hit double, scoring an out later when Curt Smith doubled him home, then hustled up an extra base on a throwing error. His potentially tying run, however, died on third when a strikeout ended the game.

Smith had an earlier double in a 3-for-5 game, tallying a couple RBIs.

Nico Vasquez went 2-for-3.

Jarred Bogany went 2-for-4 with a double and scored one run.