July 27, 2008

Morales homers as R-Cards outlast Braves

Johnson City Cardinals (Rookie League): The rookie league affiliate JC Cards scored a run in the ninth inning to increase their lead, then outlasted the Danville Braves to take the victory.

Adam Veres record the win for his pitching the fifth, sixth, and seventh innings, even though he gave up more runs than the other four Cards' pitchers at two. Randy Santos, the starter, actually did a little better on pure numbers, giving up one hit during four innings while striking out six.

Jorge Rondon and Samuel Freeman recorded holds. Jose Mateo earned his second save.

JC reached the scoreboard first, Osvaldo Morales hitting a solo homer, his seventh of the season, in the second inning.

Curt Smith doubled home Nico Vasquez the next inning to give the R-Cards a 2-0 lead.

Danville tied it up in the sixth, but in the next half-inning JC answered those two runs when Jack Cawley tagged up at third base and scored on a sac-fly by Paul Cruz. Edgar Lara scored later in the inning on a fielding error, the R-Cards up again, 4-2.

Danville knocked a run off that lead in the eighth, but once more, the R-Cards answered in the next half-inning, this time on a Nico Vasquez walk with the bases loaded that forced home Travis Mitchell to make the score 5-3.

Danville chipped a run off the lead again in the bottom of the ninth, but couldn't tie it up and dropped the game at 5-4.

JC Cards of note:
  • Osvaldo Morales went 1-for-3 with a home run.
  • DH Curt Smith went 2-for-5 with one double.
  • Joseph Hage went 2-for-5.