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JC Cards get by Blue Jays, 7-6

Tanner Cook • Updated Jul 19, 2018 at 9:59 PM

The bats stayed hot Thursday night for the Johnson City Cardinals as they won over the league-leading Bluefield Blue Jays for the second time in as many nights, prevailing 7-6 at TVA Credit Union Ballpark.

Kevin Woodall Jr. stole the show again with a go-ahead solo home run to left field in the fourth inning after Bluefield had rallied to tie the game at six.

The Cardinals’ bullpen held strong after the fourth as Mike Brettell recorded his first win of the season, pitching three and a third innings and striking out five batters.

Evan Sisk got his second save of the season for Johnson City.

Cardinals pitchers walked just three batters the entire game.

JAYS STRIKE FIRST

The Blue Jays got off to a great start with the first two runs of the game.

Catcher Alejandro Kirk singled up the middle and it scored Cal Stevenson from third and Dominic Abbadessa from second.

It was the second night in a row that Bluefield had gotten off to a good start.

CARDS STRIKE BACK

Johnson City struck back in the home half of the opening frame by first getting Kevin Woodall to score on a Nathanael Perez wild pitch. Carlos Soto then doubled to score Dariel Gomez and tie the game.

The Cards weren’t done yet.

Donivan Williams hit a two-run home run later on — bringing in Soto — and suddenly the Cards were ahead, 4-2.

JC continued to pour it on in the bottom of the second with Brandon Riley and Soto each driving in a run with singles. The Cards were up 6-2 after only two frames.

BLUEFIELD RALLY

A huge Jays rally in the fifth consisting of two doubles and a single got Bluefield back into the game, knotting the contest at 6.

The Cards had a rough time getting out of the inning as the Bluefield order batted around.

CARDS ANSWER, AGAIN

Woodall — who homered three times on Wednesday — blasted his seventh big fly of the season to deep left field in the bottom of the fourth, putting the Cards back in front at 7-6.

UP NEXT

The Cardinals and Blue Jays will conclude the three-game series on Friday with first pitch set to begin at 7 p.m.

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