Bluefield tops Cards in ninth inning

Johnson City Press • Jul 20, 2018 at 10:35 PM

The Johnson City Cardinals turned the double play, but the winning run scored anyway.

Patrick Morris scored the go-ahead run while teammate Cal Stevenson was grounding into a double play in the ninth inning, lifting the Bluefield Blue Jays to a 3-2 victory over the Johnson City Cardinals on Friday night at TVA Credit Union Ballpark.

Bluefield’s Alejandro Kirk hit a solo home run in the fourth inning, and that was the game’s only run until the Johnson City seventh.

The Cards drew even on a double steal with Zach Jackson swiping home while Sanel Rosendo was stealing second. They pulled ahead on Moises Castillo’s RBI single in the same inning.

Kirk’s home run, his fifth, was the only blemish on Johnson City starter Dionis Zamora’s record. Zamora struck out eight batters and held Bluefield to three hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Meanwhile, Blue Jays starter Troy Watson was even more effective, holding the Cards to one hit in his three innings of work.

Bluefield threatened in the eighth after Andres Guerra led off with a double and Cal Stevenson walked. After they were moved up with a sacrifice bunt, Cards pitcher David Oca induced a groundout that scored the tying run.

Kirk was then intentionally walked to load the bases with two outs, and reliever Junior Gonzalez got a popout to end the inning.

Morris walked to start the ninth and Davis Schneider moved him over with a bunt. After an intentional walk, Andres Guerra singled to load the bases. Cal Stevenson then grounded into a double play, but Morris scored what turned into the winning run.

The Cards open a series at Danville on Saturday night.

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