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First-place Cards turn back Bristol, 4-2

Johnny Wilson • Updated Jul 11, 2019 at 10:29 PM

BRISTOL, Va. — The mark of a first-place baseball team is a good number of winning stretches throughout the season, and the Johnson City Cardinals are certainly demonstrating they do mean business this summer.

Getting good pitching and good-enough hitting Thursday night at DeVault Stadium, the Cardinals won their third straight game this week, claiming a 4-2 Appalachian League decision over the homestanding Bristol Pirates.

The Cards (13-8) now have a pair of three-game winning streaks along with a five-game streak over the first 21 outings of the 2019 campaign, good enough to sit atop the West Division ahead of perennial strongboy Elizabethton.

"If guys execute like we know they can and apply the information we give them, winning will be a part of their development," said JC manager Robert Espinoza.

Bristol, in third place in the West Division, fell to 11-11 with the loss.

FOUR-MAN PITCHING GEM

Johnson City received a fine pitching effort from a four-man unit, beginning with starter Jake Sommers, who worked four innings and allowed one run.

Will Guay relieved Sommers and captured the win when Chandler Redmond put the Cardinals ahead 3-2 on a solo home run in the sixth inning.

Wilfredo Pereira picked up for Guay, before Dylan Pearce closed the victory by covering the final two innings.

The three Cardinal relievers allowed but two hits over five innings.

"Great job by our staff, both in preparation and in execution," Espinoza said.

REDMOND, SABINO SHINE OFFENSIVELY

Liam Sabino knocked in a pair of runs for Johnson City with a single and a double, while Redmond added a double over the center fielder's head in addition to his no-out homer that put the Cards ahead to stay. He also scored twice.

"He (Redmond) has been showing he's got some pop and that he has good hitting ability," Espinoza said. "He showed it again tonight."

Brandon Purcell also had two of Johnson City's eight hits.

Bristol collected six hits, two apiece from Matt Morrow and Francisco Acuna.

C.J. Dandeneau took the loss in relief of Pirate starter Adrian Florencio.

UP NEXT

The two teams conclude their three-game set in Bristol tonight at 6:30.

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