JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. —
Jacob Anderson responded to a move to the top of the batting order with a home run, double, two runs scored and a RBI to lead Bluefield to a 6-5 Appalachian League victory over Johnson City in front of 811 spectators at Howard Johnson Field.
Johnson City rallied for two runs in the bottom of the ninth, but Julio Carmona was able to regroup after allowing those runs to strike out the final two batters in the game.
Anderson, who has batted in the ninth position for much of the season, has raised his average from .161 to .236 in the last week or so, and continued his solid play against the Cardinals.
He homered to lead off the game, and later doubled and scored on a two-run single by Dwight Smith Jr.
Eric Arce added two hits for Bluefield (18-20), while little-used Christian Frias scored a pair of runs.
Jeremy Gabryszwki picked up the win, allowing eight hits and three runs, while striking out two and walking none in five innings on the mound. Denny Valdez, Brandon Dorsett and Julio Carmona combined to surrender five hits and two runs over the final four innings.
Carmona collected his second save of the season.
Johnson City (20-18), which won the last two Appalachian League titles — including last year by beating Bluefield in the championship finals — was paced by Ildemaro Vargas and Adam Ehrlich with four hits each. Vargas had two doubles, while Ehrlich also drove in two runs.
C.J. McElroy added two doubles and scored two runs. Cesar Valero also had two hits in the loss.
Vargas doubled in a run in the ninth, while Ehrlich drew the Cardinals within a run with an RBI single before Carmona fanned Jeremy Schaffer and Trevor Martin.
Thomas Lee was saddled with the loss.
Johnson City had 13 hits to nine for Bluefield, but the Cardinals also had three errors.
Bluefield will remain in Johnson City for a 7:05 contest tonight.
at Howard Johnson Field
Bluefield...................................................110 022 000 — 6 9 1
Johnson City............................................100 020 002 — 5 13 3
Jeremy Gabryszwski, Denny Valdez (6), Brandon Dorsett (6), Julio Carmona (9) and Santiago Nessy, Hector Alvarez (5). Thomas Lee, Joseph Donofrio (5), Sammy Tuivailala (7), Cole Brand (9) and Adam Ehrlich. W—Gabryszwski (2-0); L—Lee (1-3); S—Carmona (2). HR—Jacob Anderson (2). Time: 2:55. Att—811.