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Cardinals complete Appy sweep of K-Mets

By Joe Avento • Jun 30, 2019 at 11:14 PM

JOHNSON CITY — The Johnson City Cardinals finished off a three-game sweep of the Kingsport Mets on Sunday night, and Chandler Redmond and Luis Sabino were in the middle of the fray just like they were for the entire series.

Redmond’s two-out, two-run single in the third inning gave the Cardinals (7-4) the lead for good and they went on to a 6-2 victory at TVA Credit Union Ballpark.

Redmond’s line drive to center field erased a 1-0 Kingsport advantage. His home run on Friday provided Johnson City’s winning runs.

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Winners of six of their past eight games, the Cardinals (7-4) remained in first place in the Appalachian League’s West Division, 1½ games up on the K-Mets (6-6).

Sabino homered for the second consecutive game. His two-run shot came in the fifth inning off Mets reliever Nate Peden and gave Johnson City a 6-2 lead.

Sabino got all of a 3-2 fastball and he knew it, beginning his home run trot as soon as the ball left the bat. The K-Mets may have taken notice. Reliever Reyson Santos was ejected after throwing a pitch over Sabino’s head in the eighth inning.

During the series, Redmond went 5-for-12 with two home runs and seven RBIs. He has four home runs in the Cardinals’ last six games. He hit 50 in four years at Gardner-Webb and was named the Big South Conference’s player of the year this season.


The K-Mets got on the board in the third inning when Scott Ota lined an RBI single off Cardinals starter Jose Moreno.

Johnson City wasted little time in answering. A single and two walks loaded the bases for Redmond, who lined a 2-2 pitch to give the home team a 2-1 lead. Sabino and Terry Fuller followed with run-scoring singles.

Kingsport made it 4-2 in the fourth when Anderson Bohorquez led off with a double and eventually scored on a groundout by Kennie Taylor. Bohorquez finished 2-for-3 and scored both of his team’s runs. Jaylen Palmer also had two hits for the K-Mets.

Sabino’s home run came just after Kingsport walked Redmond. Carlos Soler, Fuller and Sabino each had two hits for Johnson City.


Moreno (1-1) worked five innings, allowing two runs on five hits. Kingsport’s Junior Santos was pulled after 2 2/3 innings after giving up two runs on two hits.

Cards reliever Michael YaSenka worked three scoreless innings before turning it over to Walker Robbins, who finished it off.


Cardinals right-handed pitcher Leonardo Tavares was promoted to State College of the Class A New York-Penn League on Sunday. Tavares pitched three innings in Johnson City and did not allow a run.

He reportedly hit 98 mph on the radar gun in his appearance on Saturday, striking out two batters — and hitting two — in one inning of work.


Kingsport returns to Hunter Wright Stadium to host the Bristol Pirates on the first of four Family Nights sponsored by Goodwill. With a donation to Goodwill at the gate, patrons will be able to buy one general admission ticket and get one for free that night.

The Goodwill truck will be out in front of Hunter Wright collecting donations from 5:30 p.m. through the second inning of the game. Donations of any size can be dropped off to take advantage of the buy one, get one free offer, and Goodwill can accept most items. Go online at goodwilltnva.org or call (423) 245-0600 with questions about items that may be donated.

First pitch Monday is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.


The Cardinals begin a three-game home series with the Greeneville Reds on Monday at 6:30 p.m.

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