The Yankees (25-12) shutout the Johnson City Cardinals (19-20) by a 7-0 score on Monday night at Calfee Park. Yankees starter Alexander Vizcaino (3-2) pitched five scoreless innings in route to picking up the win. He struck out seven hitters while walking none.
“He was working on top of the ball…I think that was the key for him,” said Yankees catcher Victor Rey on Vizcaino’s five solid innings.
Pulaski relievers Jose Pujols and Juan Jimenez combined for four scoreless frames to finish off the Redbirds.
Cardinal’s starter Evan Guillory (1-1) was tagged with the loss. In five innings of work he surrendered just one unearned run on four hits and six strikeouts.
Steven Sensley and Yeison Corredera both tallied two hits for the pinstripers.
The Yankees got on the board first in the bottom of the 3rd. Eduardo Torrealba reached base to begin the inning thanks to a throwing error from Cardinals shortstop Delvin Perez. Torrealba later scored on a two out double from Sensley to give the pinstripers a 1-0 edge.
The Yankees opened up a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the 6th. Sensley led off with a walk and Dermis Garcia sent a two run shot over the right-centerfield wall. Garcia’s homer was his ninth of the season.
Pulaski rallied off of Cardinals reliever Juan Alvarez in the top of the 7th. Torrealba and Frederick Cuevas opened the inning with back to back singles. Saul Torres followed with a bloop base hit which allowed Torrealba to score and make it 4-0. Cuevas came around to score after Perez couldn’t handle a routine grounder off the bat of Garcia which gave the Yankees a 5-0 lead.
Eric Wagaman made it 6-0 with a deep fly out to right which allowed Torres to trot home. Rey kept the rally alive with a single back up the middle that scored Garcia to give the Yankees a 7 run advantage.
“I didn’t try to do too much-just got a good pitch and [drove] it up the middle of the field,” said Rey on his RBI single that scored the Yankees final run.
The Yankees and Cardinals will meet in the rubber match of their three-game set on Tuesday night. First pitch is set for 7pm.