Cardinals Fall to Rays in Opener

By Matt Davis | Johnson City Cardinals Broadcaster / Johnson City Cardinals | August 9, 2018 10:59 PM

JOHNSON CITY, TN - After a rainout that gave the Cardinals a day off, they looked to get in the win column against the Princeton Rays. The Cardinals fell in the opener to the Rays, 10-2.

The Cardinals started the scoring in the bottom of the third with two. Jonatan Machado led off the inning with a double (8). With one out, Leandro Cedeno doubled (8) and Machado scored from second to give the Cardinals a 1-0 lead. With two outs, Brandon Riley singled and Cedeno scored from second to put the Cardinals up 2-0.

That was all the scoring for the Cardinals. Princeton answered with 10 unanswered runs; four in the top of the fourth, three in the top of the fifth, one in the top of the sixth, and two in the top of the seventh. 

Cole Aker started the game for the Cardinals. Cole went 4.1 innings, giving up eight hits, five earned runs, and notched seven strikeouts.

The Cardinals used three pitchers after Cole Aker. Jake Sylvester was first out of the bullpen. He went 1.2 innings, gave up two hits, two earned runs, and notched a strikeout. Oneiver Diaz was second out of the bullpen. Diaz went two innings, gave up five hits, two earned runs, and notched four strikeouts. Junior Gonzalez was the final reliever used and went one inning, while only surrendering two hits. 

Game two between the Cardinals and Rays is slated for 7:00 p.m. tomorrow. 

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