JOHNSON CITY, TN - The Cardinals were fresh off their 8-6 extra innings loss to the Mets but that did not faze them as they won 10-3 in game two.
The Mets drew first blood, scoring one in the first, but the Cardinals answered with one in the bottom of the first. Donivan Williams led off with a single and he reached third when Michael Perri reached first on a fielding error. With one out, Michael Perri stole second (6) and Donivan Williams stole home (7) to tie the game at one.
The Mets scored one in the top of the fifth to take a 2-1 lead, but the Cardinals exploded for five runs in the bottom of the fifth. Michael Perri led off with a single and stole second (7) during Leandro Cedeno's at-bat. Cedeno ended up walking and both Perri and Cedeno advanced to second and third on a wild pitch during Andrew Warner's at-bat. Warner would ground out, but Perri would score from third to tie the game at two. With Cedeno at third, Zach Jackson doubled (13) to score Cedeno and give the Cardinals a 3-2 lead. Then with two outs, Moises Castillo hit a two-run homerun (4) to push the Cardinals lead to 5-2. In the next at-bat, Brian Sanchez walked and Luis Flores singled and Sanchez advanced to third. With runners at the corners, Brian Sanchez scored on a passed ball during Donivan Williams's at-bat and the Cardinals would end the fifth inning leading 6-2.
Kyle Leahy got the start for Johnson City, his 10th of the season. Leahy pitched six innings, allowing four hits, one earned run, and notched eight strikeouts.
The Cardinals added one in the bottom of the seventh Moises Castillo walked and Brian Sanchez singled. Castillo advanced to third and scored on a Luis Flores sac fly to put the Cardinals up 7-2.
The Mets put one on the board in the top of the eighth, but the Cardinals weren't done, as they scored three in the bottom of the eighth. With two outs, Zach Jackson walked and Liam Sabino reached on a fielding error, which allowed Jackson to score to put the Cardinals up 8-3. Moises Castillo singled in the next at-bat and Liam Sabino scored to push the lead to 9-3. With Castillo on second, he would advance to third on a wild pitch and score on a passed ball, all during Brian Sanchez's at-bat to make the score 10-3 and that is where the score would stay.
The Cardinals used two pitchers after Kyle Leahy. Junior Gonzalez was first out of the bullpen. Gonzalez threw two innings, allowing two hits, one earned run, one walk, and one strikeout. Parker Kelly was the final reliever used, throwing one inning, surrendering two hits, one walk, and one strikeout.
The final game of the 2018 Cardinals season is tomorrow, All You Can Eat Wednesday at TVA Credit Union Ballpark. First pitch is slated for 7:00 p.m. ET.
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