JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – The first Yankees season in Pulaski was obviously a success. If it was a Broadway play, it would have won a Tony.
Instead it was managed by a Tony – Franklin that is – who directed his club to the Appalachian League East title and the playoffs for the sixth time in nine seasons, as the Yankees (45-23) ended the regular season with a 1-0 win over the Johnson City Cardinals (27-38) before 1,975 fans at Howard Johnson Field Tuesday night.
Drew Finley, Jonathan Padilla, who earned his second win in three decisions, and Cody Carroll, with his third save, pitched the shutout. Designated hitter Kane Sweeney drove in the only run.
The Yankees enjoy a day off, then travel to Princeton to face the Rays in the opener of the Appalachian League semifinals at 7 p.m. Thursday. Game 2 will be played at Calfee Park at 7 p.m. Friday, with Game 3, if necessary, at Calfee Park at 7 p,m. Saturday.