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Arcia's Career Night Leads 'Tees over Lakeland, 10-4

June 24, 2014 - Florida State League (FSL) - Brevard County Manatees News Release

VIERA, Fla. - Behind an incredible 5-for-5 night from Orlando Arcia, the Brevard County Manatees upended the Lakeland Flying Tigers, 10-4 at Space Coast Stadium on Tuesday night. His five hits were a new career-high and tied a career-high with five RBI, as the shortstop was just a home run shy of the cycle.

It was with his help that Brevard County (4-2 second half, 40-32 overall) jumped out to an early lead. In the bottom of the first, Nathan Orf led off with a triple that he demolished to left-center field. Arcia wasted no time driving him in, as he roped the first pitch he saw down the left field line for his first of two doubles of the night. The extra base-hit allowed Orf to score easily and gave the Manatees the lead, 1-0.

After James Robbins slammed a two-run home run to give Lakeland (2-4, 44-29) the 2-1 edge, the Brevard's bats struck right back. With one out in the third inning, Arcia picked up his second hit of the night with a single to left. Tyrone Taylor followed with a perfectly executed bunt single to put the pressure on Lakeland starter Kevin Eichhorn (4-2, 2.39 ERA).

With Michael Reed at the plate, the Manatees attempted a double steal. Both Arcia and Taylor slid in safely, but catcher Austin Green's throw sailed down the left field line. That allowed Arcia to scamper home and Taylor to advance to third and tie the game up at 2-2.

Reed then got in on the action by hitting a slow tapper back towards the mound that Eichhorn could not field cleanly. The Lakeland starter tried to flip the ball home to try and retire Taylor, who was racing home, but the throw and tag were late as the Manatees regained the lead for good, 3-2.

With the lead now in hand, Brevard busted the game open in the fourth and fifth. A single by Victor Roache and a double by Alfredo Rodriguez proceeded Arcia's next big hit.

The Venezuela native slapped the ball into the right-center field gap, which allowed Roache and Rodriguez to scoot home easily and push the lead to 5-2. Arcia kept the motor on, as he slid into third with his third hit of the night and his team-leading fifth triple of the year.

The Manatees then put the game on ice in the following inning. With one out, Roache got plunked by Flying Tigers reliever Tyler Clark and Mike Garza followed with a single to put runners on the corners.

After Rodriguez brought home a run with a fielder's choice, Orf doubled to left to set the stage for Arcia once again. The 19-year-old did not disappoint, as he ripped another double - this time down the right field line - to bring home both runners and give the Manatees a six-run lead, 8-2.

Brevard extended their run total to ten in the seventh. With two outs, Orf was hit by his Florida league-high 13th pitch and Arcia picked up his fifth hit with a single to center. Taylor and Reed then followed suit by driving home both runners with back-to-back RBI singles.

Lakeland tallied their final two runs of the game on a run-scoring ground out by Lance Durham in the sixth and a RBI single by Connor Harrell in the eighth.

After going winless for just over a month, Damien Magnifico (4-4, 3.24) emerged victorious again tonight. In his longest start since May 24, the FSL All-Star went six innings and surrendered three runs - two earned - on four hits. His control was much improved, as he struck out four and issued just two walks.

Brevard County's offense continues to impress, tallying 11-plus hits for the fourth time in five games. As whole, the team recorded 16 base knocks with four players - Orf, Arcia, Taylor and Garza - put together multi-hit efforts. Brevard County showed speed too, as they stole five bases to set a single-game high for 2014.

The Manatees will battle the Flying Tigers again on Wednesday night, with first pitch slated for 6:35 p.m. Tyler Wagner (6-4, 1.96) gets the start, with the 'Tees looking to tie a season-high four-game winning streak. Lakeland will send southpaw and fellow All-Star Josh Turley (6-0, 1.91) to the mound to oppose him.

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