Bradley Sparkles Again in Manatees Win
TAMPA, Fla. - Led by another stellar performance by former first-round pick Jed Bradley (3-1, 3.80), the Brevard County Manatees were able to squeak out a 2-1 victory over the Tampa Yankees at George M. Steinbrenner Field on Tuesday night.
The former Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket and reigning FSL Pitcher of the Week surrendered just one run on five hits over six innings, struck out five and did not walk a batter.
Reliever Tommy Toledo shut the door on Tampa, as he picked up his fourth save of the season. After a lead-off triple by Jake Cave in the bottom of the ninth and an infield single by shortstop Cito Culver, the Yankees had the tying and winning runs on base with no one out.
The Manatees' leader in saves from 2013 proceeded to retire the heart of the Yankees lineup in order, as he struck out Eric Jagielo, Dante Bichette, Jr. and Peter O'Brien to close out the victory.
After trailing throughout the series, Brevard County (11-7) rallied to take the lead in the top of the seventh to give Bradley his third consecutive victory.
Second baseman Yadiel Rivera led off the inning with a bunt single to third - one of his three hits of the night - and then advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by first baseman Michael Garza.
On a 1-0 pitch, third baseman Brandon Macias came through with the go-ahead base knock against reliever Dietrich Enns. The former Kansas Jayhawk singled to right field to score Rivera and put the Manatees in front 2-1.
The Yankees (10-8) took the initial lead in the bottom of the fourth inning. Culver started the rally with a one-out single to right and Jagielo pushed him to third with a single of his own.
Bichette, Jr. then hit a soft grounder to short and Orlando Arcia's only play was to get the force out at second base as Culver came across to give Tampa the one-run advantage.
Brevard County struck back immediately by tying the game in the top of the fifth.
Rivera led off with a single to left and on the very next pitch, Garza was drilled with a fastball from Yankees starter Rafael De Paula (1-1, 2.33) to put two runners on.
After a Macias ground out, designated hitter Nathan Orf walked to load the bases. A wild pitch from De Paula allowed Rivera to scamper home from third and tie the game at one.
That was the only blip for the Yankees prospect. The right-hander allowed just that one run on two base-hits, both singles, over five innings. De Paula also struck out six and walked two in his second straight no-decision.
The Manatees and Yankees will battle again in the rubber game of the series on Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. Brevard County will send right-hander Jorge Lopez (1-1, 4.50) to the mound against Tampa's left-hander Dan Camarena (0-2, 4.50).
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