Brevard Drops Finale to Tampa, 5-1
TAMPA, Fla. - In a game that featured a 24-minute delay due to a power outage at George M. Steinbrenner Field, the Tampa Yankees got just enough of an offensive spark to defeat the Brevard County Manatees 5-1 in the series finale on Wednesday night.
The Yankees (11-8) were led offensively by their middle infielders, shortstop Cito Culver and second baseman Angelo Gumbs, who combined for five hits and three RBI.
Brevard County (11-8) struck first as they picked up their only run of the game against Tampa starter Dan Camarena (1-2, 3.66) in the fourth inning, but not without squandering some opportunities.
Catcher Cameron Garfield started the frame by trying to stretch his lead-off double into a triple, but was gunned down after a strong relay throw by Gumbs.
Left fielder Victor Roache followed by scorching a double to left. The 2012 first-round pick then came across to score on a single by right fielder Michael Reed, who advanced to second on the throw home. Reed was then retired for the second out of inning after being picked off second base by Camarena.
That was the only negative on the night for Camarena who picked up his first win of the season. The lefty allowed seven hits, walked one and struck out five, before being removed after a power surge delayed play with two outs in the top of the sixth inning.
Tampa would rally to take the lead in the bottom of the fifth against Manatees starter Jorge Lopez (1-2, 4.41). After two walks and a single loaded the bases, Culver ripped a single through the left side scoring Zach Wilson and Claudio Custodio to put the Yankees in front and chase Lopez from the ball game.
Lopez worked in and out of trouble all night as he took his second loss of the year. The right-hander surrendered just those two runs on six hits, walked three and struck out three over 4.1 innings.
Tampa would add one more run in the sixth and two more in the eighth against reliever Austin Ross.
With one out in the sixth, Gumbs singled to right and then stole second base. The second baseman would then score on a Wilson ground-rule double to right to extend the lead to 3-1.
Peter O'Brien led off the eighth with a double to left and was then driven home on an RBI triple into the left-center field gap by Gumbs. Wilson then drove in the game's fifth and final run with a sacrifice fly to left field.
Yankees reliever Tyler Webb picked up his third save of the year as he went two innings to close the door on Brevard County. The left-hander struck out four and did not allow a base runner.
The Manatees return home to Space Coast Stadium on Thursday night at 6:35 p.m. for the first of two home games against the Daytona Cubs (5-14). Southpaw Hobbs Johnson (1-2, 3.38) will get the call for the 'Tees against Cubs right-hander Yao-Lin Wang (0-3, 8.59).
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