Brevard Drops Second-Half Opener to Cubs, 7-4
VIERA, Fla. - In the first game of the second half, a big seventh inning by the Daytona Cubs sank the Brevard County Manatees, 7-4 at Space Coast Stadium on Thursday night.
Brevard County (0-1 second half, 36-31 overall) was clinging to a 4-3 lead at the start of the seventh and it looked like the score would remain that way. However with two outs, Albert Almora ripped a double to left-center field off of reliever Chad Pierce to keep the inning alive. Dan Vogelbach came up next and delivered the biggest hit of the game to that point. He drilled a double to score Almora and tie the game.
After Pierce walked Bijan Rademacher to put a pair on with two outs, the Manatees called on Kevin Shackelford out of the bullpen to try to escape the inning with the tie intact. The first hitter he faced was Wilson Contreras and the catcher greeted him rudely by hitting a laser to left-center field. Contreras' double scored both Vogelbach and Rademacher to give the Cubs a 6-4 lead.
Daytona (1-0, 27-42) tacked on one more insurance run in the eighth inning before Andrew McKirahan finished off the win. The left-hander allowed a double to Nathan Orf, but otherwise retired the Manatees for his sixth save of the season.
Daytona and Brevard traded runs early in the evening. The Cubs took advantage of Damien Magnifico's erratic control in the first inning. The 'Tees starter walked the first two men he faced and skipped a wild pitch past Cameron Garfield to score Pin-Chie Chen with the first run of the game. Vogelbach later hammered a solo homer to left-center to give Daytona a 2-0 lead.
The Manatees answered in the bottom of the inning. Orf led off with a single and Orlando Arcia slammed a double to bring him home. Later in the inning, Nicky Delmonico tied the ballgame with an RBI single.
Two innings later, the Manatees took their first and only lead of the game. Tyrone Taylor led off the inning with a triple and Michael Reed knocked him home with a double to put the 'Tees ahead, 3-2. Delmonico then came through with his second big hit of the night, as he smacked an RBI double to extend the lead to two runs.
After Daytona pulled within one run in the third on an RBI single by Gioskar Amaya, Taylor made a tremendous throw from center field to preserve Brevard County's lead. With Rock Shoulders on second and one out, Zeke DeVoss singled up the middle. Shoulders rounded third and tried to score, but Taylor unleashed a bullet of a throw to the plate. Garfield slapped the tag on Shoulders to keep the 'Tees on top by one run.
The Manatees eventually relinquished that lead and Cubs reliever Starling Peralta came away with a much-deserved win in relief. Peralta, who relieved starter Felix Pena in the fourth inning, pitched 4.2 perfect frames and struck out four.
Pierce took the loss in relief, as he allowed three runs, including the tying and go-ahead runs, over 2.2 innings of work. He gave up two hits, walked two and struck out four. In his shortest start since May 1, Magnifico allowed three runs on six hits, while walking four and fanning four in four innings.
Brevard County and Daytona will face off again on Friday night, this time at Radiology Associates Field at Jackie Robinson Ballpark in Daytona Beach, with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Tyler Wagner (5-4, 2.09) will get the starting nod for the Manatees against southpaw Nathan Dorris (2-3, 5.96) for the Cubs.
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