Brevard Tops Tampa 7-4, in Completion of Suspended Game
VIERA, Fla. - It took a couple days with all of the rain on the Space Coast, but the Brevard County Manatees finished off a 7-4 win over the Tampa Yankees on Saturday evening in a game that was suspended on Thursday due to heavy precipitation.
The 'Tees (15-12) and Yanks (14-13) resumed play in the top of the fourth inning on Saturday night with Brevard County on top, 4-0. The home side had produced a four-run second inning on Thursday before the rain fell.
Brandon Macias and Nathan Orf each delivered sacrifice flies, Yadiel Rivera plated a run with a single and the 'Tees were gifted another run on a Tampa error.
Damien Magnifico (1-2, 3.10) started the game on Thursday and threw three scoreless innings, as he yielded three hits and struck out three.
Though the 'Tees had all of the offense on Thursday, the Yankees struck first on Saturday. Peter O'Brien led off the fifth inning with a home run and Dante Bichette, Jr. hit a solo homer in the seventh, as the Yanks used the long ball to cut the Manatees' lead to 4-2.
However the Manatees would respond, in the bottom half of the seventh. Tyrone Taylor and Victor Roache both delivered the big blows in an inning that produced three runs for Brevard County. Taylor slammed an RBI double, while Roache plated two runs with a two-bagger of his own. The pair of extra-base hits gave Brevard County a 7-2 lead.
Tampa mounted a short comeback in the ninth inning that just did not have enough juice. Eric Jagielo began the frame with a homer and then Bichette doubled.
Then with one out, Zach Wilson singled to bring home Bichette. That was all Greg Holle would allow though, as he induced a ground out and struck out Jose Toussen to end the ballgame.
Brevard's Austin Ross (2-0, 3.43) picked up the win in relief as he came in the game for Magnifico when play resumed on Saturday. He pitched five solid innings, surrendered just two runs on solo homers, allowed one other hit and struck out five Yankees.
Yankees' left-hander Eric Wooten took the loss. He was Tampa's starter on Thursday and finished with four runs - three earned - against him over three innings of work. Wooten surrendered seven hits, walked two and fanned one.
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