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Brevard's Rally Falls Short against Cubs

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

VIERA, Fla. - The Brevard County Manatees brought the tying run to the plate in the bottom of the ninth inning, but could not complete the comeback as they fell 7-3 to the Daytona Cubs on Thursday night at Space Coast Stadium.

Brandon Macias and Tyrone Taylor gave the 'Tees (11-9) hope when they hit back-to-back singles off of Arodys Vizcaino to begin the ninth. Orlando Arcia walked to load the bases, but that is when Vizcaino bore down.

The Cubs (6-14) reliever struck out Michael Reed looking and Victor Roache swinging. Then, Alfredo Rodriguez hit a pitch on the screws, but the line drive was right at shortstop Marco Hernandez who squeezed it to end the game.

Daytona took advantage of an error in the top of the third to take the lead and they did not look back. After Tim Saunders was hit by a pitch with one out, Pin-Chieh Chen hit a soft line drive to left. Roache tried to make a sliding catch, but the ball hit off of his glove and rolled past him.

Saunders moved up to third on the play and Chen advanced to second. Albert Almora made the 'Tees pay for the defensive lapse as he hit a two-run single to tie the game. Later in the inning, Wilson Contreras gave Daytona the 4-3 lead with a sacrifice fly that scored Almora.

Dan Vogelbach had the biggest day at the plate for Daytona. The first baseman went 4-for-4 with three singles and a solo home run. In addition to the home run, Vogelbach came around to score a run in the sixth inning on a two-run double by Marco Hernandez.

Brevard County got on the board first against Daytona starter Yao-Lin Wang as a one-out triple by Arcia in the first inning, turned into a run, thanks to a sacrifice fly off the bat of Reed.

After Daytona tied the game at 1-1 in the top of the second, the Manatees answered right back with two more runs. Macias plated Rodriguez on a single and then Taylor brought Yadiel Rivera home on a sacrifice fly.

Ben Wells earned the win in relief as he pitched three scoreless innings. Wells allowed two hits, walked two and struck out one.

Hobbs Johnson (1-3, 3.00) took the loss as the left-hander allowed four runs - one earned - through five innings. He surrendered five hits and struck out four in the outing.

The Manatees and Cubs face each other again on Friday night at Space Coast Stadium, with first pitch scheduled for 6:35 p.m. The probable starting pitchers are right-hander Tyler Wagner (3-0, 1.17) for the 'Tees and right-hander Felix Pena (1-3, 1.38) for Daytona.

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