Magnificent Magnifico Dominant in 'Tees 1-0 Win
JUPITER, Fla. -- The Brevard County Manatees did not need much offensive help on Monday morning as starting pitcher Damien Magnifico put together the best start of his professional career, in a complete game, two-hit shutout in the Manatees, 1-0 victory over the Jupiter Hammerheads at Roger Dean Stadium.
Magnifico (3-3, 2.37 ERA), whose previous career-high was six innings on three separate occasions, allowed only four batters to reach base on two singles, a walk, and a fielding error.
The right-hander was even better in the few occasions Jupiter put a runner on. Magnifico induced a double play ball after a single in the second and an inning-ending fielder's choice after a walk in the third. The Mesquite, Texas native also did not allow any of his four baserunners to get past first base.
The former Oklahoma Sooner thrived as the game moved along, as well. Magnifico retired 11 of the final 12 Hammerheads' (20-24) hitters, with the only exception being a single by Austin Barnes in the seventh.
Magnifico's amazing performance was the first complete game shutout by a Manatee since Drew Gagnon did it on August 28, 2012 in Lakeland. It was also the first nine-inning complete game shutout since April 28, 2009 when Evan Anundsen no-hit the Daytona Cubs at Jackie Robinson Ballpark.
Despite squandering some early inning scoring opportunities, including loading the bases with one out in the second, the Manatees (23-19) got the only run they needed in the top of the sixth.
Tyrone Taylor led off the frame with a line drive single to center. With Cameron Garfield at the plate, it seemed like Taylor had run himself into a disaster. Taylor took an extended lead towards second when he saw a breaking ball from Jupiter starter Scott Lyman (3-3, 1.61) tail into the dirt.
The catcher, Barnes, noticed and made a snap throw towards first to pick off Taylor. As Viosergy Rosa chased him towards second, the first baseman's throw went high and wide of the shortstop Terrence Dayleg, who was covering the bag. The throwing error allowed Taylor to advance to second with nobody out.
After Garfield struck out, Nicky Delmonico walked, bringing Victor Roache to the plate. After a three-hit performance on Sunday, Roache came through with the game's biggest base-hit. The left fielder snuck a ground ball through a hole on the right-side of the infield to score Taylor and give Brevard County the lead, 1-0.
That one run was all the 'Tees were to push across as Lyman, who was named Florida State League Pitcher of the Week during the game, took his third loss of the year. The right-hander allowed the one unearned run on eight hits, walked one and struck out six over six innings.
The Manatees will remain at Roger Dean Stadium for another four games as they take on the ballpark's other occupant, the Palm Beach Cardinals (18-25), at 6:35 p.m. on Tuesday.
Brevard County will look to two-time FSL Pitcher of the Week, Jed Bradley (4-2, 3.20) to keep them on the winning track. The Cardinals will counter with right-hander Thomas Lee (4-2, 3.55).
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