Magnifico Deals 'Tees to 7-5 Win over Crabs
VIERA, Fla. - Behind eight stellar innings by Damien Magnifico and one terrific catch by center fielder Tyrone Taylor, the Brevard County Manatees disposed of the Charlotte Stone Crabs on Sunday night at Space Coast Stadium, 7-5.
Magnifico (6-5, 3.70 ERA) faltered once in the first inning when Patrick Leonard ripped an RBI single to left and gave the Stone Crabs (7-17 second half, 38-53 overall) a 1-0 lead. That, however was the only run Magnifico allowed all evening.
Charlotte almost got to the Manatees' (13-7, 49-37) starter in his final inning of work. Leonard came in the eighth with a runner on first, two outs and his Stone Crabs trailing, 7-1. The powerful designated hitter launched a ball just to the left of dead center that looked like it would make it over the wall for a two-run homer.
Taylor, however, raced after the fly ball, climbed the wall and made a spectacular grab. Brevard County's center fielder nearly toppled over the wall, but he held on to rob Leonard of a sure home run and end the inning.
Taylor's catch ended Magnifico's night. The starter allowed just the one run through eight innings. He surrendered six hits, walked one and struck out five to pick up his first win in July.
The 'Tees rebounded quickly from Charlotte's early run. In the bottom of the first, Brevard took advantage of two Stone Crabs errors to take a 2-1 lead.
Nathan Orf reached on an error by Charlotte shortstop Leonardo Reginatto to lead off the inning. The next batter, Orlando Arcia, singled up the middle and Orf bolted to third.
With Taylor at the plate, Arcia took off for second and catcher Luke Bailey's throw skipped into center field. Orf scored easily to tie the game at 1-1. In the meantime, Arcia moved to third on the error. He later scored on a Michael Reed sacrifice fly to put Brevard County on top for the first time in the ballgame.
The 'Tees tacked on four more runs in the second against Charlotte starter Marcus Jensen. Mike Garza and Alfredo Rodriguez hit back-to-back singles to start the inning and Brandon Macias worked a one-out walk to load the bases. Orf hit a fly ball to center that was plenty deep enough to score Garza and put the 'Tees further ahead, 3-1.
Arcia was next up and he not only roped a two-run single, but miraculously advanced to third base with a couple of nimble maneuvers. Brevard's number two hitter smacked a single to left that scored both Rodriguez and Macias. He then tried to run to second when Josh Sale's throw went toward home.
Charlotte redirected the throw toward second base and Arcia beat the throw, but slid past the bag. Stone Crabs second baseman Tommy Coyle tried to apply the tag to Arcia, but he danced away and headed to third.
At this point, Charlotte had Arcia caught in a rundown and he looked to be dead to rights. Coyle threw to third baseman Tyler Goeddel and Arcia began to cautiously jog back toward second. As Goeddel tried to tag Arcia, the runner stopped in his tracks, hopped backwards and spun around away. Arcia scrambled to third base and was in there safely.
After Arcia's acrobatic moves placed him 90 feet from home, Taylor dropped down an unexpected bunt toward third. Arcia came home and Taylor made it to first with an RBI bunt single to give Brevard a 6-1 lead. Victor Roache added the Manatees' final run the following hinning when he lifted his 11th home run of the season over the right field wall.
Charlotte made a comeback bid in the ninth. Sale got things started against lefty reliever Trevor Seidenberger with a one-out triple and Ariel Soriano knocked him in with a double. Seidenberger then walked Jonathan Quinonez to put a pair on. After the walk, Luke Bailey lifted a three-run homer well over the left field wall to pull Charlotte within two runs at 7-5.
Scott Lieser came in from the bullpen to close the door. He struck out Marty Gantt and Coyle in consecutive fashion to end the ballgame. Lieser picked up his first career save in the process.
Jensen (3-4, 3.60 ERA) took the loss for Charlotte. He allowed seven runs (five earned) over just three innings. The spot-starter gave up six hits, walked one and struck out two.
Brevard County has now won each of its last two games and is tied for first place in the Florida State League North Division with the Daytona Cubs. The 'Tees will try to take three-out-of-four from Charlotte in the series finale on Monday night. First pitch at Space Coast Stadium is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. Austin Ross (7-2, 3.12 ERA) is expected to start for Brevard against Charlotte's Ryne Stanek (1-0, 1.50 ERA).
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