Miscues Malign Manatees in Loss to Miracle
VIERA, Fla. - A slew of errors and stranded opportunities sank the Brevard County Manatees in an 8-2 loss to the Fort Myers Miracle on Monday night at Space Coast Stadium. The loss snapped Brevard County's four-game winning streak.
Fort Myers capitalized on Brevard's miscues early. The Miracle put a pair of runs on the board in the second inning after a leadoff error by third baseman Nicky Delmonico allowed Travis Harrison to reach. Manatees starting pitcher Tyler Wagner (3-2, 1.80 ERA) struck out the next two men, but walked Stuart Turner and then gave up back-to-back RBI singles.
John Murphy delivered first with a single to left to score Harrison. Aderling Mejia then chopped a single up the middle that shortstop Orlando Arcia could not handle. The infield single scored Turner to give Fort Myers an early 2-0 lead.
Wagner kept the Miracle off the scoreboard for the rest of his outing, but Fort Myers pulled away in the sixth. The Miracle struck for four runs off Manatees left-handed reliever Mike Strong to take a 6-0 advantage.
Strong walked the first two men he faced before LF Tyler Grimes stroked a fly ball to right field. Right fielder Michael Reed could not make the catch, as the ball twisted away from him and landed on the track for a double.
Harrison scored from second on the two-bagger and an error by second baseman Yadiel Rivera on the relay throw allowed Adam Brett Walker to score, as well. Stuart Turner then launched a two-run home run to the opposite field in right to complete the four-run frame.
Fort Myers (21-16) tacked on two more runs on a homer in the eighth. After Murphy hit a one-out double, Mejia skied an offering from Chad Pierce over the right field wall, to expand the Miracle's lead to 8-0.
Brevard County (20-16) struggled with runners in scoring position all night. The 'Tees put runners on first and second with one out in the fourth, but Miracle starting pitcher Matt Tomshaw (2-1, 2.31) got out of the jam with a strikeout and a line out to right field.
Tomshaw worked out of trouble again in the sixth. Brevard loaded the bases against the southpaw with just one out, but could not produce a run.
With one out, Tomshaw jammed Reed and induced a soft ground ball back to the mound. Tomshaw delivered a glove flip to the plate to cut down a run. The lefty then induced an inning-ending force out at second to get out of the jam.
Tomshaw earned the win with six scoreless innings, as he allowed five hits, walked a pair and struck out two.
The Manatees' only runs of the game crossed the plate after Tomshaw was finished. Nathan Orf led off the eighth inning with a single and two batters later, Tyrone Taylor hit a bomb over the bullpen in left field for his fourth homer of the season.
The Manatees loaded the bases with one out in the ninth, but again could not scratch across a run. Brian Gilbert got out of the jam with a pair of strikeouts to end the game.
Arcia, Taylor, Delmonico and Rivera all had two hits each but as a team, the Manatees went 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position and left nine men on base.
Brevard County and Fort Myers meet again on Tuesday night at 6:35 p.m. at Space Coast Stadium. Right-hander Damien Magnifico (2-2, 2.83) is slated to pitch for the Manatees against Miracle righty Jose Berrios (2-2, 3.30).
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