'Tees Rally Twice to Topple Marauders, 10-7
VIERA, Fla. - Despite trailing 5-1 and 7-4 at different points in the ballgame, the Brevard County Manatees rallied to score the game's final six runs to defeat the Bradenton Marauders, 10-7 on Thursday night at Space Coast Stadium.
Tied at seven in the bottom of the seventh inning, Cameron Garfield led off the frame with a single to center. With Victor Roache at the plate, Garfield swiped second base for his second steal of the year. After Roache struck out, Garfield advanced to third on a ground out by Mike Garza. That brought Yadiel Rivera - who had three base-hits already - to the plate with two outs.
On a 1-0 pitch from Marauders' reliever Ryan Hafner, Rivera hit a high chop towards Bradenton (30-30) third baseman Eric Wood. Charging on the play, Wood fielded and fired low to first. The throw skipped past first baseman Walker Gourley and went all the way to the wall. Garfield scored easily as Rivera motored into second with a single and an error to give the 'Tees their first lead of the night, 8-7. Nathan Orf followed with a single to center to score Rivera from second base to extend the Manatees' lead to 9-7.
Brevard County (31-28) tacked on an insurance run off Jeff Inman, who was making his 2014 debut after being activated from the disabled list at Double-A Altoona earlier in the day, in eighth. Nicky Delmonico slapped an RBI single to right field to make it 10-7.
Mark Williams, making his fourth appearance since being added to the Manatees roster from Class-A Wisconsin, came in to close out the game in the top of the ninth. The right-hander worked around a one-out double to pick up his third save of the year. The victory marked Brevard County's eighth come-from-behind win of the season.
Damien Magnifico (3-4, 3.05 ERA) struggled out of the gate and suffered his worst start of the season. After posting an incredible month of May, recording a 1.57 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP in 34.1 innings, the right-hander issued a season-high seven runs and tied a season-high with seven hits allowed in 4.2 innings, in his first June start.
The first three batters for the Marauders reached to spark the first inning rally. After a walk to Adam Frazier and an error by Rivera at second base that allowed Gourley to reach base safely, Josh Bell drilled his first of five hits into left field for an RBI single to put Bradenton up 1-0. After a ground out by Jonathan Schwind, Max Moroff grounded a two-run double to right to extend the early lead to three.
However after every Bradenton threat, the 'Tees came back with a rally of its own. With two outs in the first, Michael Reed came through with his first base-hit since being activated from the disabled list to score Orlando Arcia and cut the lead to 3-1.
The back-and-forth affair continued with the Marauders scoring two runs in the second. With a runner on third and one out, Frazier slapped a run-scoring single to left to make it 4-1, Bradenton. After a Gourley single, Bell came through with another RBI single to extend the lead to four.
Brevard rallied back once again to score the game's next three runs. After an RBI single by Arcia in the second cut the lead to 5-2, the 'Tees added two more in the fourth. With two outs and no one on, Rivera blooped a single to shallow right field. However, Rivera took too wide of a turn at first and was caught off the bag. After receiving the throw from the right fielder Schwind, Bradenton starting pitcher, Orlando Castro (3-3, 3.26), threw to second base to try and get Rivera. The throw from Castro was wide and went sailing into left field. Rivera never stopped until he crossed home plate to cut the lead to two.
The Manatees were not done as Orf followed with a double to left. Arcia - already with two hits to his name - lined another base-hit to center to score Orf to trim the Marauders' lead to one. However, Arcia was tagged out trying to advance to second on the throw to the cutoff man.
Both teams would put up two spots in the fifth. Bradenton extended their lead to 7-4 on a two-run double by Jacob Stallings, while the Manatees countered in the bottom of the frame with RBI singles by Garfield and Roache to cut the deficit back to one.
It was in the sixth when the Manatees finally tied the game. Brevard loaded the bases on a single by Rivera and then back-to-back walks to Orf and Arcia. Tyrone Taylor followed with a sacrifice fly to left to knot the game up at seven. That was all the Manatees would get as Orf was cut down at home on a fielder's choice by Reed and Delmonico grounded out to second to end the threat.
Much like his Brevard counterpart, Castro battled through his worst start of the season. The Marauders' lefty - who was named to the Florida State League South All-Star team on Tuesday - surrendered a season-high 12 hits and six runs (five earned) over 4.2 innings of work.
Manatees' reliever Stephen Peterson picked up his first win of the year in relief. The left-hander did not allow a run on two hits in two innings of work.
Hafner took his second loss of the year in relief for the Marauders. The right-hander surrendered three runs on four hits and two walks in 2.1 innings.
Brevard finished the night with a staggering 18 hits. Eight of the nine players in the lineup recorded at least one base-hit, while five of those eight - Arcia, Rivera, Orf, Delmonico and Garfield - all recorded multi-hit games.
The 'Tees will look to take the series against the Marauders tomorrow night at Space Coast Stadium, with first pitch scheduled for 6:35 p.m. Right-hander Chad Pierce (1-2, 4.15) will make a spot-start for Brevard. Fellow righty, Jason Creasy (3-2, 3.79), will get the start for Bradenton.
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