'Tees Squander Opportunities in 6-3 Loss to Daytona
VIERA, Fla. - A night after leaving 11 runners on base, the Brevard County Manatees stranded another ten on the basepaths, as they dropped their third consecutive game, 6-3 to the Daytona Cubs at Space Coast Stadium on Friday night.
After trailing for the most of the night, the Cubs (7-14) rallied four two runs in the top of the seventh inning to take the lead for good against Manatees reliever Martin Viramontes.
Trailing 3-2, Daytona got a lead-off double from Marco Hernandez to put the tying run in scoring position. Pin-Chieh Chen followed that with a double to deep center to even the score.
Dan Vogelbach - who went 4-for-4 in Daytona's Thursday night win - then singled to center to drive in Chen and give the Cubs a 4-3 advantage. The single was the Florida native's seventh hit of the series.
The Cubs would tack on two more runs in the top of the ninth. Bijan Rademacher drilled a home run to right and a missed catch error by first baseman Michael Garza, who replaced Garrett Cooper in the eighth, made it 6-3 in favor of Daytona.
For the second straight night, the 'Tees (11-10) jumped out to the early lead. With the bases loaded and two outs in the top of the first, Cubs catcher Chadd Krist couldn't corral a pitch from starter Felix Pena, which allowed center fielder Tyrone Taylor to score and give Brevard a 1-0 lead.
Cooper would add to the Manatees' advantage in the second with a solo shot to left, his first homer of the year, to make it 2-0.
Daytona would tie it in the top of the fourth off of Manatees starter Tyler Wagner (3-0, 1.61), thanks to a run-scoring single by Krist and a bases loaded walk to third baseman Jeimer Candelario.
After an RBI double in the fifth by Alfredo Rodriguez, Wagner left in line for the victory for the fifth straight start, but the 'Tees bullpen could not hold the lead for him. The righty struggled with his control as he walked five, but kept Brevard County in the game by allowing just five hits and two runs while striking out four in five innings.
Pena also struggled with his control, but his night was slightly shorter. After walking four batters, the righty left the game one batter into the top of the fourth inning with what appeared to be an arm injury.
At the plate for the Manatees, Brandon Macias, Michael Reed and Rodriguez all had two hits each.
The series will now move to Radiology Associates Field at Jackie Robinson Ballpark in Daytona for Saturday and Sunday night. The Manatees will turn to Damien Magnifico (1-1, 3.43) to end its three-game losing skid, while Daytona will call on right-hander Jose Rosario (1-2, 5.19). First pitch for Saturday's game is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
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