'Tees Topple Tampa, 5-2
VIERA, Fla.- SouthpawHobbs Johnsonhad the longest outing of his professional career as he went 7.2 innings and helped the Brevard County Manatees to a 5-2 win over the Tampa Yankees at Space Coast Stadium on Sunday night.
Johnson (6-6, 2.62 ERA) only allowed two runs on six hits. He struck out three men and walked only two, en route to his sixth win of 2014. Johnson's previous career-high in innings pitched was 6.1 frames.
For the second straight start, Johnson faced the minimum 12 batters through the first four innings. The lefty did not allow the first Yankees' hit until the third, but he quickly disposed of that base runner. After Wes Wilson broke through with a one-out hit, Johnson induced a 4-6-3 double play off the bat of Cody Grice to end the inning.
The Yankees scored their only two runs against Johnson in the fifth and eighth. Brevard County already held a 4-0 lead when Dante Bichette, Jr. delivered a single to lead off the fifth inning. He then moved to second on a wild pitch and to third on a ground out. With two outs, Jose Toussen smacked an RBI single to put Tampa on the scoreboard for the first time.
Three innings later, Matt Snyder doubled and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt. With one out and the 'Tees leading 5-1, Wes Wilson hit a sharp ground ball to third base, butBrandon Maciasmade a terrific diving stop to his forehand side, got to his feet and threw out Wilson. Snyder scored to cut Brevard's lead to 5-2, but that was all that Tampa could manage off Manatees' pitching.
Brevard County (32-29) jumped out to an early lead and it wasNathan Orfwho got it all started. The first man to face Yankees' starter Conner Kendrick singled up the middle and advanced to second when Cody Grice bobbled the ball in centerfield.
Two batters later,Tyrone Taylorsmoked an RBI double down the left field line. His 24th two-bagger of the season gave the 'Tees a 1-0 advantage. Not long after that,Yadiel Riveragrounded a base hit through the left side of the infield to score Taylor and give Brevard County a 2-0 lead.
The Manatees increased their lead to 3-0 in the second inning on a heads-up baserunning play by Macias. He stood off of first andMike Garzaled from third base with two outs. Kendrick picked off Macias, but the he worked himself into a lengthy rundown between first and second. As the Yankees (30-33) labored to tag Macias out, Garza sprinted home with Brevard's third run.
Brevard lumped on a couple more runs in the fourth and fifth.Parker Berberetdelivered in the fourth when his single scored Garza. The following frame, Orf doubled to left-center andOrlando Arciasingled him home to give Brevard County its fifth run of the ballgame.
Kevin Shackelfordtook the 'Tees 5-2 lead and ran with it in the eighth and ninth. He replaced Johnson with two outs in the eighth inning, walked a man and induced an inning-ending line out to shortstop to leave the bases loaded. In the ninth, Shackelford worked a perfect frame to nail down his third save of the year.
Orf was perhaps the position player of the game for Brevard County, as he finished 2-for-4, scored a pair of runs and made arguably the play of the year in left field.
With two outs and nobody on in the seventh inning, Zach Wilson hit a deep fly ball to left-center that looked destined to either hit the top of the wall or clear it entirely. However, Orf darted to the fence, leaped and made the catch while crashing into the wall.
Garza was the other Manatees' hitter to produce multiple hits, as the first baseman was 2-for-3 and scored a pair of runs.
Brevard County will go for the sweep of this mini two-game series against Tampa on Monday night at Space Coast Stadium, with first pitch scheduled for 6:35 p.m. It will be a duel of Florida State League All-Stars, asTyler Wagner(4-4, 2.29) will take the ball for the 'Tees against Tampa lefty Dan Camarena (4-3, 2.81).
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