'Tees Trounce St. Lucie, 9-1
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -In both his longest and best outing of 2014 thus far,Tyler Wagnerstymied the St. Lucie Mets on Thursday night at Tradition Field, as he fanned a season-high eight over eight innings, in a 9-1 Brevard County Manatees' victory.
In the end, Wagner (4-3, 1.94 ERA) allowed just one run on a solo shot by Phillip Evans in the fifth. He walked one and surrendered six hits to pick up his first victory since April 14.
Wagner was terrific from the start, as he nearly struck out the side on nine pitches in the first inning, but settled for a perfect frame with a pair of strikeouts.
The next few innings were almost as smooth for the Manatees' starter. Wagner faced just one man more than the minimum in the first three innings, thanks to a pair of double plays. The starter only allowed three men to reach scoring position all night.
While Wagner was a tough nut to crack, the Manatees (27-25) had no trouble striking early against St. Lucie (31-22) starting pitcher Luis Cessa. Brevard County ripped three doubles in the first inning and scored two runs to take an early lead.
Nathan Orfled off the game with a two-bagger andOrlando Arciafollowed with a double of his own to score Orf. After CFTyrone Taylorsingled,Nicky Delmonicosmoked a two-base hit to bring Arcia home.
The 'Tees went through a scoring drought in the middle of the game, but broke out of it decisively in the seventh and eighth. Brevard County had two men on and two outs in the seventh, when Taylor hit a broken-bat double down the left field line. His MiLB-leading 21st double of the season scoredMike GarzaandJose Sermoto expand the Manatees' lead to 4-1.
Brevard flooded the scoreboard with runs in the eighth inning. The 'Tees scored five runs and four different Manatees contributed RBI singles. Garza, Sermo, Arcia and Taylor each delivered those knocks and Delmonico added a run on an RBI ground out.
Sermo's run-scoring single came on a beautiful safety squeeze. The switch-hitter - batting left-handed - dropped a bunt down the third base line withYadiel Riveraon third. Rivera raced home, ran past Mets catcher Albert Cordero and slid around his tag to score.
Cessa (3-4, 3.35) took the loss for the Mets, though he settled down and did not give up a run after the first inning. The right-hander struck out five, walked two and allowed seven hits over his six innings of work.
Six Brevard County hitters recorded at least two hits each as the 'Tees tallied 18 total. Orf, Arcia, Taylor, Garza and Sermo all had three hits each, while Delmonico had two.
The first four hitters in the Manatees' order - Orf, Arcia, Taylor and Delmonico - combined to go 11-for-20 with four doubles and seven RBI.
Brevard County has taken two of the first three games against the St. Lucie Mets and will look to win the four-game set on Friday night in Port St. Lucie, with first pitch set for 6:30 p.m.Austin Ross(3-0, 3.31) is scheduled to start for the Manatees against the Florida State League leader in wins, Matthew Koch (6-0, 2.83).
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