'Tees Turn Triple Play in 8-5 Win over Lakeland
VIERA, Fla. - It may only be April, but right fielder Michael Reed turned in the play of the year for Brevard County Manatees. Reed made a sliding catch that resulted in a triple play, as the 'Tees defeated the Lakeland Flying Tigers, 8-5 at Space Coast Stadium on Monday night.
The Manatees' defensive anomaly came in the top of the fifth inning. Lakeland had runners on first and second with nobody out after James Robbins doubled and Austin Green walked.
Jeff Holm came up next and hit a fly ball to deep right-center field. Both runners took off, thinking that the ball would fall for extra bases. Reed, however, sprinted over and made a sliding catch on the track. Both runners retreated, but Reed's throw was already in shortstop Orlando Arcia's glove. Arcia stepped on second base to retire Robbins and tagged Green to complete the triple play. It was the first triple play turned by Brevard County since 2003.
Brevard's triple play upstaged what was already a strong offensive performance for the Manatees. The 'Tees took a 1-0 lead in the first with some good fortune, as a throwing error allowed Tyrone Taylor to score.
After Holm homered for Lakeland to tie the game in the top of the third, Victor Roache answered with a solo shot of his own. A bases-loaded walk later in the inning gave Brevard County a 3-1 lead.
The Manatees slowly added to their lead in the sixth, seventh and eighth. Cameron Garfield drove in Arcia with an RBI double in the sixth and then Brandon Macias's seventh-inning, two-out single scored Garrett Cooper in the seventh. Brevard scored another pair in the eighth on a two-run single by Cooper.
Brevard County starting pitcher Tyler Wagner had a quality start as he earned the win. He had his longest outing of the year and fell one out shy of making it through seven innings. Wagner only allowed three runs - two earned - on eight hits, struck out three and walked two in the winning effort.
A pair of right-handed relievers finished the job for Wagner. Chad Pierce finished the seventh inning and pitched into the ninth before running into trouble. Lakeland trailed 8-3 entering the ninth inning, but scored a pair and brought the tying run to the plate with two outs.
Tommy Toledo ended the threat quickly when he came in from the bullpen. He struck out Tyler Hanover to end the game and nail down his third save of 2014.
The 'Tees and Flying Tigers play the middle game of their series on Tuesday night at Historic Dodgertown in Vero Beach. The contest will mark the inaugural Jackie Robinson Celebration Game at Holman Stadium, the Dodgers' spring training home from 1948-2008.
Right-hander Damien Magnifico is expected to pitch for Brevard County against his former University of Oklahoma teammate, southpaw Jordan John. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
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