Two 'Tees All-Stars Lead Brevard Past Yanks
VIERA, Fla. - Cameron Garfield did a little bit of everything in the Brevard County Manatees' 3-0 win over the Tampa Yankees on Monday night at Space Coast Stadium.
The Manatees' catcher not only handled a terrific start by Tyler Wagner, but he also had a hand in all of three of Brevard's runs, as the 'Tees finished a two-game sweep of the Yankees.
Garfield began his onslaught on the very first pitch of the bottom of the fifth inning. The game was still scoreless when Garfield wrapped an offering from Yankees' starter Dan Camarena around the left field foul pole. Garfield's second homer of the year put the 'Tees ahead, 1-0.
Brevard County's backstop was not yet done with the bat. When the seventh inning rolled around, Garfield's home run was still the only run of the ballgame. He led off the inning with a hard ground ball single down the right field line and moved to second when Jose Toussen bobbled the ball.
Garfield advanced to third on a ground out and stood on third base with one out. That brought Mike Garza to the plate and he hit a sharply-struck ground ball to first base. Garfield rushed home as first baseman Greg Bird fielded and threw home. The play was close, but Garfield slid around the tag of catcher Trent Garrison to give the Manatees (33-29) a 2-0 edge.
Brevard's All-Star catcher added to the lead once again in the eighth inning. Garfield stepped up to the plate with two men on base and one out. This time, he ripped a double to score Tyrone Taylor. With the hit, the Manatees led 3-0 and Garfield was 3-for-4 with two RBI, as he finished a triple shy of the cycle.
In his defensive duties, Garfield aided his starting pitcher through seven solid innings. Wagner (5-4, 2.09 ERA) kept the Yankees (30-34) off the scoreboard and only gave up four hits all night. He walked one and struck out four, as Tampa had only two runners in scoring position all evening against Wagner.
Stephen Peterson relieved Wagner in the final two innings. After working a perfect eighth on three groundouts, the lefty ran into some trouble in the ninth. Peterson allowed a pair of singles to bring the tying run to the plate, but struck out Matt Snyder and got Cody Grice to ground to second base to end the game. In doing so, Peterson earned his first save of the season.
Before the All-Star break, Brevard County will hit the road for three games against the Lakeland Flying Tigers (40-24) at Joker Marchant Stadium, beginning on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Austin Ross (5-0, 2.56) will get the start for the 'Tees against Yorfrank Lopez (2-3, 5.34).
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