Wang Dazzles in 3-2 Manatees Victory
VIERA, Fla. - Left-hander Wei-Chung Wang made his only rehab start with Brevard County one to remember, as he lead the Manatees to a 3-2 win over the Lakeland Flying Tigers on Wednesday night at Space Coast Stadium.
Making his sixth rehab start and his first since being transferred from Class-A Wisconsin this past weekend, Wang (1-0, 2.35 ERA) went a career-high 7.2 innings and tied a career-best with eight punch outs to lead the Manatees (35-30 second half, 71-60 overall) to victory. The win was the southpaw's first ever in a start and his first in any game since this date, August 27, a year ago with the Rookie Gulf Coast League Pirates.
After allowing two runs on five hits through the first three frames, Wang settled down and baffled Lakeland (19-47, 61-72) over his final 4.2 innings of work. Following a single by Curt Powell in the third, the Taiwanese native issued just two more hits and sat down 16 of the last 18 batters he faced.
Right-hander Jon Huizinga came in to relieve Wang in the eighth and finish the ballgame. The side-armer scattered just one hit and struck out one to record the final four outs for his second consecutive save.
Brevard County gave Wang the lead for good with two runs in the bottom of the third inning. Trailing 2-1 after a sacrifice fly to center by Jeff McVaney in the top of the frame, Brandon Macias and Greg Hopkins started the rally with back-to-back singles. Nathan Orf subsequently sacrificed them to second and third with a bunt.
Orlando Arcia grounded out to short, which brought home Macias to knot the game up at two. Tyrone Taylor then put Brevard County out in front, as he ripped a single to left to score Hopkins to make it 3-2, Manatees.
Lakeland initially grabbed the lead in the second on an RBI double by Connor Harrell, but the 'Tees struck back immediately. Leading off the bottom half of the inning, Victor Roache hammered a 1-1 pitch from Flying Tigers starter Jade Todd (2-0, 5.74) towards deep right-center. The ball carried well over the wall for Roache's team-leading 17th home run of the season, which tied the game at one.
The Flying Tigers used three different relievers in their loss. Todd yielded three hits and one run over two innings, before he gave way to Burgos. The southpaw, who took his fourth loss of the year, allowed two runs on three hits and walked three. Whit Mayberry threw two scoreless frames to close out the night. The right-hander surrendered two hits and struck out two.
Taylor picked up the only multi-hit game for the 'Tees. The top prospect in the Brewers' organization according to MLB.com went 2-for-4 with an RBI. As a team, Brevard County tallied eight hits in its fourth-consecutive win.
Taylor Williams (1-1, 4.05) will try and complete the sweep tomorrow, as he makes his first home start for the Manatees. First pitch between Lakeland and Brevard County is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. at Space Coast Stadium. Right-hander Micah Kellogg (0-1, 2.57) makes third appearance and second start for the Flying Tigers tomorrow evening.
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