TAMPA, Fla. - Orlando Arcia and Victor Roache each tallied two hits, but the Brevard County Manatees came up short in a 5-2 loss to the Tampa Yankees on Tuesday night at George M. Steinbrenner Field.
Both Arcia and Roache played an integral role in each of the two Manatees' (20-21 second half, 56-51 overall) runs. Arcia went 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI and two stolen bases, while Roache did the same, with a triple and a run scored.
However, with the game tied at two, it was Eric Jagielo's colossal blast in the bottom of the eighth that put the Yankees (22-22, 54-59) over the top.
After setting down the side in order in the seventh, reliever Martin Viramontes came back out to work the eighth. With one out, Viramontes walked Cito Culver on five pitches to bring up Jagielo.
On a 1-0 pitch, Jagielo sat dead red and slammed a fastball into deep right-center field. Tyrone Taylor and Michael Reed chased it to the wall, but ran out of room. Jagielo's 13th home run of the year put the Yankees in front for good, 4-2.
This came after Brevard County rallied in the top of the seventh to tie the game. Roache got it all started when he crushed a ball into deep left-center field.
With the wind at a standstill, the ball died at the warning track and bounced off the wall. Roache hustled all the way and slid in head-first with a lead-off triple.
Shortly after Culver robbed Mike Garza of the game-tying hit with a diving play up the middle, Alfredo Rodriguez came through.
With the infield still in, the former Maryland Terrapin snuck a ball underneath the diving glove of Dante Bichette, Jr. and into left field. Roache came home to score and tie the game at two.
Initially, the lead went back-and-forth over between the bottom of the second and third.
Tampa jumped in front thanks to another power-hitter, Aaron Judge. On a payoff pitch from Brevard County starter Jorge Lopez (8-7, 4.03 ERA), the Yankees first round pick from a year ago hammered a ball into deep right-center.
Much like Jagielo's blast, the ball carried well over the wall for a home run. The solo jack was Judge's sixth since being called up to the Florida State League and it gave Tampa its first lead, 1-0.
The Manatees came right back with a run of their own in the top of the third. Parker Berberet kick started the rally with a single to right.
Yankees starter Brett Gerritse (3-6, 4.03) then uncorked a wild pitch, which allowed Berberet to move into scoring position. Following a strike out and ground out, Arcia delivered the game-tying blow.
On the first pitch of his plate appearance, Arcia poked a ball past Gerritse and into center field for a base-hit. Berberet motored home from second to tie the game at one.
However, the tie game was short lived, as Tampa grabbed the lead right back in the following frame. Reymond Nunez started it all off with a ground ball that snuck over the third base bag and down the line for a lead-off double.
Much like in the top of the inning, with two outs, Tampa got the go-ahead knock. Culver poked a single into shallow left field, in front of a charging Roache. Nunez came across to put Tampa back in front, 2-1.
Neither starter factored into the decision, despite solid outings.
Lopez pieced together his second straight quality start with six innings of two-run baseball. He yielded six hits, walked one and struck out five.
His counterpart, Gerritse, left in line for the victory, but his bullpen could not hold the lead for him. The right-hander allowed only one run on five hits over his six frames. Gerritse also walked two and struck out three.
Brevard stayed hot on the base paths with another three stolen bases. In their last nine games, Brevard County has stolen 24 bases on 32 attempts for a resounding success rate of 75 percent.
Brevard County and Tampa will battle in doubleheader tomorrow at George M. Steinbrenner Field. First pitch of game one is slated for 5 p.m. with game two scheduled to start a half-hour after the first game's completion.
Right-hander Taylor Williams (0-0, -.--), who was added to the roster today from Class-A Wisconsin, will make his Manatees debut in game one against Tampa's talented left-hander Miguel Sulbaran (2-2, 2.85). In game two, Brevard will call on lefty Mike Strong (1-1, 2.39) to make a spot start against the Yankees' righty Taylor Garrison (0-0, 2.00).