Lakeland Nips Manatees 5-4 In 11 Innings

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Manatees right fielder Lance Roenicke, seen here in a game from earlier this season, went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer in Brevard County's 5-4, 11-inning loss to the Lakeland Flying Tigers at Joker Marchant Stadium on Saturday night. (Dennis Greenblatt/Hawk-Eye Sports Photography)

Manatees right fielder Lance Roenicke, seen here in a game from earlier this season, went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer in Brevard County’s 5-4, 11-inning loss to the Lakeland Flying Tigers at Joker Marchant Stadium on Saturday night. (Dennis Greenblatt/Hawk-Eye Sports Photography)

The scheduled game last night between the Brevard County Manatees and the Tampa Yankees was washed out due to unplayable field conditions caused by a heavy storm that blew through the Space Coast.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The scheduled game today between the Brevard County Manatees and the Lakeland Flying Tigers at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland has been suspended due to inclement weather. The game will resume tomorrow at 5:00 p.m. and will still be a nine-inning game. The contest will be picked up from the top of the second inning with one out and the Manatees leading the Flying Tigers 6-0.

Lakeland Nips Manatees 5-4 In 11 Innings On Saturday Night

LAKELAND, FLORIDA – After taking a 4-3 in the top of the 11th, the Brevard County Manatees fell 5-4 in 11 innings to the Lakeland Flying Tigers at Joker Marchant Stadium on Saturday night.

Brevard County Manatees designated hitter Cody Hawn. (Dennis Greenblatt/Hawk-Eye Sports Photography image)

Brevard County Manatees designated hitter Cody Hawn. (Dennis Greenblatt/Hawk-Eye Sports Photography image)

With the game tied 3-3 and heading into the 11th, Cody Hawn hit his second extra-innings homer in four days as his one-out solo blast gave the Manatees (6-4 second half, 43-34 overall) a one-run lead.

Entering the bottom of the 11th, ‘Tees reliever Santo Manzanillo, who was just transferred to the team from Huntsville earlier in the day, was entering his second inning of work. He started off the frame by allowed back-to-back singles to Lakeland’s (3-6, 33-44) Jason Krizan and Corey Jones.

Manzanillo then hit John Murrian with a pitch to load the bases. The Flying Tigers would score the tying run with Brandon Loy at the plate as Manzanillo uncorked a wild pitch that allowed Krizan to score and Jones and Murrian to move up to third and second, respectively.

Loy grounded out to short for the first out of the inning and then Rashad Brown was intentionally walked to set up the force at any base or a possible double play. That opportunity would not come as Manzanillo would issue a walk to Tyler Hanover to bring home the winning run.

PETERSON THROWS THREE SCORELESS INNINGS

Lakeland got the scoring started in the bottom of the first inning against Brevard County starting pitcher Damien Magnifico (0-0, 4.66 ERA) when Steven Moya hit a two-out, two-run homer.

Those would be the only earned runs that Magnifico would allow as the Flying Tigers scored a run in the fourth on a Corey Jones sacrifice fly that was unearned thanks to a passed ball earlier in Jones’ at-bat that put the runner at third.

Damien Magnifico went six innings and yielded nine hits and did not walk a batter, while striking out five in his second start with the Manatees.

Damien Magnifico went six innings and yielded nine hits and did not walk a batter, while striking out five in his second start with the Manatees.

Magnifico went six innings and yielded nine hits and did not walk a batter, while striking out five in his second start with the Manatees.

Stephen Peterson relieved Magnifico and threw three scoreless innings of one-hit ball.

Brevard County took a one-run lead with a three-run second inning that started with Cameron Garfield’s 14th double of the season. Garfield moved to third on a ground out by Hawn and then scored on a single to left off the bat of Greg Hopkins.

Two batters later with two outs, Lance Roenicke stepped up and hit his fourth home run of the season to left field to make it a 3-2 game.

Roenicke went 2-for-4 out of the number nine spot in the order while T.J. Mittelstaedt set the table in the lead-off spot by going 3-for-5 with a double.

For the Manatees, the loss drops their record to 21-9 in one-run games this season and it is just Brevard County’s second loss to Lakeland in ten games thus far this season.

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