Jays Rally To Take Down Manatees, 6-5

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Brevard eliminated from playoff contention

Brevard's loss, combine with a Daytona win earlier in the day, eliminated the 'Tees from playoff contention. The Manatees now sit 9.5 games out of first place with eight games remaining on the schedule.

Brevard’s loss, combine with a Daytona win earlier in the day, eliminated the ‘Tees from playoff contention. The Manatees now sit 9.5 games out of first place with eight games remaining on the schedule.

BREVARD COUNTY • VIERA, FLORIDA – The Brevard County Manatees and the Dunedin Blue Jays traded four-run innings yesterday evening, but it was the Blue Jays who came out on top with the 6-5 win to avoid a sweep at the hands of the Manatees on Sunday evening at Space Coast Stadium.

Manatees starting pitcher Brent Suter had his shortest start of the season as he went just 4.1 innings in Brevard County's 6-5 loss to the Dunedin Blue Jays on Sunday evening at Space Coast Stadium in Viera. (Dennis Greenblatt/Hawk-Eye Sports Photography)

Manatees starting pitcher Brent Suter had his shortest start of the season as he went just 4.1 innings in Brevard County’s 6-5 loss to the Dunedin Blue Jays on Sunday evening at Space Coast Stadium in Viera. (Dennis Greenblatt/Hawk-Eye Sports Photography)

Brevard’s (27-32 second half, 64-62 overall) loss, combine with a Daytona win earlier in the day, eliminated the ‘Tees from playoff contention. The Manatees now sit 9.5 games out of first place with eight games remaining on the schedule.

Brevard got on the board in the opening frame, with Yadiel Rivera singling and scoring on a Cameron Garfield base hit.

The Manatees now sit 9.5 games out of first place with eight games remaining on the schedule.

Dunedin (23-34, 60-63) took advantage of a walk, an obstruction call and a two-out single by Jon Berti to tie the game in the third inning.

Brevard County quickly retook the lead as they batted around in a four-run third. A pair of walks opened up the frame and then a series of singles drove in all four runs. Mitch Haniger drove in two men, then Greg Hopkins, Ben McMahan and Brandon Macias each picked up RBI base hits.

Greg Hopkins

Greg Hopkins

Brevard County quickly retook the lead as they batted around in a four-run third. A pair of walks opened up the frame and then a series of singles drove in all four runs. Mitch Haniger drove in two men, then Greg Hopkins, Ben McMahan and Brandon Macias each picked up RBI base hits.

The final RBI single of the third came against reliever Wil Browning, after John Anderson gave up five runs on six hits with three walks in 2.1 innings. He struck out just one man.

Browning would end up earning the win, representing the first in a series of strong relief appearances for the Jays. Once Browning entered, Macias’ single was joined by a pair of Cameron Garfield singles as the only base runners allowed in 6.2 innings of work from the D-Jays bullpen.

The Blue Jays scored another run in the fourth with three straight hits to open the inning, including an RBI double off the bat of Marcus Knecht which cut Brevard’s lead to 5-2.

Eric Arnett

Eric Arnett

Four runs in the top of the fifth, including a two-run homer from Michael Crouse, gave the Blue Jays their 6-5 lead at the halfway point.

Brent Suter (7-9, 3.40 ERA) was lifted after the home run as he went 4.1 innings. He gave up all six of Dunedin’s runs, with five of them being charged as earned. Suter surrendered ten hits and four walks, while recording just one strikeout.

Stephen Peterson and Eric Arnett combine to allow just two hits in 4.2 innings with five strikeouts in relief of Suter.

HOMESTAND CONTINUES TONIGHT AT SPACE COAST STADIUM

Brevard County’s homestand will continue on Monday evening at 5:05 p.m. with a doubleheader against the Lakeland Flying Tigers to open a four-game series. Chad Pierce (5-6, 3.71 ERA) is slated to take the mound for game one for the Manatees against Lakeland’s Wilsen Palacios (6-8, 3.46 ERA).

In game two, Brevard’s Taylor Mangum (1-1, 4.80 ERA) is scheduled to make his first professional start, with the Flying Tigers sending Patrick Cooper (2-1, 2.95 ERA) to the hill.

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