Brevard Manatees’ Offense Goes Cold, Falls To Lakeland 4-1
By Brevard County Manatees // June 2, 2015
BREVARD COUNTY • VIERA, FLORIDA – After banging out 28 hits in the first two games of the series, the Brevard County Manatees (22-28) were held to just five hits as the Lakeland Flying Tigers (24-26) recorded a 4-1 win on Monday night at Space Coast Stadium.
Matt Crouse (2-1, 1.05 ERA) recorded the win after he surrendered just one run on three hits over five innings. He struck out six. Calvin Drummond pitched two scoreless innings of relief and Paul Voelker tossed two shutout frames to lock down his fifth save of the year.
The Flying Tigers opened the scoring in the first inning. Jiwan James doubled to right-center field to leadoff the ballgame. Tyler Hanover then singled to right to put runners on the corners with no outs.
Brandon Woodruff (1-3, 4.15 ERA) uncorked a wild pitch to score James and gave the Flying Tigers a 1-0 lead.
A one-out double from Hanover and an RBI single by Javier Betancourt doubled the Lakeland lead in the third.
Brevard County plated their only run of the game in the bottom of the fifth. Garrett Cooper doubled to right-center with one out.
Jose Pena then lined an RBI double down the third base line. Pena recorded his sixth RBI of the season on his second double of the year.
Lakeland was able to obtain a two-run cushion again in the seventh. Ismael Salgado singled on the infield and was sacrificed to second by David Gonzalez.
Two batters later, Hanover doubled down the left field line to score Salgado. Hanover finished with four hits, including two doubles.
Woodruff exited after the seventh. He allowed ten hits and three runs. Woodruff did not walk a batter and fanned two.
Kaleb Earls threw a scoreless eighth inning and allowed two singles.
Lakeland completed the scoring in the ninth against Stephen Peterson. Peterson surrendered two hits and a sacrifice fly to Betancourt.
Brevard County will head to Daytona tomorrow to open a two-game, home-and-home series against the Tortugas. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
RHP Javi Salas (4-3, 2.32 ERA) is scheduled to start for the Manatees.
Daytona will send RHP Jackson Stephens (3-2, 3.31 ERA) to the hill.