Brevard Manatees Defeat Fort Myers In Series Opener, 3-1
By Brevard County Manatees // July 16, 2015
BREVARD COUNTY • VIERA, FLORIDA – The Brevard County Manatees (8-11, 37-51 overall) received some timely hitting late in the game en route to a 3-1 victory over the Fort Myers Miracle (12-8, 50-40 overall) on Wednesday night at Space Coast Stadium.
With the game tied at one in the bottom of the eighth, Omar Garcia lined a one-out triple to left-center field against Tyler Jay (0-1, 8.10 ERA). With the infield in, Chris McFarland chopped an RBI single over the short stop’s head to give Brevard County a 2-1 lead.
After a grounder moved up McFarland to second, Garrett Cooper lined a base hit into center that scored McFarland and gave Brevard County a two-run advantage.
Trevor Seidenberger, who entered the game in the eighth inning with the score tied, allowed a leadoff single to Alex Swim in the ninth. Seidenberger then retired the next three batters in order to seal the victory. Seidenberger (3-1, 1.35) tossed two shutout innings and fanned three batters to earn the victory.
Cy Sneed did not factor into the decision, despite tossing seven strong innings. He surrendered one run on five hits. He did not walk a batter and struck out six.
Both teams traded runs in the third inning. With runners on the corners and one out, Zack Granite blooped a ball into right field to open the scoring. Tanner Vavra was thrown out at second by right fielder Clint Coulter. Granite was credited with an RBI on the fielder’s choice.
Brevard County responded in the bottom of the frame. Jose Pena doubled with no outs. Angel Ortega then drilled a single up the middle. Garcia legged out an infield single that scored Pena and tied the game. Miracle starter Chih-Wei Hu was able to escape the jam without any further damage.
Hu didn’t receive a decision. He allowed one run on seven hits in six innings.
The Manatees and Miracle will continue the series tomorrow. LHP Wei-Chung Wang (6-2, 4.38 ERA) will start for Brevard County. Fort Myers will send RHP Ryan Eades (6-1, 2.86 ERA) to the hill.
First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m.