Marauders Rampage Past Manatees In Bradenton

By  //  July 13, 2012

Fourth Consecutive Defeat

BRADFNTON, FLORIDA After grabbing a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning, the Brevard County Manatees allowed 10 unanswered runs over the next eight innings and was crushed 10-3 by the Bradenton Marauders on Thursday night at McKechnie Field.

Third baseman Mike Walker was 3-for-3 with a double and a run scored in Brevard County's loss at Bradenton on Thursday. (Image courtesy Brevard County Manatees)

It was the fourth consecutive loss for Brevard County.

A two-out single by Hector Gomez in the first plated Jason Rogers and Mike Walker as the Manatees (10-10 second half, 39-49 overall) took the early 2-0 lead.

The Marauders (10-9, 42-49) would get one run back in the second on a RBI single by Kawika Emsley-Pai and then tied the game in the fifth with a RBI single from Mel Rojas.

In the bottom of the sixth, the Marauders touched up Brevard County starter Taylor Jungmann (7-5, 3.59) for four runs on five consecutive two-out singles. Jungmann departed with the ‘Tees down 6-2 as Seth Harvey got the final out of the inning.

The 2011 first round pick allowed a season-high 13 hits – all of them singles – in 5.2 innings of work. Jungmann yielded six runs (five earned), while walking one and fanning one.

After Harvey allowed a run on a wild pitch in the seventh; Thomas Keeling entered the game in the eighth. Keeling allowed three runs, one on a solo homer to Gift Ngoepe and two on a two-out triple to Justin Howard.

Offensively, the Manatees were able to total 10 hits, including four doubles. But Brevard was unable to take advantage of their opportunities as they were 3-for-10 with runners in scoring position and left nine men on base.

Mike Walker was 3-for-3 with a double and a run scored. Both Reggie Keen and Nick Shaw had two hits each, as Keen had two doubles and a RBI.

Brevard County and Bradenton will continue their series on Friday night at 6:30 p.m.

Brooks Hall (3-3, 4.04) will get the ball for the ‘Tees. In his last six starts, Hall is 3-1 with a 3.22 ERA. The Marauders will send Matt Benedict (0-3, 8.27) to the hill.