Brevard County Falls To Tampa Yankees

By  //  August 4, 2012

Bradley Tagged With Loss

TAMPA, FLORIDA – A five-run third inning was the demise of the Brevard County Manatees on Friday night as they were defeated 6-2 by the Tampa Yankees in the series opener between the two teams at George M. Steinbrenner Field.

Pitcher Drew Gagnon will start for the Brevard County Manatees against Tampa on Saturday. (Image courtesy Brevard County Manatees)

Down 1-0 after two innings, Manatees starting pitcher Jed Bradley (5-10, 5.53) allowed six hits and two walks in the third inning, including a pair of two-run homers to Kyle Higashioka and Kyle Roller as the ‘Tees (22-20 second half, 51-59 overall) fell behind 6-0.

For Bradley, he went just four innings and allowed six runs on ten hits, while walking two and striking out two. The southpaw has given up at least six runs and ten hits in three of his last four starts and fell to 1-6 with a 10.32 ERA in nine starts away from Space Coast Stadium.

The duo of Seth Harvey and Greg Holle out of Brevard’s bullpen threw two scoreless innings each to give the ‘Tees a chance to get back in the game. The Manatees were unable to do that however as they didn’t get on the board until the top of the seventh when Cody Hawn launched a two-out homer, his tenth of the season.

Jason Rogers and Franklin Romero Jr. added two hits each for the ‘Tees who dropped to four games back of the first place Yankees (26-16, 56-53).

The ‘Tees will give the ball to Drew Gagnon (0-1, 3.50) on Saturday evening at 5:00 p.m. in the second game of their three-game set with the Yanks. Gagnon has already had two starts against Tampa this season and has a 2.25 ERA in 12 innings pitched in those two appearances.

Jose A. Ramirez (5-5, 3.79) will get the start for Tampa. He is 3-1 with a 2.87 ERA in the second half of the season.