Manatees Drop Fourth Straight Game

By  //  August 18, 2012

Jungmann Gets Starting Nod Tonight

CLEARWATER, FLORIDA – The Brevard County Manatees managed just one hit and three base runners total as they were thrashed 11-0 by the Clearwater Threshers on Friday night at Bright House Field for their fourth consecutive loss.

Nick Shaw of Brevard County had Brevard County's lone hit on Friday night against the Clearwater Threshers. (Image courtesy Brevard Country Manatees)

Nick Shaw broke up Clearwater’s no-hitter with a one-out bloop single to center in the bottom of the ninth. Jason Rogers reached on a walk in the fourth and Reggie Keen received a free pass in the sixth to represent the only other Brevard County base runners on the night.

The Manatees (28-26 second half, 57-65 overall) struck out a season-high 16 times, including 12 times in seven innings against Threshers (28-25, 64-55) starter Jesse Biddle. Brevard County’s previous season-high in strikeouts was 15, which occurred just this past Tuesday against Dunedin.

Clearwater jumped out to a 3-0 lead on ‘Tees starter Matt Miller (1-1, 10.00) in the first inning, thanks to two-out RBI singles from Zach Collier and Carlos Alonso. The Threshers scored another run in the third on a sacrifice fly to make it a 4-0 game.

The game unraveled for Miller and the Manatees in the fourth, thanks to a two-out RBI single by the rehabbing Placido Polanco and then the crushing blow being a three-run homer to right by Peter Lavin to make it an 8-0 game.

Miller did not get past the fourth as he had his worst start of the season between both Class-A Wisconsin and Brevard. He allowed ten hits to go along with a season-high eight runs. He walked one and struck out six.

Eric Arnett relieved Miller and allowed two runs in two innings of work including a solo homer to Zach Collier to lead-off the fifth inning. Tommy Toledo pitched the final two innings for the ‘Tees and allowed one run on two hits.

Despite their fourth straight loss, the ‘Tees are still three games back of first place Tampa, but are in fifth place in the North Division.

The Manatees will look to 2011 first round pick Taylor Jungmann (10-6, 3.61) to its losing streak on Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. Jungmann is 2-0 with a 1.31 ERA in three August starts.

Clearwater will counter with Seth Rosin (0-1, 4.50) who is making his second start with the Threshers. Rosin came over to the Phillies organization as part of the Hunter Pence trade with the San Francisco Giants back on July 31.