Manatees Shutout Jupiter Hammerheads

By  //  August 2, 2012

Moye Starts This Evening

BREVARD COUNTY • VIERA, FLORIDA – Taylor Jungmann threw seven scoreless innings and Shea Vucinich drove in both Brevard County runs as the Manatees recorded their ninth shutout of the season by blanking the Jupiter Hammerheads 2-0 on Wednesday night at Space Coast Stadium.

Shea Vucinich drove in two runs as Brevard County shutout Jupiter 2-0 at Space Coast Stadium on Wednesday. (Image courtesy Brevard County Manatees)

Jungmann (9-6, 3.79) had one of his best starts of the season as he yielded just five hits and walked one batter, while striking out seven and retiring ten of the last 12 batters that he faced. He improved to 6-1 with a 2.18 ERA in 11 starts at Space Coast Stadium this season.

Brevard County’s (22-18 second half, 51-57 overall) first run came in the bottom of the third on a RBI single off the bat of Vucinich which scored Franklin Romero Jr. Romero Jr. reached base two batters earlier, on a two-out double which was the only extra-base hit of the game for either team.

The ‘Tees other run came in the fifth inning when Vucinich drove in Romero Jr. with another two-out RBI single. The inning started with Juan Sanchez reaching on an error and then Romero Jr. reached on a fielder’s choice that retired Sanchez. Romero Jr. would then get into scoring position by stealing second and then came home on Vucinich’s hit.

Alan Williams relieved Jungmann in the eighth and after getting the first two outs of the inning; he hit a batter and walked two Hammerheads (18-20, 54-54) in a row to load the bases. Casey Medlen was then brought in for the four-out save and he was able to leave them loaded in the eighth as he induced a ground out from pinch hitter Jacob Realmuto to end the threat and the inning.

Medlen then set Jupiter down in order in the ninth, including two via the strikeout, to notch his 17th save of the season. He has converted his last seven save opportunities, dating back to July 14th.

Offensively, both Vucinich and Mike Walker had two hits each. Both infielders have been hot at the plate lately as Vucinich is hitting .318 in his last five games, while Walker is batting .389 in his last five games.

Brevard County will look for the series victory in the finale of their four-game set with Jupiter on Thursday at 6:35 p.m.

The reigning Florida State League Pitcher of the Week, Andy Moye (5-2, 4.69) will toe the slab for the ‘Tees. He threw seven shutout innings and allowed just two base runners on one hit and one walk, while fanning five hitters against Fort Myers last Saturday.

Robert Morey (5-2, 4.26) will get the ball for the Hammerheads. He has given up no fewer than three earned runs in four of his last five starts and has a 6.65 ERA on the road.