Daytiona Cubs Shut Out Manatees

By  //  April 8, 2013

Brevard County Now 1-3 On Season

BREVARD COUNTY • VIERA, FLORIDA – Following an 8-0 loss in the home opener, the Brevard County Manatees were blanked 9-0 on their home turf by the Daytona Cubs on Sunday evening at Space Coast Stadium in Viera.

Pitcher David Goforth allowed just two hits and a walk with three strikeouts in five scoreless innings against Daytona on Sunday. (Image courtesy of Brevard County Manatees)

The first five innings blew by with only minor threats in the second for both teams. Daytona (3-1) loaded the bases with nobody out in the second inning, but ‘Tees (1-3) starter David Goforth induced a shallow fly to center and a 4-6-3 double play to get out of the jam. In the bottom half of the second, consecutive errors had runners on the corners with two outs but P.J. Francescon notched his second strikeout of the inning to close out the scoring opportunity.

Francescon matched Starling Peralta’s effort from Friday night, carrying a no-hitter into the fifth. Yadiel Rivera was again the man to break it up, this time on a bunt single. The starter ended up only allowing that hit plus one walk, striking out six for the win as he finally got the run support he needed in the sixth.

After Kevin Shackelford came on in relief of Goforth and sat Tim Saunders down looking, he surrendered five straight hits including a Jorge Soler home run and a John Andreoli triple.

A line of relievers followed with Chad Pierce surrendering a run on three walks and no hits. Micah Gibbs took Tommy Toledo deep over the right field foul pole in the eighth inning and Seth Harvey surrendered three runs in the ninth.

The best chance for the Brevard County’s bats came in the seventh, when the bases were loaded with one out. Daytona reliever Yeiper Castillo would get out of the jam as he struck out Chad Stang and forced Brandon Macias to fly out to right.

David Goforth had a stellar Manatees debut, allowing just two hits and a walk with three strikeouts in five scoreless innings.

With a league-wide off day on Monday, the Manatees won’t return to the field until they travel to Joker Marchant Stadium to take on the Lakeland Flying Tigers (2-2) on Tuesday night at 6:35 p.m. Southpaw Jed Bradley (0-0, 4.50) will make his second start of the season for the ‘Tees against right-hander Kevin Eichhorn for Lakeland.

Both Tuesday’s game and Wednesday’s game against the Flying Tigers will be broadcast on, with pregame coverage starting 30 minutes before first pitch.