Brevard County Manatees Lose Wild Game To Bradenton In Extra-Innings 7-6
By Brevard County Manatees // May 15, 2015
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – The Bradenton Marauders (18-16) plated two runs in the 12th inning and survived in the bottom half of the frame in a 7-6 victory over the Brevard County Manatees (15-18) on Thursday at Space Coast Stadium.
With the game tied at five after 11 innings, Wyatt Mathisen singled against Tristan Archer (1-1, 2.84 ERA) to start off the frame. Chris Diaz then sacrificed Mathisen up to second.
Austin Meadows stepped up and hit a sharp liner up the middle. Shortstop Angel Ortega dove and knocked the ball down. Mathisen never stopped running and attempted to score.
Ortega made a weak throw from his knees and Mathisen was called safe on a close play at the plate to give Bradenton the 6-5 lead. Meadows moved up to second on the throw. He finished 5-for-6 on the night with two runs and two RBI. Two batters later, Reese McGuire lined a single to center to plate Meadows and give Bradenton a two-run cushion.
Brett McKinney came on for the save opportunity. Victor Roache greeted him rudely with an opposite field solo home run to right.
It was Roache’s second homer of the night and eighth of the season. McKinney retired Steven Halcomb, Rafael Neda and Cameron Garfield in order to end the game. He recorded his sixth save of the year.
It appeared that the Manatees had won the game in the previous inning. With two on and one out, Taylor Brennan smacked a single to right-center field. Omar Garcia, who had singled to lead off the inning, tried to score the game-winning run. Jose Osuna’s throw was strong and Garcia was called out on a questionable call at the plate.
Garcia was immediately ejected after he was called out. Clint Coulter grounded out to second to end the threat.
Since the Manatees had no position players left, pitcher Scott Lieser played right field in the 12th.
Roache’s first homer of the game forced the extra frames. Trailing by three in the bottom of the eighth, Chris McFarland and Brennan singled with nobody out.
Two batters later, Roach launched a three-run, game-tying home run to right field.
Brevard County opened the scoring in the bottom of the third on an RBI single by Brennan that scored Ortega. Bradenton took a 3-1 lead with a trio of runs in the fourth against starter Wei-Chung Wang. Justin Maffei hit an RBI double, Jacoby Jones recorded an RBI on sac fly and Jose Osuna singled home McGuire. Wang did not factor into the decision. He surrendered five runs – four earned – on eight hits in 6.1 innings. He walked one and struck out six.
The Manatees got a run back in the bottom of fifth on a RBI by McFarland. He finished the game three hits, a walk, a run scored and an RBI.
In the four-game series against Bradenton, he went 11-for-19 with four runs batted in. He raised his average from .268 to .310 in the series.
The Marauders chased Wang in the seventh before scoring two runs to extend the lead to 5-2. After a single and a walk, Stephen Peterson came on in relief of Wang with one out. Meadows and Maffei both delivered RBI singles as Peterson allowed both inherited runners to score. Peterson pitched 3.2 innings and did not give up any runs of his own. Archer allowed just the two 12th-inning runs on four hits in his two innings of relief.
Isaac Sanchez (1-0, 4.56 ERA) received the win, despite a shaky outing. He surrendered the game-tying homer to Roache in the eighth. Overall, he allowed three runs on nine hits and a walk in four innings.
The Manatees will head to Tampa tomorrow to start a three-game series at George M. Steinbrenner Field.
First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. RHP Brandon Woodruff (0-1, 5.54 ERA) will start for the Manatees.
The Yankees will send RHP Gabriel Encinas (0-0, 3.38 ERA) to the hill.