Brevard County Surrenders Five-Runs In Ninth Inning Against Yankees, Falls 6-2

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The Tampa Yankees (16-14) exploded for five runs in the top of ninth inning against the Brevard County Space Explorers (14-15) en route to a 6-2 win on Saturday Night at Space Coast Stadium. (Image for SpaceCoastDaily)

BREVARD COUNTY • VIERA, FLORIDA – The Tampa Yankees (16-14) exploded for five runs in the top of ninth inning against the Brevard County Space Explorers (14-15) en route to a 6-2 win on Saturday Night at Space Coast Stadium.

With the Space Explorers leading 2-1, Kaleb Earls (0-1, 4.91 ERA) was summoned from the bullpen to try to close the game out. Abiatal Avelino started the frame with a single to left field.

After showing bunt, Tyler Wade then blooped a double down the left field line to move Avelino over to third. Miguel Andujar, the number three hitter, made his way to the plate. On a 3-0 pitch, Andujar crushed a three-run home run onto the left field berm deck and gave the Yankees their first lead of the night, 4-2.

Tampa was not done, however. Two batters later, Danny Oh doubled into the right-center field gap.

After a Michael O’Neill strike out, Ericson Leonora was hit by a pitch. The night was over for Earls as Scott Lieser came on in relief. His first pitch was wild and to the backstop. Oh scored from third to extend the Tampa lead to three. O’Neill took second on the wild pitch. Wes Wilson completed the scoring with an RBI single to right field that plated O’Neill.

When the inning was over, the Yankees had scored five runs on four hits and turned a one run deficit into a four run advantage.

Earls was hit with the blown save and the loss. He surrendered five runs on four hits in 0.2 innings.

The Space Explorers were limited to just two hits on the night, but never trailed until the ninth inning.

Angel Ortega
Angel Ortega

Brevard County originally opened the scoring in the third. Angel Ortega drew a leadoff walk.

With one out, Chris McFarland singled to right to put runners on the corners.

Taylor Brennan
Taylor Brennan

Taylor Brennan then lifted a sacrifice fly to center field to score Ortega. It was Brennan’s 12th RBI of the year.

The Yankees would tie the game in the top of the fourth on an RBI double by Michael O’Neill, but the Space Explorers immediately answered in the bottom of the frame. With one out, Garrett Cooper walked. Rafael Neda stepped up and singled through the hole on the left side to move Cooper up to second.

The next batter, Jose Pena, lifted a high fly ball into left field that was dropped by Leonora.

It appeared Leonora had trouble locating the ball and each runner moved up 90 feet to load the bases with one out.

Ortega bounced a grounder to third, but beat the throw on the attempted around-the-horn double play. Cooper scored on the fielder’s choice to give Brevard County the 2-1 lead.

Brandon Woodruff
Brandon Woodruff

Brevard County starter Brandon Woodruff battled the entire night, but ended up with a no-decision. He tossed just 4.2 innings, thanks in largely to a 5th inning 16-pitch at-bat from Wade, which resulted in one of Woodruff’s three strikeouts. Woodruff allowed one run on four hits and walked five.

Preston Gainey pitched two scoreless relief innings. He allowed three hits and fanned two. Gainey has not allowed a run in his first eight appearances and 13.2 innings of the season.

Conor Mullee (1-1, 2.13 ERA) was credited with the win. He pitched a perfect 1.2 innings with two strikeouts.

The loss marked the first time in 2015 that Brevard County lost a game when leading after eight innings. They were 11-0 entering Saturday. Despite the loss, the Space Explorers still recorded the series win, taking two of three games from the Yankees.

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Tomorrow is a league-wide off day for Mother’s Day.

The Manatees return to action on Monday night when they will host the Bradenton Marauders at Space Coast Stadium.

First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. RHP Javi Salas (3-2, 3.00 ERA) is scheduled to start Monday’s game. He will be opposed by LHP Cody Dickson (2-3, 2.97 ERA).