Brevard Manatees Make Quick Comeback Against Palm Beach 7-2
By Brevard County Manatees // June 9, 2015
BREVARD COUNTY • VIERA, FLORIDA – The Brevard County Manatees (25-31) scored seven consecutive runs to cruise past the Palm Beach Cardinals (26-31) 7-2 on Monday night at Roger Dean Stadium.
Trailing 2-0 in the fifth inning, the Brevard County offense exploded for a four-run frame. Cameron Garfield singled on a liner to center to lead things off.
After a force out on a bunt attempt by Angel Ortega, Omar Garcia singled to center. With two on and one out, Chris McFarland laced a single to left to score Ortega.
Garcia moved up to second on the hit. Taylor Brennan then doubled to left to tie the game at two.
With runners on second and third, Clint Coulter doubled home both McFarland and Brennan. The Manatees led, 4-2.
The Manatees scored three more in the sixth. Garrett Cooper doubled to left to leadoff the frame. Garfield then reached on an infield single to put runners on first and second with nobody out.
The single ended starting pitcher Will Anderson’s night. Silfredo Garcia was summoned from the bullpen. Ortega sacrificed both runners up 90 feet.
Garcia then grounded a single up the middle to plate Cooper and Garfield. With McFarland at the dish, Garcia stole second. It was his 20th stolen base of the season, which ranks third in the Florida State League. McFarland lined a singled to center. Garcia scored from second and the Manatees led, 7-2. Anderson (1-3, 4.46 ERA) was saddled with the loss after he surrendered six runs on nine hits in five-plus innings of work.
Javi Salas (5-4, 2.60 ERA) earned the win. He gave up just two runs on six hits and a walk. The righty fanned four. The only runs Salas allowed came on a fourth-inning two-run single by Casey Turgeon.
Mark Williams finished the game off with two scoreless innings of relief. He allowed just one base runner and retired the final six men he faced. Williams lowered his ERA to 0.84 on the season.
McFarland finished 3-for-5 on the night with a run scored and two RBI. He also recorded his 11th stolen base of the season.
The Manatees and Cardinals will continue the series tomorrow at Roger Dean Stadium.
First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m.