April 5, 2013 - Florida State League (FSL) - Brevard County Manatees
VIERA, Fla. - The Brevard County Manatees home opener was spoiled on Friday night as the 'Tees were shutout by the Daytona Cubs, 8-0 at Space Coast Stadium.
Javier Baez kick started the Daytona (1-1) offense by launching a two-run home run over the left-center field fence in the top of the first inning.Ã¯Â¿Â½ Baez's first home run of the season gave the Cubs an early two run cushion and Daytona never looked back.
Cubs starting pitcher Starling Peralta (0-0, 0.00) didn't allow a hit until the fifth when 'Tees (1-1) shortstop Yadiel Rivera doubled to dead center field. Center fielder Zeke DeVoss almost made an incredible diving over-the-shoulder catch, but couldn't control the ball when he hit the ground.
Peralta's night came to an end with one out in the fifth inning. He allowed no runs on just one hit, walked three and fanned five batters.
DeVoss had a huge night at the plate as well. After he singled and scored in the first, DeVoss connected on a two-run triple to right-center field to extend the Daytona lead to 4-0. He doubled down the right field line in his third at bat, but went 0-for-2 with a walk in his final three plate appearances and finished a home run shy of the cycle. Ã¯Â¿Â½
The bottom third of the Daytona order - LF John Andreoli, C Chad Noble, and 3B Ben Carhart - combined to go 8-for-13 with four runs scored and two RBI. Andreoli and Carhart each had three hits and Noble crushed an RBI triple off the batters' eye in center field in the third inning to extend the Cubs cushion to five. The Cubs smacked 15 hits in total.
Ryan Searle was credited with the win after he tossed 4.2 scoreless innings, gave up just two hits and struck out six.
Brevard County's Drew Gagnon (0-1, 15.00) struggled in his first start of the new season. He was tagged for five runs on eight hits in three-plus innings.
The lone bright spot in the 'Tees batting order came in the form of Chad Stang who notched his second consecutive two-hit game.Ã¯Â¿Â½ Out of the bullpen, Kevin Shackleford, Tommy Toledo and Stephen Peterson all had scoreless outings on the night.
The same two teams will square off again tomorrow night at Jackie Robinson Ballpark in Daytona Beach.Ã¯Â¿Â½ Southpaw Austin Kirk (9-3, 3.12 in 2012) will get the call for the Cubs. He will be opposed by righty Brooks Hall (4-3, 4.33 in 2012) for the Manatees.
First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. and you can hear all the action live on ManateesBaseball.com starting with the Manatees Pregame Show at 6:35 p.m.
The 'Tees return home Sunday evening for a 5:05 p.m. contest to wrap up its four game series with Daytona.