Big Seventh Inning Leads 'Tees to 2-0 Win
JUPITER, Fla. - With no score going into seventh inning, the Brevard County Manatees rallied for the games only runs in a 2-0 victory over the Jupiter Hammerheads on Saturday night at Roger Dean Stadium.
With one out in the inning, Alfredo Rodriguez lifted a fly ball down the right field line. Jupiter right fielder Jesus Solorzano hustled towards the foul line and made a feet-first, sliding attempt to try and make the catch. The ball dropped in front of him and Rodriguez would motor into second with his second double of the year and second hit of the night.
Rodriguez advanced to third on a Garrett Cooper fly out to right, which then brought up Yadiel Rivera with two outs. After struggling at the plate at the beginning of the year, Rivera came through with his second big hit in as many nights. The shortstop roped a double into the right field corner, to score Rodriguez with ease and give Brevard (22-18) a 1-0 lead.
Nathan Orf, who had already singled and reached on an error, followed by lining a single to center to bring home Rivera and push Brevard County's lead to two.
Those two runs would be all that the Manatees needed as their pitching shutout the Hammerheads' bats for the second consecutive evening.
'Tees starter Hobbs Johnson (4-4, 2.45 ERA), who was coming off a career-high in innings pitched and strikeouts last Saturday in Daytona, battled through a shaky first inning to hold Jupiter (19-23) scoreless over six innings. The University of North Carolina product allowed five hits, two walks, and struck out five for his second consecutive victory.
Johnson gave way to Martin Viramontes was just as impressive in relief. Viramontes picked up his first save of the season as he allowed just one hit, one walk and struck out three in three innings of work. Those two base runners reached in the ninth inning as the Viramontes forced the sixth overall pick in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, Colin Moran, to fly out to left to end the ball game.
Combined, Johnson and Viramontes held the Hammerheads hitless with runners in scoring position (0-for-6) and did not allow a single base runner to reach third base.
Jupiter wasted another stellar performance by right-hander Trevor Williams, who came into tonight a winner in his last four starts. Williams threw six scoreless innings and allowed four hits, while walking two and striking out four.
Left-handed reliever Frankie Reed surrendered both of the Manatees' runs in the seventh inning. Reed issued three hits and struck out one without walking a batter in two innings of relief.
The Manatees will try to take the series against the Hammerheads on Sunday afternoon with first pitch scheduled for 1:05 p.m. Brevard County will call on right-hander Tyler Wagner (3-2, 1.80), who is looking for his first victory since April 14. Righty Scott Hodges (0-4, 8.61), who has surrendered at least five runs in six of his eight outings, will get the start for Jupiter.
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