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Brevard Completes Sweep of Daytona with 5-2 Win

May 10, 2014 - Florida State League (FSL) - Brevard County Manatees News Release

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - The Brevard County Manatees wrapped up a four-game sweep of the Daytona Cubs with a 5-2 victory at Radiology Associates Field at Jackie Robinson Ballpark on Saturday night.

Manatees' lefty Hobbs Johnson (3-4, 2.84 ERA) led the charge with career-highs in both strikeouts and innings pitched. The starter fanned nine men and reached the seventh inning for the first time this season before being removed with one out in the frame.

Johnson's crowning moment of the contest came between the fourth and sixth innings. Brevard's starter struck out six out of the seven batters he faced between the final out of the fourth and the end of the sixth. Johnson struck out the side in the sixth to conclude his hot stretch.

In addition to all of the strikeouts, Johnson kept the Cubs off the basepaths throughout his start. He did not walk a batter for the third time this season. The southpaw also allowed just two runs - one earned - on five hits.

Daytona scored both of their runs in Johnson's last inning of work. With the Manatees (20-15) leading 4-0, Albert Almora hit a chopper to third base for an infield single. Bijan Rademacher came up next and roped a double to put the Cubs (10-23) on the board.

Johnson was lifted after recording the first out of the inning and Martin Viramontes came in to pitch. Viramontes nearly got out of the inning, but a two-out ground ball hopped up on shortstop Yadiel Rivera and bounced into center field to score Rademacher. Both runs on the inning were charged to Johnson, but that was all Brevard would allow in the ballgame.

For the second game in a row, the majority of the Manatees' runs were scored in the third inning. Orlando Arcia started the inning with a one-out single to keep his season-best 10-game hit streak alive. Arcia stole second and moved to third on a groundout.

Then with two outs, Michael Reed hit a ground ball to second base that should have gotten Daytona out of the inning. However, Gioskar Amaya booted the ball and Arcia scored the first run of the game.

Arcia's run was not the only casualty of the Amaya error for the Cubs. Cameron Garfield came up with Reed on first and drove a deep fly ball over the scoreboard in left field. The catcher's first home run of the season put Brevard ahead, 3-0 and extended his hitting streak to 10 games.

Saturday also marked the return of Nicky Delmonico and the left-handed hitter made his presence known quickly. In just his second at-bat of the season, Delmonico hit a long home run over the right field wall to lead off the fourth inning. Delmonico also singled two innings prior in his first time up and finished 2-for-4.

Garfield and Delmonico were not the only Manatees to go deep against Daytona pitching. Rivera punctuated Brevard County's sweep of the Cubs with a two-out solo shot in the eighth. The long ball was Rivera's third of the season and the ninth for the Manatees in the month of May, which already matches the team's total from the entire month of April.

After the Rivera home run gave the Manatees a 5-2 edge, Viramontes went back on the hill to work the bottom of the eighth. The right-hander walked one and kept the Cubs off the scoreboard. Viramontes held Daytona scoreless over 1.2 innings and struck out three men before the 'Tees turned to Tanner Poppe in the ninth.

Poppe allowed a two-out single, but nothing more. He shutout the Cubs in the ninth to earn his eighth save of the season. Brevard County's closer now sits second in the Florida State League in that category behind Dunedin's Arik Sikula (10).

The Manatees will enjoy a day off on Mothers' Day, but return to action on Monday night at 6:35 p.m. at Space Coast Stadium. Interdivision action begins in the FSL, as Brevard County hosts the Fort Myers Miracle (20-16) for a four-game set. Tyler Wagner (3-1, 2.03) is slated to start for the 'Tees against Miracle lefty Matt Tomshaw (1-1, 3.12).

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