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Brevard Cools Dunedin's Bats in 5-2 Win

April 11, 2014 - Florida State League (FSL) - Brevard County Manatees News Release

DUNEDIN, Fla. - Starting pitcher Jed Bradley allowed one run in five innings of work as the Brevard County Manatees shut down the hottest hitting team in the Florida State League in a 5-2 win over the Dunedin Blue Jays on Friday night at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium.

Bradley (1-1, 7.71 ERA) went five innings and allowed just four hits, while striking out six. Of his six K's, four were against Dwight Smith, Jr., who entered the game with a .469 average and no strikeouts through 32 at-bats.

Very seldom did Bradley have to work out of trouble. In the game's opening frame, Bradley struck out Smith, and then surrendered a double to Dalton Pompey. The Manatees' (6-2) southpaw settled down, however, as he induced a ground ball back to the mound for the second out. Pompey stole third with two outs, but Bradley escaped the inning with a fly out to left field.

Dunedin's (6-2) only run off of Bradley came in the third. With two outs and runners on first and second, Matt Newman came through with a single to score Christian Lopes.

Bradley exited the game with a 4-1 lead, thanks to some early offense from the 'Tees. Brevard County struck twice in the first inning off a throwing error and a wild pitch. Then, in the second inning, Mike Garza hit a run-scoring triple and Tyrone Taylor delivered an RBI single.

Jacob Barnes took the baton from Bradley in the sixth. He struck out three men over a pair of innings and gave up just two hits. One of those hits, however, was a solo home run by Emilio Guerrero. The homer represented the first run that Barnes had given up in 2014.

Following Barnes, Tanner Poppe closed the door in the eighth and ninth. Poppe entered the game with a 5-2 lead after Cameron Garfield's RBI single in the top of the eighth scored Taylor. The closer then came in and surrendered one hit and struck out a pair to earn his third save of the season.

Taylor again had a big day at the plate. He led the Manatees with a 3-for-4 night that included an RBI and two runs scored. The center fielder also notched his MiLB-leading eighth double of the season.

First pitch for the middle game of the three-game series is slated for 6:30 p.m. on Saturday. The 'Tees are expected to throw right-hander Jorge Lopez (1-0, 5.40) against the lefty Daniel Norris for Dunedin.

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