Brevard Drops Twinbill Opener in Extras
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla.- For the second straight game, the Brevard County Manatees fell victim to a walk-off hit off the bat of Jonathan Quinonez as they fell 2-1 in ten innings to the Charlotte Stone Crabs, in the first game of Monday night's doubleheader at Charlotte Sports Park.
The Stone Crabs' third baseman had already delivered a walk-off hit on Saturday night and he came to the plate with the score tied 1-1 and Marty Gantt on first base. Gantt had worked a one-out walk againstStephen Peterson, to give Quinonez a chance to be the hero for the second straight game. Quinonez did just that, as he roped a double to left-center field to score Gantt with the game-winning run.
Brevard County had taken an early lead thanks toNicky Delmonico. Delmonico led off the second inning by driving a high fly ball over the right field wall to put the 'Tees on top, 1-0.
The Manatees held the lead until the bottom of the fifth, when Charlotte's Maxx Tissenbaum sparked a rally. Tissenbaum ripped a leadoff double to right-center and moved to third on a wild pitch by Brevard County starting pitcherJorge Lopez. Josh Sale then worked a walk to put runners on the corners with nobody out.
Lopez settled down and induced a ground ball double play off the bat of Gantt. However, Tissenbaum came across to score the tying run, to knot the score at 1-1.
That score remained the same until Quinonez's clutch double in the tenth. With the loss, the Manatees have now suffered six walk-off losses this season and have not had a walk-off victory of their own.
Peterson took the loss for the 'Tees. He allowed the one run over 1.1 innings of work. The left-hander struck out one, walked one and allowed a pair of hits.
In the no-decision, Lopez allowed one run on three hits, while walking two and fanning five.
Scott Liesermade his Manatees debut, as well. He pitched a pair of scoreless innings in relief of Lopez. The St. Cloud State product did not allow a hit and struck out two.
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