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Brevard's Bats Silenced in 1-0 Loss to Dunedin

April 18, 2014 - Florida State League (FSL) - Brevard County Manatees News Release

VIERA, Fla. - After a 40 minute rain delay, the Brevard County Manatees' bats were quieted once again in the second game of Friday night's doubleheader as they fell 1-0 in a seven-inning game to the Dunedin Blue Jays at Space Coast Stadium.

The lone run of the game came in the top of the seventh inning as a one out, two-base throwing error by Manatees (9-6) catcher Parker Berberet allowed the go-ahead run to get into scoring position.

With two outs, Emilio Guerrero laced a base hit into left field off Manatees reliever Tommy Toledo to drive in right fielder Marcus Knecht to give Dunedin (13-2) a 1-0 advantage.

The Manatees rallied in the sixth and seventh innings, by getting a runner into scoring position each inning, but were unable to come up with the big hit.

In the sixth, Michael Reed reached base on a walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch by Dunedin reliever Blake McFarland. After a fly out by Victor Roache advanced Reed to third with two outs, Garrett Cooper struck out looking to end the frame.

Second baseman Alfredo Rodriguez started the rally in bottom of the seventh with a broken bat single to left. Third baseman Brandon Macias proceeded to sacrifice pinch-runner Orlando Arcia to second to give Brevard County two chances to drive in the tying run.

However, Dunedin closer Arik Sikula slammed the door with a slew of nasty sliders in the dirt to strike out both Berberet and Jose Sermo swinging, for his Florida State League-leading fifth save of the year.

For both starting pitcher, their nights ended prematurely as driving rain brought the game to a halt for roughly 40 minutes with one out in the top of the fifth inning.

Dunedin's Jesse Hernandez and Brevard County's Chad Pierce were strong in their time on the bump, allowing just three hits apiece. Pierce, who was on the mound when the delay began, was particularly impressive. The recently activated right-hander struck out five and did not walk a batter in 4.1 innings.

The Manatees will look to end the Blue Jays seven-game win streak when the two meet in the series finale on Saturday at 6:35 p.m. at Space Coast Stadium.

The teams will send their two best pitchers, statistically, to mound as right-hander Tyler Wagner (3-0, 1.59) will take the hill for the Manatees against Blue Jays left-hander Matt Boyd (3-0, 0.00).

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