Jupiter Stun 'Tees in Walk-Off Fashion, 3-2
JUPITER, Fla. - After the Brevard County Manatees missed an opportunity to take the lead in the top of the inning, Ryan Goetz delivered a walk-off, RBI single in the Jupiter Hammerheads, 3-2 victory at Roger Dean Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Josh Adams led off the frame for Jupiter by serving the first pitch of the inning from Chad Pierce into center field for a single. Noah Perio sacrificed him to second on a bunt, to put a runner in scoring position with one out.
Blake Barber would come in to pinch-run for the catcher Adams and advance to third base on a wild pitch by Pierce. With the infield in, Goetz served a blooper into shallow left field to score Barber and give the Hammerheads (20-23) the walk-off win.
The Manatees (22-19) had a chance to grab the lead in the top of the ninth as Jupiter reliever Reid Redman, who would go on to pick up the victory, plunked Tyrone Taylor to start the inning. With one out, Alfredo Rodriguez lined a single to right to put runners at first and second.
After a wild pitch by Redman advanced both runners to second and third, the righty settled down. Redman retired Victor Roache on a pop out to short and got Yadiel Rivera to hit a lazy fly ball to center to keep the game tied.
Jupiter jumped out to an early lead by picking up two runs in the first. After Manatees starter Tyler Wagner (3-2, 1.76 ERA) struck out Jesus Solorzano to begin the game, but then the wheels fell off for Brevard County defensively.
Terrence Dayleg hit a chopper out in front of home plate, however Wagner and catcher Parker Berberet could not decide on who was going to field the ball. Berberet finally took charge, but bobbled the ball and Dayleg reached on the error.
Matt Juengel followed by hitting a sharp ground ball to third. Nicky Delmonico could not corral it as the ball kicked off the heel of his glove and down the left field line. Both he and Rivera chased after the ball, which had rolled into foul territory, leaving no one to cover third base. That allowed Dayleg and Juengel to advance to second and third with the heart of the order due up.
Unlike the first two games of the series, the Hammerheads came through with runners in scoring position. On three pitches, Viosergy Rosa and Colin Moran roped RBI singles to right and left field, respectively, to give Jupiter and early 2-0 advantage.
That was all Wagner surrendered as the right-hander was saddled with another no decision. He allowed just those two runs - one earned - on four hits, walked one and struck out three over six innings of work.
Brevard County would find a way to chip away at the lead. In the fourth inning, Taylor led off by smacking his Professional Baseball-leading 20th double of the year down the left field line. Taylor then came across to score on a pair of ground outs by Delmonico and Rodriguez to cut the Jupiter lead in half.
The Manatees were able to finally tie the game in the seventh inning off Hammerheads' starter Josh Hodges (0-4, 7.69). After Rodriguez was hit by a pitch with one out, Roache grounded one down the third base line. The ball kicked off the bag and caromed towards the Jupiter bullpen. Rodriguez was able to hustle home from first to score the game-tying run as Roache rolled into second base with the RBI double, his third hit of the game.
Much like Wagner, those were the only two runs Hodges would allow. The right-hander, who had surrendered at least five runs in six of eight outings entering this afternoon, put together arguably his best start of the season. Hodges went a season-high seven innings, allowed four hits, walked one and struck out two, while lowering his ERA almost a full run.
Brevard County will look to take the series tomorrow morning when they wrap up their four-game series against Jupiter with first pitch scheduled for 10:35 a.m.
The Manatees will rely upon righty Damien Magnifico (2-3, 2.90) to get the team back on the winning track. Jupiter will call on fellow right-hander Scott Lyman (3-2, 1.80), who is seventh in the Florida State League in earned run average.
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