Manatees Tally Three Hits in Shutout Loss to Jupiter
VIERA, Fla. - The Brevard County Manatees had trouble manufacturing offense against Austin Brice and the Jupiter Hammerheads in a 5-0 loss on Wednesday night at Space Coast Stadium.
Brice (7-7, 3.92 ERA) held the Manatees (19-16 second half, 55-46 overall) to just three hits in 5.1 innings. The starting pitcher exhibited some control problems with four walks, but struck out three and did not allow a run in the winning effort.
Brevard County threatened a handful of times, but never got a runner to third base. The best chance for the 'Tees came in the fifth when Alfredo Rodriguez hit a one out single. Rodriguez was thrown out trying to steal second, but Brandon Macias worked a two out walk and moved to second on a wild pitch. Nathan Orf then got a hold of a pitch from Brice, but it fell into the glove of left fielder Matt Juengel a couple of feet in front of the wall.
The 'Tees had another opportunity to score in the sixth, as Brice issued back-to-back one-out walks to Tyrone Taylor and Michael Reed. The Manatees' threat was short lived, however.
Righty Blake Logan came into the game for Jupiter (11-27, 38-69) and retired the next two 'Tees to end the frame. He and Sean Donatello combined for 3.2 hitless and scoreless innings to seal the win for the Hammerheads.
Jupiter scored early against Manatees starter Damien Magnifico. The Hammerheads had Avery Romero on third base with one out in the second inning and Cody Keefer at the plate. Brevard County pulled the infield in and Keefer hit a slow grounder to third. Macias fielded the ball, but his only play was to first base. Romero scored on the RBI ground out to put Jupiter ahead, 1-0.
Sharif Othman added to the Hammerheads' lead in the fifth. After Magnifico (7-6, 3.90 ERA) gave up a one out walk to Noah Perio, Othman lifted a high fly ball over the right field wall to extend the Hammerheads' advantage to 3-0.
Colin Moran made Brevard's deficit worse in the sixth. The left-handed hitter led off with a deep drive that cleared the yellow line on the right-center field wall. Romero added a run later in the inning when he ripped an RBI single to left that brought Juengel home and put Jupiter up, 5-0.
Magnifico took his first loss since July 7. The righty gave up all five Jupiter runs over 5.1 innings. Magnifico surrendered six hits, walked two and did not strike out a batter.
The Manatees are 2-1 in the first three games of this series against Jupiter and will go for the series win on Thursday night at Space Coast Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. Jorge Lopez (8-6, 4.29 ERA) is slated to start for Brevard County against Scott Lyman (4-8, 3.06 ERA).
For more information on the Brevard County Manatees, call (321) 633-9200 or go online to ManateesBaseball.com. Also, don't forget to like the Manatees on Facebook and follow the Manatees both on Twitter and Instagram.
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