Ninth-Inning Rally Falls Short against Mets
VIERA, Fla. -The Brevard County Manatees finally broke out their bats in the ninth inning, but it turned out to be too little, too late in a 3-2 loss to the St. Lucie Mets on Wednesday night at Space Coast Stadium.
Brevard County (26-25) entered the inning trailing 3-0, but the 'Tees rallied quickly against Mets closer Randy Fontanez.Tyrone Taylordelivered a one-out single and thenNicky Delmonicodrilled a double to right-center field, to score Taylor and cut the Manatees' deficit to two runs.
AfterCameron Garfieldflied out to center for the second out of the inning,Alfredo Rodriguezdelivered. His RBI single scored Delmonico and pulled the 'Tees within one run.
Rodriguez carried the tying run on first base and the Manatees' chances rested on the shoulders ofYadiel Rivera. The second baseman battled against Fontanez, but ultimately grounded out to third for the final out of the ballgame. In the process, Fontanez nailed down his seventh save of the season.
St. Lucie (31-21) starter Domingo Tapia earned the win after pitching seven scoreless innings. Tapia (2-4, 3.74 ERA) surrendered just three hits, walked three and struck out one to pick up his first win in seven starts. The right-hander only allowed two men to reach scoring position all night.
St. Lucie struck early against Manatees' starting pitcherHobbs Johnson. Brandon Nimmo got the Mets going in the first inning with a one-out single. After Gilbert Gomez walked, Jairo Perez drove in both men with a single to put the Mets on top, 2-0.
The Mets did not score again until the fourth inning. Perez hit a leadoff single and Aderlin Rodriguez reached on a one-out fielding error by Johnson. A wild pitch moved both runners into scoring position and Eudy Pina drove in Perez with a sacrifice fly to left field.
Johnson (4-6, 2.95) settled down, but ultimately took the loss. The left-hander retired the final seven men he faced to finish on a high note. In the end, Johnson allowed three runs - two earned - over six innings on just four hits. He struck out five and walked two in a tough-luck defeat.
The 'Tees and Mets shift their series to St. Lucie for Thursday and Friday. First pitch on Thursday is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Tradition Field. Brevard County is expected to start Tyler Wagner(3-3, 2.05) against St. Lucie's Luis Cessa (3-3, 3.40). Ã¢=80- -- Like the Manatees on Facebook and follow the Manatees on both Twitter and Instagram!
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