VIERA, Fla. - The Brevard County Manatees were pounded 11-2 by the St. Lucie Mets on Friday night at Space Coast Stadium. The loss is Brevard's third in a row and gives the 'Tees their fourth losing streak of the season of three or more games.
Manatees starting pitcher Taylor Jungmann (2-3, 2.79) struggled with his command as he scattered six hits in 5 1/3 innings, while allowing two runs (one earned). He walked three, fanned four and hit two St. Lucie batters. The 2011 first round draft pick did not factor into the decision and has not won a game since April 10.
The wheels came off for Brevard County (14-21) in the eighth inning. With the game tied 2-2, the Mets scored three, two-out runs on four consecutive singles and a throwing error. The three runs were charged to Greg Holle as he was eventually saddled with the loss.
Things didn't get any better in the top of the ninth as St. Lucie (28-7) pushed six runs across in the inning on four hits and an error off of Casey Medlen and Thomas Keeling. In total, Brevard County's bullpen threw 3 2/3 innings and allowed nine runs - five earned - on eight hits.
Brevard County's only runs came in the form of a pair of RBI singles by Adam Weisenburger in the second inning and Nick Shaw in the fifth inning. Shaw was 2-for-3 on the night with a double.
The Manatees will look to end their slide as they travel to Daytona Beach on Saturday night to take on the Daytona Cubs (12-22) at 7:05 p.m.
Jimmy Nelson (2-2, 2.45) will toe the rubber for the 'Tees. In his last start this past Monday against Palm Beach; Nelson had his shortest outing of the year as he went just four innings. The Cubs are scheduled to send southpaw Austin Kirk (1-0, 1.83) to the hill.