JUPITER, Fla. - The Brevard County Manatees snapped a season-high five-game losing streak with a 5-3 win over the Jupiter Hammerheads on Monday night at Roger Dean Stadium.
After scoring nine runs and talling 15 hits on Sunday, the Manatees (16-19 second half, 53-49 overall) brought their bats with them in the series opener with the Hammerheads (18-19, 54-51) as they recorded 12 hits.
The 'Tees scored the first run of the game in the first inning on a Mitch Haniger ground out that plated Yadiel Rivera.
Brevard added two more in the second on back-to-back, two-out RBI hits as Ben McMahan's double and D'Vontrey Richardson's single gave the Manatees a 3-0 lead. The single for Richardson extended his hitting streak to seven games.
Manatees starting pitcher Tyler Cravy (3-1, 2.56 ERA) held the Hammerheads scoreless in his outing, but went just four innings. Cravy allowed three hits and three walks, while fanning two.
Matt Miller came on in the fifth and made the game interesting in his three innings of work. He allowed two hits, walked five and hit four batters but was able to escape the three frames with just two runs allowed.
Miller and the Manatees benefitted from two double plays in those three innings. The biggest came in the fifth with the bases loaded and no outs as Yordy Cabrera grounded into a 3-2-3 double play. The second came in the sixth as Ryan Goetz drew a lead-off walk and then Austin Nola grounded into a 5-4-3 double play.
The 'Tees came up big with two outs once again in the seventh as Nick Delmonico and Cameron Garfield both had two-out RBI singles to give Brevard County a 5-1 lead. Both Delmonico and Garfield had two hits each.
Tommy Toledo threw the final two frames and allowed an unearned run in the ninth, but with the tying run at the plate and one out, Ryan Goetz grounded into a 3-6-3 double play to end the game.
Brevard County and Jupiter will square off once again on Tuesday night with first pitch scheduled for 6:35 p.m.
Chad Pierce (5-4, 3.53) will toe the rubber for the 'Tees, while the Hammerheads will call on Jose Urena (9-6, 3.93) for the start.