JUPITER, Fla. - The Brevard County Manatees rallied to salvage a series split with the Jupiter Hammerheads as they took Thursday's series finale, 5-4 in ten innings at Roger Dean Stadium.
The Manatees (17-21 second half, 54-51 overall) could not solve Jupiter (20-20, 56-52) starting pitcher Angel Sanchez as he blanked the 'Tees for 6.2 innings. He allowed two hits and two walks, while striking out five.
With Brevard County down 3-0 after seven innings, their bats started to get going against Hammerheads reliever Kevin Cravey. T.J. Mittelstaedt led off the eighth with a walk and then after back-to-back singles from D'Vontrey Richardson and Yadiel Rivera, with Rivera's hit bringing home Mittelstaedt.
Cravey was pulled from the game and the next Jupiter pitcher out of the bullpen did not fare much better as Nick Wittgren allowed back-to-back RBI singles to Nick Ramirez and Mitch Haniger to allow the 'Tees to tie the game at 3-3.
Jupiter had also scored all three of their runs in one inning against Brevard County starting pitcher Jacob Barnes (6-5, 3.24 ERA) in the third.
A one-out double with the bases loaded from Noah Perio plated two runs and then Austin Barnes brough home another run on a sacrifice fly. Two of those runs were unearned though thanks to an error by Greg Hopkins earlier in the inning.
Overall, Barnes went 6.2 innings and gave up just the three runs (one earned) on six hits. He walked just two and fanned five Jupiter hitters.
The game went into extra innings with Hopkins attoning for his error back in the third inning. His two-out RBI single to center put the Manatees up 4-3. Rafael Neda followed with a RBI single of his own to left to provide an insurance run that would prove to be very important.
Tommy Toledo came on in the bottom of the tenth for the save and retired the first two batters of the inning. He then allowed a double to Ryan Fisher and then Ryan Rieger drew a walk.
Yordy Cabrera then worked a full count and reached on an infield chopper that ate up Nick Delmonico at third base to load the bases and put the winning run on.
Ryan Goetz then stepped in and delivered a single to left that scored Fisher and Rieger came around from second to try and score the tying run but was thrown out by Mittelstaedt at the plate to end the game.
Richardson went 3-for-5 at the plate to extend his hitting streak to ten games. Neda also had two hits on the night.
The Manatees will continue their eight-game road trip with the first of four games against the Charlotte Stone Crabs in Port Charlotte, beginning on Friday night. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.