VIERA, Fla. - David Goforth's seven innings of one-hit ball highlighted the Brevard County Manatees' 5-0 shutout of the Tampa Yankees on Thursday night at Space Coast Stadium.
In four of his seven starts this season, Goforth (2-4, 3.41) has not allowed an earned run. It was his longest start of the season and it was the third time in his career that he has allowed just one hit in a start.
In his first start of the season after five relief appearances, Tampa's Sean Black went four perfect innings but did not factor into the decision. Joel De La Cruz (1-2) hit Brandon Macias in the fifth to break up the combined perfecto and then didn't allow a hit until the seventh.
Cameron Garfield broke up the no-hitter with a one-out double and then scored the first run of the game on a RBI single from Cody Hawn.
After a perfect top of the eighth with two strikeouts for Francisco Rodriguez, Brevard's (18-16) bats added extra insurance with four runs in the home half.
Yadiel Rivera and Lance Roenicke had back-to-back hits to start the inning against Zach Arneson then with one out T.J. Mittelstaedt was intentionally walked to load the bases. Greg Hopkins made Tampa (14-19) pay by floating a single that landed just inside the chalk down the right field line that plated Rivera.
Then with two outs, Garfield doubled for the second time in as many innings to bring in Mittelstaedt and make it 4-0. Hopkins then scored on a wild pitch by Arneson.
Dan Meadows came on for the ninth inning and locked down the fourth shutout of the season for the Manatees.
Brevard County will send southpaw Brent Suter (2-0, 2.13) to the mound in the second game of the series tomorrow, while Tampa's Scottie Allen (3-1, 4.75) will toe the rubber for the visitors, for a 6:35 p.m. first pitch.