Charlotte Stone Crabs closer Brad Schreiber saved a 3-2 victory for his club Wednesday, despite allowing two runs against the Brevard County Manatees on Wednesday in their final at bat. He had allowed two runs all season, coming into the game and struggled some in the ninth, but he escaped with his 11th save and handed the Manatees their fourth consecutive loss.
The Manatees (18-27) have run into some great pitching recently and Wednesday was no exception. Stone Crabs starter Jacob Faria (8-1) was the main reason the Manatees had to wait until the ninth inning to get anything going offensively. He was dominant through seven innings, allowing no runs on four hits. He walked one and struck out six on just 81 pitches.
Meanwhile, Brevard County starter Brandon Woodruff (1-2) pitched very well, outside of the fourth inning. Charlotte loaded the bases with nobody out. After a force play at home earned Woodruff the first out, Pat Blair singled to make it 1-0 and Yoel Araujo’s sacrifice fly, made it 2-0.
Considering the capabilities of the high-powered Charlotte offense, the fact that Woodruff was able to get out of the inning allowing just the two runs, was quite impressive. Unfortunately, the big bats in the Manatees lineup were held at bay for much of the night, with Clint Coulter and Victor Roache each striking out three times.
Woodruff lasted six innings, allowing two earned runs on six hits. He walked one and struck out two. He was relieved by Tyler Spurlin to start the seventh. He allowed one hit and struck out one in his inning of work.
Charlotte (32-14) got a much needed insurance run in the top of the eighth against Manny Barreda. Willy Adames hit his second double of the game with one out. Manatees’ catcher Paul Eshleman tried to pick Adames off at third and the throw got away, resulting in an error and allowing him to move to third. He scored moments later on a Jake Bauers single. That gave the visitors a 3-0 lead.
Brevard County managed just four hits prior to the ninth inning rally. Coulter got the things started with a one out walk. He went to second on defensive indifference and advanced to third when Schreiber threw a wild pitch with Roache batting. Roache ended up striking out later in the at bat, for the second out of the inning.
Taylor Brennan then drew a walk, putting runners at the corners. Garrett Cooper followed with an RBI single, scoring Coulter and cutting the deficit to 3-1. Jose Pena was next and he lined a single to right, scoring Brennan and making it 3-2. Eshleman came to the plate with a chance to be a hero, but he grounded to second to end the game.
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The Manatees will try to right the ship on Thursday, in game three of the series at Space Coast Stadium. Javi Salas (3-3, 2.61 ERA) will take the mound for the Manatees, against German Marquez (3-2, 2.48). Game time is set for 6:35 p.m.