The Brevard County Manatees traveled to Clearwater Thursday to start a series against the Clearwater Threshers. It was a pitchers’ duel between Cy Sneed and Yacksel Rios (6-3) for five innings, but the Threshers broke it open late, winning 11-1. The onslaught was highlighted by a seven-run seventh frame.
Brevard County (22-30, 51-70 overall) was shut out twice Wednesday, in a doubleheader sweep in Daytona and Rios added to their misery Thursday. He threw six shutout innings, allowing three hits and striking out five. He threw 80 pitches – including 52 for strikes. Two of the three hits came off the bat of Manatees’ right fielder Clint Coulter.
Clearwater (34-20, 71-53 overall) got on the board in the board in the second inning. Rhys Hoskins led off with a triple that hit high off the right field wall. Sneed got the next two outs, but an infield single by Chace Numata, giving the Threshers a 1-0 lead.
The score stayed that way until the sixth, when the Threshers scored three runs, in what turned out to be Sneed’s last inning. Hoskins led off with a walk and went to third on an Aaron Brown single. Numata plated them both with a two-run single, making it 3-0. A single by Mitch Walding moved Numata to third and he scored a bit later when Walding was caught stealing second. That made it a 4-0 game.
Sneed (3-3) left after six innings of work, allowing four runs on seven hits. He walked three and struck out four. He was relieved by Stephen Peterson in the seventh and that’s when the nightmare started for Brevard County.
The Threshers struck for seven runs in the seventh. They hit three doubles and were helped by three Manatees errors. Hoskins had an RBI double with two outs, making it a 5-0 lead. Andrew Pullin reached on an error by Peterson, allowing another run to score. A double by Brown made it 7-0 and a two-run double by Numata made it 8-0. It was his fourth RBI of the game. Two batters later, Malquin Canelo knocked in another run and Jesmuel Valentin’s two-run triple capped the big inning for the Threshers, who led 11-0 at that point.
Kaleb Earls came on to retire the final batter in the seventh, as Peterson was victimized by his defense. Of the seven runs the Threshers scored against Peterson, only one of them was earned.
Brevard County avoided their third shutout in two nights when Omar Garcia singled home Steven Halcomb, who drew a two out walk earlier in the inning. That erased the shutout, but unfortunately, didn’t erase the misery of the prior two innings that saw the Threshers score a combined 10 runs.
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The series continues Friday night with a 6:30 first pitch at Bright House Field. David Whitehead will pitch for Clearwater, against Johnny Hellweg, who will toe the rubber for the Manatees.