Thursday, September 6, 2007

Manatees bouce back, Snappers blank Swing

Cole Gillespie

St. Lucie 6 at Brevard County 7

W: K. Roberts (1-0, 0.00); L: J. Hietpas (0-1, 7.71)
HR: BRE: C. Errecart (1).

Brevard County rallied back at Spacecoast Stadium to tie the Eastern Divsion finals at one game each with the St. Lucie Mets. Lorenzo Cain was hit by a pitch to force in a run, tying the game. Mat Gamel then singled in Fredy Parejo to put the Manatees on top.

St. Lucie let through most of the game. An Ender Chavez line drive brought in Dan Murphy to put the Mets on the board in the second. Brevard tied it up in the bottom of the fourth when Gamel reached on a fielding error by Nick Evans, stole second and was plated by Chris Errecart's fly out.

A pair of doubles by Evans and Sean McCraw led to 5 Mets runs that chased Manatees starter Mike McClendon from the mound. The Manatees got back into the game though when Errecart's homer scored 3.

Kevin Roberts picked up the win, allowing 1 hit and walking 2 while striking out 5 in 2.2 innings worth of work. Joe Hietpas suffered the loss and a blown save for St. Lucie.

The final game of the series will be played Thursday night at Spacecoast Stadium.

Florida Today

Wednesday's game FSL West Division Finals game between the Clearwater Threshers and the Sarasota Reds at Ed Smith Stadium was postponed due to rain. It will played Thursday, September 6 at 7:00 PM. The Reds lead the best-of-three series, 1-0.

Beloit 3 at Quad Cities 0

W: A. Burnett (1-0, 0.00); L: T. Herron (0-1, 8.10); SV: A. Slama (1)
HR: None.

Doubles by Steve Singleton, Rene Tosoni and Greg Yersich blew open a scoreless game between the Snappers and the Swing in the fourth inning of the first round of the MWL playoffs.

Beloit starter Alex Burnett worked through 5 innings, giving up 5 hits and 1 walk while striking out 5. The Snappers 3 run fourth saw the Swings' Tyler Herron exiting the mound after only 3.1 innings, with the runs comeing on 5 hits and 1 walk while he struck out 4.

Dan Leatherman worked 3 scoreless innings for the Snappers, while Anthony Slama went 3-up-3-dow, 2 on strike outs, in the ninth inning to pick up the save.

The series now shifts to Pohlman Field in Beloit for game two of the best-of-3 series. Southpaw Tyler Robertson, the Twins 3 round draft pick in 2006, is expected to step onto the mound for Beloit. The Swing will counter with righthander Brandon Dickson.

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