Brevard County 5 – Daytona 2
A three-run third inning proved to be the difference in the Daytona Cubs’ 5-2 loss to the Brevard County Manatees on Saturday, as two late-inning runs proved to be too little, too late as Chicago’s Class-A Advanced affiliate dropped the contest in front of the home crowd.
Cubs starter Jose Rosario (2-3) was hit with four runs in five innings of work, but just one of those runs were earned. In the three-run third inning, an error by second baseman Gioskar Amaya allowed a run to score and Michael Reed to reach base. Cameron Garfield later homered in the inning, plating Reed and making it a 3-0 Mantees’ lead.
After Brevard County added another run via a Nick Delmonico homer in the fourth, the Cubs tried to rally in the bottom of the seventh. Bijan Rademacher doubled to center, scoring Albert Almora and cutting the Manatees’ lead to 4-1. An error by Brevard County shortstop Yadiel Rivera allowed a second run to score, but the Cubs were unable to pull even.
Rivera made up for his error in the next inning, clubbing a solo shot off Andrew McKirahan to push the Brevard County lead to 5-2.
Rademacher was the only Cubs hitter to tally more than a single hit, collecting a pair and raising his average to a robust .340. A pair of Daytona relievers combined to toss four scoreless innings in relief of Francescon.
With the loss, Daytona falls to a disappointing 13 games under .500 at 10-23, while Brevard County improved to 20-15.