NOT SO SUNNY FLORIDA …
Well, right, it’s night time so it wouldn’t be sunny anyway but drizzly weather has two Florida State League games delayed and others just soggy …
At Brevard County, the Manatees (Brewers) and Daytona Cubbies were knotted at 2-2 in the sixth. For Brevard, Chris Errecart had homered and Charlie Fermaint had added an RBI triple while Ryan Norwood, who really got onto the radar screen last summer with a great season, had an RBI single to pace the Cubbies.
The Dunedin Blue Jays’ game at the Clearwater Threshers (Phillies) had yet to start due to rain, while the Lakeland Tigers were leading the Tampa Yankees, 3-0, in the fifth when they were halted. Andrew Miller was starting for Lakeland with center fielder Cameron Maybin batting third in that lineup.
One of the best pitchers duels of the night could be seen in the first five innings in Sarasota. Fort Myers Miracle pitcher Kyle Waldrop (Twins) was practically perfect in his five inning stint, striking out seven without allowing a hit or a walk. Only two hit batsmen marred his line. On the other side, Sarasota’s Carlos Fisher, who was one of the top pitchers you never heard about last year at Dayton, tossed six innings of three-hit ball for the Reds. The Reds had a 2-0 lead in the sixth as Jay Rainville gave up a pair of runs in relief of Waldrop.
The St. Lucie Mets and Vero Beach Devil Rays were scoreless through five in another good pitching matchup as Jacob McGee gave up two hits in three innings for the Devil Rays and Deolis Guerra had struck out five in 4 2/3 innings of two-hit ball for the Mets.
Both teams could call the park home in the Palm Beach Cardinals-Jupiter Hammerheads (Marlins) matchup, as the two teams share Roger Dean Stadium. Chris Volstad had given up six hits over six innings for the Hammerheads but trailed Tyler Norrick and his Cards, 3-1, after 5 1/2 innings.