Skeeters took on the Long Island Ducks over weekend at Constellation Field
Highlights of Friday night’s win 2-0
The Skeeters are now 2-0 after their 4-1 win on Friday night. The Skeeters fell behind early on Friday after Josh Barfield led off the game with a double, advanced on a passed ball and then scored on a sac fly to right field. That is all the Ducks would get though.
In the bottom of the first, Josh Pressley hit a three-run homerun to deep right field, putting the Skeeters on top for good. In the third inning, Chase Lambin hit a home run to right field. Starter Jason Lane went 5.0 innings and only gave up one unearned run.
Gary Gaetti used five pitchers Friday to navigate his way through the game.
The bullpen for the Ducks also stepped up. They pitched 3.0 scoreless innings, scattering four hits, a walk, and a hit batter.
Friday night’s attendance was 5,076.
Saturday night – Skeeters win again
Faith & Family Night, was sponsored by Christ United Methodist Sugar Land with the post game Farmers Fireworks Series, presented by Farmers Insurance.
The Skeeters walked off in the 11th inning for a 5-4 win on Saturday night. Both starting pitchers were out of the game early, and this one would be a battle of the bullpens. Scott Elarton pitched 1.1 innings and allowing four runs. Matt Way went 2+ innings and allowed three runs, and issued six walks.
The bullpen for the Skeeters again answered the call giving the team 9.2 innings of scoreless baseball.
The Ducks bullpen allowed two unearned runs in the midst of an 8.1 inning stretch.
The Skeeters crept back in this game in the bottom of the second inning thanks to four wild pitches and four walks in that inning, as they scored three time to cut it to 4-3. The Skeeters tied it in the fifth, thanks to a throwing error by Ducks third baseman Bryant Nelson. Then, in the bottom of the 11th with two men aboard, Aaron Bates hit a ball up the middle that went through the legs of second baseman Josh Barfield, allowing Dustin Martin to score the winning run from second.
Sunday afternoon – No perfecto means 4-0 for Skeeters
On Sunday afternoon the Skeeters won 2-1, but nearly had a perfect game thrown against them. Ducks pitching retired the first 22 batters of the ballgame and it looked like it might be a long day against Long Island. Ralph Henriquez broke the scoreless pitching duel in the seventh when he hit a solo homerun with two outs that game the Ducks a 1-0 lead.
For the second night in a row the Skeeters would come from behind for the win. In the eighth, Dustin Martin singled to break up the string of 22 in a row retired batters to begin the game. He was followed by a two-run homer by Koby Clemens, which turned out to be the final. Skeeters sweep the four game series and begin the 2013 season with a record of 4-0.
The Skeeters are off for a six-game road trip.The first of three games will be against the Somerset Patriots.
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