Skeeters falter against Bridgeport, York

Ian Marshall pitches against Bridgeport in the first inning of the May 10 game, which the Sugar Land Skeeters won 2-1 in the 10th inning. (Photo by Joe Southern)

Ian Marshall pitches against Bridgeport in the first inning of the May 10 game, which the Sugar Land Skeeters won 2-1 in the 10th inning. (Photo by Joe Southern)

The Sugar Land Skeeters are set to play seven games in six days at home this week, weather permitting, following a rough week where the baseball team went 2-4 in games against Bridgeport at home and York on the road.

The home stand was to begin Tuesday afternoon against Long Island, followed by a doubleheader on Wednesday. The four-game series concludes Thursday and is followed by a three-game series against Bridgeport, making their third and final trip to Constellation Field this season.

The Skeeters have slipped to second place in the Freedom Division at 13-11 behind York at 15-9 as of Sunday night. Somerset continues to lead the Liberty Division and the Atlantic League at 17-7.

The following are recaps of the Skeeters games last week:

May 10 vs. Bridgeport

The Skeeters won their fifth straight game Tuesday night behind a walk-off single in the bottom of the 10th. Sugar Land outlasted Bridgeport 2-1 and are now 8-3 at home to begin the season. The Bluefish got on the board in the top of the 2nd when Ian Marshall walked Luis Hernandez with the bases loaded to give Bridgeport the 1-0 lead. The Skeeters responded in the bottom of the 4th with an RBI single from Jeff Dominguez that scored Ricky Hague. Jeremy Barfield knocked a two-out single to left to score Josh Prince in the 10th for the win.

May 11 vs. Bridgeport

The Skeeters had their five-game winning streak snapped Wednesday night on a 3-1 loss to Bridgeport. Jonathan Albaladejo picked up his first win of the season and Bryan Morgado took his third loss. The Bluefish got off to a hot start in the top of the 1st with an RBI double to right that scored Jose Cuevas and Luis Hernandez to give Bridgeport a 2-0 lead. The Skeeters responded with a run of their own in the bottom of the 6th with an RBI double by Rene Tosoni that scored Jeff Dominguez bringing the score to 2-1.

May12 vs. Bridgeport

The Skeeters lost their second straight game Thursday night after a rain delay that would officially end the game early. Bridgeport outlasted the Skeeters 4-1. The Bluefish got off to an early 3-0 lead in the top of the 1st that started with an error from Skeeters first baseman, Delwyn Young that scored Ruben Sosa Jr. followed by an RBI groundout from Dan Johnson that scored Wilkin Ramirez. The Bluefish then tacked on another run on a wild pitch from Sean Gallagher that scored Luis Rodriguez. Bridgeport kept on rolling in the top of the 2nd with an RBI sac-fly to center from Luis Rodriguez that scored Rossmel Perez and gave the Bluefish a 4-0 lead.

The Skeeters picked up a run in the top of the 2nd with an RBI sac-fly from Patrick Palmeiro that scored Jeremy Barfield. The game was called in the sixth inning after more than an hour-long delay.

May 13 at York

The Skeeters bats came to life on Friday night, beating the Revolution 9-4, at PeoplesBank Park in York, Penn. The Revolution got out to an early lead when they put two runs on the board in the second. Keith Castillo doubled home James Simmons and then scored himself on a single by Jason Repko. After a few quiet innings, the Skeeters exploded in the middle frames. Jeff Dominguez led off the fourth with a home run to start the scoring. The next batter, Tosoni, tripled and scored three batters later when Barfield doubled to left. Tosoni added an RBI in the fifth when he recorded the second out with a sacrifice fly to center that allowed Josh Prince to score. A two-out rally ensued and was capped off by a Matthes double that brought in two and a home run by Travis Scott, which did the same.

After a two-run home run by Telvin Nash in the bottom of the fifth, Tosoni struck again with a bases loaded double that drove in two. Parker Frazier picked up his league-leading fourth win for the Skeeters after throwing five innings and allowing four runs (three earned).

May 14 at York

After a brief rain delay and a close offensive battle between the teams, the Skeeters fell to York 13-11. Bats heated up early in the game with RBI singles from both Matthes and Barfield putting the Skeeters on the board 2-0 in the top of the first inning. York promptly responded in the bottom of the first with a ground rule double from Perez and an RBI double from Guzman, leaving the score tied 2-2 going into the second inning.

Young once again put the Skeeters ahead 3-2 in the second inning with an RBI single driving in Gillies. However, York fought back after scoring five runs in the bottom of the fifth with the aid of a walk from Guzman, an RBI double from Pounds, and an RBI single from Rockett.

The Skeeters re-took the lead in the top of the sixth, with a sac fly by Dominguez, a walk from Young, and a three-run bomb from Matthes, bringing the Skeeters on top 8-7. An RBI double from Young in the seventh would further the Skeeters’ lead and earn the final Skeeters run of the night with a score of 11-7 going into the eighth.

However, York continued the offensive battle and earned an additional six runs in the bottom of the eighth, leaving the final score 13-11.

May 15 at York

The Skeeters took their second loss in a row after falling to York 9-4. The game gave Micah Owings his first win of the season and Ian Marshall his third loss. The Skeeters gained an early run in the first, but York quickly responded in the bottom of the first with three runs scored from a wild pitch to Nash, an RBI single from Guzman, and an RBI double from Pounds.

York continued to solidify their lead with RBI singles from Perez and Guzman in the second and sac flies from Rockett and Tejeda in the third. Despite an RBI single from Matthes in the third, the Skeeters trailed 8-2 going into the fourth.

The Skeeters gained an additional two runs in the sixth in part due to a pass ball to Matthes scoring Hague, but York would ultimately take the victory after an RBI single from Perez in the seventh left the final score 9-4.

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