Skeeters go 3-3 on the week

Tyson Gillies slides safe at third past Lancaster’s Josh Bell to start the game April 26 for the Sugar Land Skeeters. (Photo by Joe Southern)

Tyson Gillies slides safe at third past Lancaster’s Josh Bell to start the game April 26 for the Sugar Land Skeeters. (Photo by Joe Southern)

The Sugar Land Skeeters went 3-3 last week, bringing their record to 6-5 on the season, just one game ahead of the Lancaster Barnstormers and York Revolution in the Atlantic League’s Freedom Division as of Sunday.

The following is a recap of how the Skeeters did last week:

April 26 vs. Lancaster

The Skeeters pitching struggles continued Tuesday night resulting in an 9-4 loss to Lancaster. Sugar Land has now dropped three straight.

Mike McDade got the offense going for the Barnstormers with an RBI single in the top of the 4th. The Barnstormers broke things open in the top of the 5th with another RBI single from McDade, a homer from Kevin Ahrens, and an RBI single from Charlie Cutler.

The Skeeters scored early in the top of the 1st with an RBI single from Brooks Conrad. Andy Laroche picked up his first hit in a Skeeters uniform with an RBI double in the bottom of the 5th. Patrick Palmeiro crushed his first home run of the season deep to left field in the bottom of the 7th but the brief rally wouldn’t be enough to overcome the Barnstormer’s early scoring. Sean Gallagher received his first loss in the last nine starts, giving up three runs on 8 hits only getting through 4 2/3 innings.

April 27 vs. Lancaster

The Skeeters broke their three game losing streak Wednesday night with a walk-off grand slam by Travis Scott in the bottom of the 10th.

The Barnstormers got the scoring going in the top of the 1st with an RBI single from Josh Bell. The Skeeters would respond with a four-run inning in the bottom of the fourth that included RBI singles from Delwyn Young and Kent Matthes and an RBI double from Johan Limonta

Lancaster would pull ahead in the top of the 6th with an RBI triple from Travis Witherspoon and an RBI double from Chase Patterson. The teams were neck and neck going into the bottom of the 8th until the Skeeters pulled away with the walk-off in the bottom of the 10th.

April 28 at York

The Skeeters offense continued to dominate Thursday night resulting in a 9-6 victory at Peoples Bank Park for York’s home opener.

The Revolution got out to a commanding 6-2 lead after a four-run third inning. It all started with a passed ball from Skeeters starter, Barret Loux that allowed Michael Rockett to score. The scoring continued with a two-RBI single from Joel Guzman and an RBI double from Bryan Pounds. Loux would leave the game after four innings, four hits and six earned.

The Skeeters bounced back with a four-run inning in the 6th. The scoring began with a wild pitch from Tyrelle Harris that would allow Josh Prince to score followed up by a three-run homer by Johan Limonta that would give the Skeeters the lead for good. Sugar Land was provided with some much needed help out of the bullpen from Andrew Johnston and Roy Merritt who combined for five scoreless innings.

April 29 at York

The Skeeters fell 9-1 to the York Revolution on Friday night at PeoplesBank Park in York, Pa.

The Revolution put an early run on the board in the bottom of the second inning when Joel Guzman led off the inning with a single and scored on a two-out double by Keith Castillo. The lead was short-lived when Skeeters’ outfielder Kent Matthes tied the game with a home run—his second of the season.

That’s when it went south for the Skeeters. Guzman doubled to right and scored on a single by Pounds who would then score after singles by Keith Castillo and Michael Rockett in the fourth. The fifth inning saw 11 Revolution batters come to the plate as they scored six unearned runs on seven hits and two Skeeters errors, one by Ian Marshall and one by Josh Prince.

The game went quiet after that, with neither team tacking on any more runs and the Skeeters failing to get a hit beyond the third inning. Josh Prince becomes the first Skeeter ejected on the young season for arguing balls and strikes.

April 30 at York

The Skeeters starting pitching woes continued Friday night in an 8-5 loss to the Revolution. For the second straight night, the Skeeters starters couldn’t get through the 5th inning. Bryan Morgado went 4 2/3 giving up eight hits and five earned runs.

Jeff Dominguez put the Skeeters on the board in the top of the 1st with a deep solo shot and would again go deep in the top of the 5 th . Ricky Hague also added on a home run in the top of the 8 th but it wouldn’t be enough to overcome the York lead.

Andres Perez got the scoring going for the Revolution with a sacrifice fly to center in the bottom of the third. Bryan Pounds added on a run with an RBI single to right that would score Jason Repko.

The Revolution also had a big 5 th inning with a two-run homer from Telvin Nash and a solo shot from James Simmons. York added onto their lead in the bottom of the 6th with a solo homer from Josh Wilson and a two-run homer from Joel Guzman.

May 1 at York

Despite going down 3-0 early in the 2nd inning, the Skeeters responded late to take the series finale against the Revolution 9-3. Keith Castillo got things going for York in the bottom of the 2nd with an RBI single, followed by an RBI single by Jason Repko. Josh Wilson added on a run with an RBI sac-fly in what would be the end of the scoring for the Revolution.

The Skeeters got on the board in the top of the 5th with a sac-fly RBI from Wilfredo Rodriguez and would tie things up with a two-run homer from Travis Scott in the top of the 6th.

York and Sugar Land were tied 3-3 going into the top of the 9th until they broke things open with a big six-run ninth inning due in large part to a grand-slam from Jeremy Barfield.

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