By Joe Southern
The wheel of roster roulette continues to spin for the Sugar Land Skeeters as the baseball team continues its struggles to get wins on the road.
As of Sunday, the team has gone 5-5 in its last 10 games. A four-game win streak at home against Somerset was followed by a five-game losing streak that included the final two home games with the Patriots and the first three on the road at Lancaster. The Skeeters avoided the broom Sunday with a 6-2 win, giving Sean Gleason his second win of the season.
Manager Gary Gaetti continued to change players this week, releasing Johan Lamonta – who has been a no-show since shortly after he was picked up in June – and getting outfielder Caleb Ramsey, a Houston native who was recently released by the Washington Nationals. Gaetti also promoted pitcher Jake Hale to a player/coach position.
“I’m extremely grateful to join the coaching staff as a player/coach with the Sugar Land Skeeters,” Hale said. “I’m looking forward to the challenges this role will bring, as well as the experience and mentorship the Skeeters organization has to offer.”
Infielder Josh Prince returned to the team from a paternity leave on Thursday, only to see player/coach Travis Scott leave for a family emergency. He returned Saturday. Also on Saturday, Prince stole the 300th base of his professional career.
A short break seems to be what Travis Scott needed. In the two games since his return he has been hitting .400 with two hits, two RBIs and a run. Outfielder Derek Miller is hitting .381 in his last seven games with eight hits, five runs, four RBIs and a home run. He has also walked seven times.
On the mound, Sean Gleason has gone 1-1 the last seven days. In that span he has a 2.46 ERA across 11 innings, with five strikeouts and giving up 10 hits and three earned runs.
The Skeeters long road trip continues with three games at New Britain Aug. 7-9 and four games at Bridgeport Thursday through Sunday. The team’s only day off this month comes Monday, Aug. 14, before they return home for a six-game series against York. Promotions in the home stand include fireworks on Aug. 18, a concert by Micky and the Motorcars on Aug. 19 and a Skeeters duffle bag giveaway on Aug. 20.
Skeeter of the Week
Outfielder Cole Gillespie earns Skeeter of the Week honors for his blistering prowess with the bat last week. He is hitting .542 with 13 hits, five doubles, eight RBIs and four runs.