By Joe Southern
Although they were stung by the Bees and had the barn door slammed in their face, the Sugar Land Skeeters still manage to hold onto the second half lead in the Freedom Division of the Atlantic League despite going 1-9 in their last 10 games.
As of Monday night the Skeeters were 32-26 (67-61 overall) and held a one-game lead over the York Revolution who won the first half and hold a four-game lead overall over the Skeeters. Sugar Land went 1-6 during their seven-game home stand and are on their last road trip of the season.
During the home stand, the New Britain Bees swept four games against the struggling Skeeters. Highlighting the debacle was the 11-9 thrashing of the Skeeters Thursday night, which saw Manager Gary Gaetti and pitcher Brett Marshall get ejected. The Skeeters did end a seven-game skid with a 5-4 victory over the Lancaster Barnstormers but lost the series 2-1. The downward spiral continued Monday with a loss on the road to the Somerset Patriots.
The Skeeters face the Patriots two more times, have a day off and then take on the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs for three games. They return home Monday for three against the Long Island Ducks and then wrap up the regular season with four games against the Blue Crabs.
Skeeter of the Week
Ricky Hague pushed his hitting streak to 14 consecutive games after going 1-4 against Lancaster on Sunday. Over the last two weeks, Hague is batting .370 (20-54) with two home runs, eight RBIs and eight runs. Hague has also hit safely in 20 of his last 22 games, batting .344 (30-87) with five home runs, 18 RBIs and 12 runs. His play has earned him The Fort Bend Star’s Skeeter of the Week honors.
Rene Tosoni is currently on a six-game hitting-streak, batting .400 (10-25) with (2) 3B and five runs. Josh Prince has been a tough out in his 10 games against the Patriots this season. In those 10 games, Prince is batting .387 (12-31), with a home run, 5 RBIs, .525 OBP and 1.041 OPS.
Lance Zawadzki’s consistency at the plate continued Sunday evening after going 2-4 against the Barnstormers. Zawadzki has hit safely in 13 of his last 15 games, batting .344 (20-58) with (5) 2B, 2 home runs 6 RBIs and 12 runs.
Barfield battling hard
Jeremy Barfield belted a grand-slam in the top of the 3rd Monday to put the Skeeters back on top 4-1. Barfield’s long ball was his 21st of the season, which ties him with Koby Clemens for the Skeeters single-season record.
Barfield is batting .315 (18-57) with (4) 2B, 2 home runs, 6 RBIs and 10 runs over his last 15 games and is currently on pace to set Skeeters single-season records in hits, runs, home runs, RBIs, 2B and total bases.
- Hits: Barfield (138, 4th all-time): Adam Godwin (2013, 157, 1st all-time)
- Runs: Barfield (72, 3rd all-time): Adam Godwin (2013, 86, 1st all-time)
- HR: Barfield (20, T-2nd w/ Delwyn Young (2014): Koby Clemens (2013, 21, 1st all-time)
- RBI: Barfield (72, 4th all-time): Delwyn Young (2014, 88, 1st all-time)
- 2B: Barfield (28, T-3rd w/ Patrick Palmeiro): Bubba Bell (2012, 35, 1st all-time)
- Total Bases: Barfield (230, 2nd all-time): Ryan Langerhans (2014, 246, 1st all-time)
The Skeeters activated pitchers Sean Gleason and Jack Hale.
Monday, Sept. 12 is Dollar Dogs and Margarita Monday; Tuesday is Two-Steppin’ Tuesday; Wednesday is Winning Wednesday; Thursday is Thirsty Thursday and Houston Sports Night; Friday is Fireworks, Health and Wellness Night and a jersey auction; Saturday is Salute2Fans, Faith and Family Night and a scarf giveaway; and Sunday is Sunday Funday and Fan Appreciation Day.