Skeeters split with Bees, sweep series with Patriots
The Sugar Land Skeeters shut out the New Britain Bees in their first-ever meeting with the new team but went 2-2 in a four-game series before returning home to take a three-game sweep of the Somerset Patriots last week.
The Skeeters ride a four-game win streak going into Tuesday’s game against the Bridgeport Bluefish who are returning for their second series at Constellation Field this season. After a three game series, the Skeeters return to York for a three-game series with the Revolution.
The Skeeters and Revolution are tied at 11-7 atop the Freedom Division of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. The Patriots lead the Liberty Division at 14-4 with three of the losses coming from Sugar Land.
The following are game summaries from last week:
May 2 at New Britain
The Skeeters recorded their first shutout of the season, taking the first game of the series against New Britain 4-0 behind a strong outing from Parker Frazier.
Brooks Conrad put the Skeeters on the board in the top of the 4th with an RBI single to center followed by an RBI sac-fly by Beamer Weems. Delwyn Young added to the lead in the top of the 8th with an RBI double to center.
Parker Frazier earned his second win of the season giving up no runs on four hits through seven innings. Josh Outman picked up his second loss giving up two runs on eight hits through six innings of work. Derek Loop and Roy Merritt were strong for the Skeeters in relief combining for two scoreless innings.
May 3 at New Britain
Despite a strong outing from Skeeters starting pitcher, Barret Loux, New Britain was able to outlast Sugar Land 2-1.
Loux tied the single-game record for strikeouts with 11, which was set by former Skeeters pitcher, Kevin Villa in the inaugural season of 2012.
The first run of the game didn’t come until the bottom of the 5th when Greg Golson put New Britain on the board with an RBI double to left. Jovan Rosa followed that up with an RBI single that would score Golson and put the Bees ahead 2-0. Although the Skeeters ended with seven hits to the Bees five hits, they were only able to push one run across on an RBI sac-fly from Beamer Weems in the top of the 8th.
May 5 Game 1 at New Britain
The Sugar Land Skeeters dropped game one of its double header against New Britain, 1-0 despite a commendable outing from starting pitcher, Ian Marshall. Marshall gave up no runs on four hits over five innings of work.
The Skeeters offense continued to struggle, only totaling two hits on a double from Kent Matthes in the top of the 2nd and a single from Beamer Weems in the top of the 5th. Tyson Gillies returned to the starting lineup after missing the last few games due to injury, but was ejected in the top of the 3rd after arguing a called third strike.
Sugar Land and New Britain were tied 0-0 going into the bottom of the 6th until Jovan Rosa launched a solo shot off of Skeeters reliever, Zech Zinicola. Cole Johnson had another strong outing for the Bees, allowing no runs on two hits with six strikeouts over seven innings.
May 5 Game 2 at New Britain
The Sugar Land Skeeters managed to salvage the second game of its double-header against New Britain, taking the final game of the series 2-1.
Bryan Morgado picked up his first win of the season, giving up one run on four hits with three strikeouts over five innings of work. Derrick Loop had another solid appearance out of the bullpen and picked up his second save of the season.
Jeremy Barfield carried the load for the Skeeters with an RBI single to center in the top of the 3rd followed up by a solo shot in the top of the 5th in what ended up being Sugar Land’s only two runs. Jeremy finished the day 2-4 with 2 RBI. The Skeeters are now 4-0 when Barfield has a multi-hit game.
The only run for New Britain came on a wild pitch by Bryan Morgado in the bottom of 3rd that would score Jon Jones. Josh Zeid picked up the loss for the Bees, giving up one run on four hits with four strikeouts and three walks over four innings of work.
May 6 vs. Somerset
The Sugar Land Skeeters took care of business Friday night against Somerset, handing the Patriots only their second loss of the season in a 4-2 win. Roy Merritt picked up the win for the Skeeters with Scott McGregor taking the loss.
Bryan Lahair started the scoring for the Patriots in the top of the 3rd with an RBI single. The Patriots would score another run in the top of the 7th on a wild pitch by Merritt.
Kent Matthes led the way on a three-run inning for Sugar Land with an RBI double to left that would score Gillies and Dominguez. Rene Tosoni, who was making his season debut for the Skeeters also contributed with an RBI single that would score Kent Matthes. Tosoni finished 3-4 with an RBI. Derrick Loop picked up the save for the Skeeters and pushed his scoreless outing streak to 8.
May 7 vs. Somerset
The Sugar Land Skeeters won their third straight Saturday night with a 4-1 victory over the Somerset Patriots. Parker Frazier picked up his third win of the season giving up only one run on five hits over 6 innings. Matt Bywater took his his first loss of the season giving up four runs on two hits over 4 1/3 innings. Robbie Weinhardt picked up his first save of the season.
The Skeeters scored first in the bottom of the 4th when Andy Laroche was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Ricky Hague followed with a two RBI single to center that would score Kent Matthes and Brooks Conrad. Somerset’s lone run came in the top of the 5th on a ground out to second that would score Yovan Gonzalez. The last time the Skeeters won a series against the Patriots was May 5-7 of the 2015 season.
May 8 vs. Somerset
The Sugar Land Skeeters won their fourth straight Sunday and successfully completed the series sweep of the Somerset Patriots. The win marked the first time in team history that Sugar Land has swept Somerset.
The Skeeters got on the board early in the top of the 1st with a sac-fly RBI from Kent Matthes that would score Tyson Gillies. The Patriots responded in the top of the 3rd with an RBI groundout from Eric Farris that tied the score 1-1. Somerset would go on to take the lead in the top of the 4th with an RBI single from Vinny Zarrillo that would score Rob Kral and Scott Kelly.
The Skeeters rallied with another sac-fly RBI from Kent Matthes in the bottom of the 6th. Delwyn Young tacked on another run in the bottom of the 7th with an RBI pinch-hit single to center that tied the score 3-3. Travis Scott gave Sugar Land the winning run in the bottom of the 8th with an RBI on a fielder’s choice. Robbie Weinhardt picked up his second save of the season.
The Skeeters will begin the second series of their six-game home stand against the Bridgeport Bluefish Tuesday night at 7:05 p.m. Gates will open at 6 p.m. Purchase tickets by calling the Skeeters box office at 281-240-4487 or visit sugarlandskeeters.com.