By Joe Southern
Jeff Dominguez belted a solo home run in the fourth inning and followed it with a two-run double in the fifth to help lead the Sugar Land Skeeters to a 4-1 Opening Day victory over the Bridgeport Bluefish Thursday at Constellation Field.
The Skeeters went on to defeat the Bluefish 6-4 on Friday night and 9-1 on Saturday before falling 13-5 in a rain-delayed game on Sunday.
The opener saw Sean Gallagher earn the win after pitching five scoreless innings. Zech Zinicola pitched the eighth inning followed by a scoreless ninth inning pitched by Derrick Loop, earning him his first save of the season.
Roy Merritt gave up the only run for the Bluefish when Josh Vitters smacked a solo homer in the seventh.
Dominguez broke up the pitchers duel in the fourth with his solo shot. That set the stage for plenty of action in the next inning. Patrick Palmeiro got on base with a single followed by a walk from Josh Prince. Dominguez brought them home when he went deep right field against Bridgeport pitcher Taylor Thompson. Dominguez finished the night 3-4 and with 3 RBI.
Following Vitters’ run in the seventh, Beamer Weems took second on an error by the third baseman and then advanced to third when Palmeiro flied to right. Weems scored when Wilfredo Rodriguez hit another fly to right. That capped the scoring on the night.
In the second game, Brooks Conrad led the Skeeters’ drive to a 6-4 victory over the Bluefish with 3 RBI and a home run in the fifth inning.
On Saturday, the Skeeters took a 9-1 victory, giving them a record of 3-0, matching their best start in 2015. Barret Loux and the Skeeters bullpen held the Bluefish to seven hits and one run.
After a three-and-a-half-hour rain delay Sunday, the Skeeters fell in the final game of the series with a 13-5 loss to Bridgeport. Ian Marshall struggled in his first start of the season, giving up 10 runs through only one inning of work.
On a side note, Manager Gary Gaetti has been limited to the dugout as he has his right arm in a sling following shoulder surgery just prior to the start of the season when he aggravated an old injury.
Up next for the Skeeters is a three-game series against Lancaster, followed by an eight-game road trip to York and New Britain. They return home May 6 against Somerset.