By Bill McCaughey
For the Fort Bend Star
The Sugar Land Skeeters started slow after the all-star break, losing their first three games to the Bridgeport Bluefish.
They begin a three game home stand on Friday against the York Revolution before going on a 10-game road trip.
The Freedom Division beat the Liberty Division 3-1 in the Atlantic League All-Star Game last Wednesday. Despite rainy weather that caused the cancellation of the Home Run Derby and delayed the start of the game by 85 minutes, the attendance was announced at 8,466, the second largest crowd to see a baseball game at the Lancaster’s Clipper Magazine Stadium. Lancaster’s Caleb Gindl hit a home run and a single plus threw a runner out at the plate to earn the Most Valuable Player Award.
The Skeeters’ Jeremy Barfield went 0-for-3, and Travis Scott went 0-for-1 but had a key defensive play in the late innings, tagging out a runner at the plate. Andrew Johnston pitched one inning, giving up just one hit, Robbie Weinhardt pitched a third of an inning, giving up one hit, and Derrick Loop pitched one inning, also giving up one hit.
Raffy Montalvo, along with several others, holds the record of having the shortest career in the major leagues by pitching one inning for the Astros in 1986.
He pitched one inning against the Atlanta Braves and allowed one run, one hit, and two walks. Shortly thereafter he was demoted to the Tucson Toros in the minor leagues. His one inning did earn him playoff money as the Astros reached the 1986 NLCS. Raffy was awarded $500 as his share of the playoff winnings.
In the minor leagues, Raffy had a reputation as a pitcher who scuffed the ball.
He played along with the reputation one game when, after being called in from the bullpen, he arrived at the mound wearing a carpenter’s belt with an assortment of files in it, which he took off and handed to his manager before taking his warm-up pitches.
Skeeter of the Week
The Fort Bend Star Skeeter of the Week is Beamer Weems with a .500 batting average, a double and an RBI during the short week after the all-star game.
The Skeeters may only be home for three games this home stand, but all three have great promotions.
Friday night means fireworks. It is also Las Vegas night and Night of Hope.
Saturday is the Bullpen Cart giveaway. Sunday is the annual Remote Dig and also the BrewFest.
The Skeeters acquired infielder Lance Zawadzki in a trade with Lancaster on July 15. Zawadzki was drafted in the fourth round of the 2007 draft by the San Diego Padres. In 2015, Zawadzki was a 20-20 man for Lancaster. He hit 20 home runs, stole 20 bases, along with hitting .275 with 63 RBIs.