Skeeters tied for division lead after rough series
By Joe Southern
The Sugar Land Skeeters went 3-3 last week, winning two on the road in Bridgeport but only taking one of three at home against Somerset.
Riding a 6-4 record in their last 10 games, the Skeeters are tied for first in the Atlantic League’s Freedom Division at 18-13 in the second half and 53-48 overall. The York Revolution shares the lead at 17-12 (57-42).
After a break on Monday the Skeeters returned to the road to face the Bridgeport Bluefish for three games followed by the New Britain Bees for three. They return home Monday, Aug. 15, for a four-game series with the Lancaster Barnstormers and three games against the Ducks of Long Island.
SKEETER OF THE WEEK
Travis Scott extended his hitting streak to six consecutive games with a 2-4, 2 RBI outing against the Patriots on Saturday night and 2-4 on Sunday. Over the previous five games, Scott was batting .476 (10-21) with a home run and 3 RBIs with four multi-hit games.
Also on a hot streak is Delwyn Young, who went 1-3 Sunday night against the Patriots and has now hit safely in 26 of his last 30 games. Ricky Hague went 1-4, with a home run and 2 RBIs against Somerset on Saturday and has hit safely in 24 of his last games. He failed to get a hit in four attempts Sunday. Hague is one of the top hitters in the league with a .303 average.
IN THE LOOP
Derrick Loop earned his 24th save of the season in his inning of work against the Patriots on Saturday night. Loop now stands alone in second place on the Skeeters single-season saves list.
The Skeeters recorded their second largest attendance of the season Saturday night with 7,102. The game was followed by a concert by the popular ’80s cover band The Spazmatics. The season high is 8,606, which was set on July 4 in a 2-1 victory against the New Britain Bees.
In addition to the regular daily promotions at Constellation Field, the Skeeters will host Star Wars night on Friday, Aug. 19, and then give away selfie sticks to the first 2,000 fans at the ballpark on Saturday, Aug. 20. Saturday night is also Home Improvement Night. Sunday, Aug. 21, will be Outdoors Night and Back to School Night.
The Skeeters released pitchers Tim Alderson and Chris Rearick, activated pitcher Jake Hale and placed infielder Josh Prince on the inactive list.