Compiled by Joe Southern
Even though the Sugar Land Skeeters have plummeted from first to worst in the Freedom Division of the Atlantic League early in the season, they remain only a game and half out as of Sunday night.
The Skeeters and last year’s Liberty Division champion Long Island Ducks are both 4-6 and at the bottom of their respective divisions, a far cry from last fall when they played for the Atlantic League title, which the Skeeters won.
Sitting atop the Freedom division is the York Revolution at 5-4, with the Lancaster Barnstormers and Southern Maryland Blue Crabs sandwiched in between at 5-5. The Barnstormers took two of three games over the weekend from the Skeeters in Pennsylvania to improve their record, falling Friday 5-4 and winning Saturday 10-6 and then blanking the Skeeters 8-0 on Sunday.
The Skeeters are at Southern Maryland for four games this week before returning home Friday to face the New Britain Bees (4-5) for six games and Lancaster for three.
In the Liberty Division, the Bridgeport Bluefish and Somerset Patriots are tied at 6-4 with Bridgeport benefiting from four wins over the Skeeters in the seven-game opening series.
Jeremy Barfield, last year’s team and league MVP, continues to dominate at the plate. He is batting .405, which is fifth in the league. In 10 games he has 15 hits, 10 runs two home runs and six RBIs. Not far behind him is player/coach Travis Scott, who is hitting .310 with nine hits, two runs, three RBIs and a homer. Leadoff hitter Josh Prince is hitting .293 with 12 hits, six runs and two RBIs.
On the mound, Jake Hale is 2-0 with a .82 ERA, five strikeouts, six hits and one earned run. Brett Marshall is also 2-0 with a 3.18 ERA, with eight strikeouts, 12 hits and four earned runs. Felipe Paulino has surfaced as the Skeeters closer with three saves, striking out five and giving up two hits and two runs in 4.1 innings of work.
Two added to roster
The Sugar Land Skeeters re-signed right-handed pitcher Chris Treibt and added outfielder Derek Miller to the roster.
Treibt, 30, returns for his third stint with the Skeeters. As a member of the Skeeters in 2015 and 2016, Treibt went 1-1 with a 2.81 ERA and totaled nine strikeouts in 16 innings pitched. In 2015, Treibt was a player/manager in the Pecos League for the Roswell Invaders where he guided the club to a championship.
In addition to his time in Sugar Land last season, the five-year baseball veteran from Northeastern State University and Rogers State University was a member of the Joplin Blasters (American Association) and Somerset Patriots (Atlantic League). In his five seasons of professional baseball, he is 6-5 with a 3.09 ERA in 76 games. In 2013 he played for the Edinburg Road Runners with Skeeters bullpen catcher Jeff Allen managed by Ozzie Canesco, who still holds the Atlantic League single season homerun record at 49.
Miller, 24, is entering his fourth season in professional baseball and first with the Skeeters. The son of Skeeters President Jay Miller, he was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 23rd round of the 2014 MLB Amateur Draft from the University of Texas at Arlington. Derek spent his entire career in the Red Sox’s minor league system. He has appeared in 201 career games in his four-year minor league career and has a .253 average in 201 games played. In 2015 with Greenville (A) he was named to the Mid-Season All-Star team in the Salem League.
The Texas native attended Round Rock High School in Round Rock where he earned all-conference honors his junior and senior years. Former Skeeters and major league players Ryan Langerhans and Travis Schlichting attended Round Rock High School and big leaguer John Danks also was a Dragon.
Pink in the Park is May 12
Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital and the Sugar Land Skeeters will team up for Pink in the Park on Friday, May 12, at Constellation Field.
The Skeeters and proudly wear pink as they take on the Lancaster Barnstormers in the “Pink Out” game starting at 7:05 p.m.
Memorial Hermann Sugar Land is teaming up with MD Anderson Cancer Center to honor breast cancer survivors on the field during the game. A silent auction will be held for fans to bid on baseball bats painted by Skeeters players to support breast cancer awareness. Pink jerseys and cleats worn by the players during the game will also be up for bid in the silent auction.
“It is truly an honor and a privilege to recognize and celebrate these individuals who inspire us all with their strength and courage,” said Greg Haralson, senior vice president and CEO of Memorial Hermann Sugar Land. “Cancer affects so many in our area and it is truly a powerful image to see the stadium filled with pink as we all come together to educate and raise awareness for breast cancer and its impact on families in our community.”
Proceeds from Pink in the Park will be used to enhance the breast cancer services offered through MD Anderson Breast Care with Memorial Hermann-Sugar Land, including digital mammography for screening and diagnostics and the cutting edge 3-D breast tomosynthesis. This digital technology can detect smaller breast tumors that may be missed by traditional mammography. The technology is particularly beneficial for women with dense or fatty breast tissue.
Breast cancer survivors who would like to register to attend Pink in the Park should visit www.memorialhermann.org/sugar-land-pink-in-the-park. The first 1,000 fans who attend will receive a complimentary gift.
For more information on the services available through MD Anderson Breast Care with Memorial Hermann-Sugar Land, call 877-40-MAMMO (62666).
Skeeter of the week
Righty Felipe Paulino earns the Skeeter of the Week honors with three saves, five strikeouts and giving up two hits and two runs in 4.1 innings of work as the team’s closer.