Francis Martes Sugar Land Skeeters

Francis Martes delivers a pitch for the Sugar Land Skeeters on Sunday at Constellation Field. (Photo by Landan Kuhlmann)

The Sugar Land Skeeters continued to pace Triple A West’s East division last week with standout performances from all facets of the game. One of the key contributors was an established bat, while the other was a bit of a surprise.

The Skeeters went 4-2 last week to stay atop the division, taking the final two games against Round Rock and splitting the first four games of its homestand against the Tacoma Raniers over the weekend. Sugar Land (33-24), which boasts Triple-A West’s best run differential, was scheduled to finish its homestand against Tacoma on Monday and Tuesday.

Standing out on the offensive side was outfielder Jake Meyers, who continued to impress against Minor League Baseball’s highest level of pitching, while second baseman C.J. Hinojosa also had a prolific week to pace Sugar Land’s lineup.

Hinojosa was 7 for 23 in six games last week, with five of those hits going for extra bases while driving in a team-leading eight runs. He had four doubles and a homer, raising his OPS from .723 to .746. Meyers, meanwhile, went 8 for 20 with four extra-base hits and seven RBIs during the week. In the process, he clubbed his team-leading 15th home run while reaching base in 12 of his 24 plate appearances. He ranks third in Triple-A West in batting average (.340) and fourth in OPS (1.035), both of which also pace the Skeeters.

Jose Siri also homered twice last week to give him 11 homers on the year, and he entered play this week leading the Skeeters with 44 RBIs.

On the mound, JP France continued his strong performance since being promoted to Sugar Land on June 22. France threw five shutout innings in relief to pick up a win against Tacoma on July 10, allowing just three hits while striking out 10 hitters. The right-hander has punched out 32 hitters in just 18.1 innings since his promotion.

Ryan Hartman also had a strong performance in the July win over Round Rock, hurling five innings of one-run baseball while striking out five and allowing just one hit.

Following the conclusion of their series against Tacoma on Tuesday, the Skeeters will kick off a 12-game road trip. They’ll play the Albuquerque Isotopes July 15-20 before traveling to face the Oklahoma City Dodgers from July 22-27. Sugar Land’s next homestand will be a six-game series against the El Paso Chihuahuas that begins on July 29.

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