Jake Meyers Skeeters

Jake Meyers homered three times during a 24-15 in over El Paso on June 20. (Photo from Twitter)

The Sugar Land Skeeters’ offense fired on all cylinders last week, scoring 52 runs in six games behind the effort of three players, who sit atop the team’s individual leaderboards entering play this week.

Outfielders Jake Meyers, Jose Siri and Bryan De La Cruz were the driving forces for the Skeeters, who lead Triple-A West’s East Division after going 4-2 last week. They were 24-15 overall entering Monday night’s action against the El Paso Chihuahuas. Sugar Land concluded its homestand by splitting games against the Round Rock Express on June 14 and June 15, then took three of the first four games against El Paso on the road.

The Skeeters, who boast the second-best record in Triple-A West, were scheduled to conclude their road trip against El Paso on Monday and Tuesday.

Meyers went 9 for 17 for Sugar Land last week, slugging six homers along the way and driving in 10 runs while reaching base in 12 of his 20 plate appearances. He was leading Sugar Land in homers (12) slugging percentage (.616) and OPS (1.001) and had three consecutive multi-hit games entering Monday’s action, including a three-homer game in Sugar Land’s 24-15 victory over El Paso Sunday night.

Meyers is the first player in Skeeters franchise history with three homers in a game, according to a news release from the team, while the 24 runs were also a franchise record.

Meyers was not the only offensive catalyst for the Skeeters as fellow outfielders De La Cruz and Siri seemingly drove in whatever runs Meyers did not. De La Cruz went 10 for 26 with two homers and two doubles while driving in 10 runs last week, and Siri went 6 for 18 with a homer and four RBIs while reaching base nine times. Siri was second on the team in OPS (.882) and led the Skeeters with 36 RBIs entering play Monday, while De La Cruz was third on the team with an .875 OPS.

Infielder C.J. Hinojosa also had a strong week for Sugar Land, going 9 for 19 with a double and four RBIs in the six games. He was one of seven Sugar Land hitters to pound out multiple hits Sunday night against El Paso.

On the mound, Brett Conine continued to shine in picking up his fifth win of the season in a 10-3 victory over El Paso on June 18. Conine (5-0) tossed six innings of one-run baseball while scattering four hits and striking out five without issuing a walk. Fellow starter Chad Donato picked up a win with five innings of one-run baseball in a rain-shortened win over Round Rock on June 15.

Andre Scrubb led the team’s relief pitchers last week, throwing 2.2 scoreless innings in a couple of appearances while striking out five batters. Ronel Blanco picked up his fifth save of the season June 17 against El Paso, striking out two hitters in a perfect inning.

A look ahead

Following the conclusion of their road trip on Tuesday, the Skeeters are scheduled for an off-day Wednesday and will kick off a six-game homestand against the Oklahoma City Dodgers at 6:05 p.m. Thursday at Constellation Field.

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