Baseball fans in Fort Bend County have a date with the Houston Astros organization in a little more than six weeks.
The Sugar Land Skeeters, who have been an independent minor league franchise since their inaugural season in 2012, will begin play as the Astros’ new Triple-A affiliate on Thursday, April 8 with a road game against the Reno Aces, the Skeeters announced Thursday.
After opening season with a 12-game road trip, the Skeeters will play their first Triple-A game at a renovated Constellation Field on April 22 against the Salt Lake Bees. Other key dates in the 70-game home schedule include a Memorial Day weekend series against the Albuquerque Isotopes May 27-31 and a Labor Day weekend series Sept. 3-6 against the Las Vegas Aviators.
The 142-game season will run through Sept. 21, with the Skeeters competing in the East Division of Triple-A West. Divisional opponents will include the Isotopes (Colorado Rockies affiliate), El Paso Chihuahuas (San Diego Padres), Oklahoma City Dodgers (Los Angeles Dodgers) and Round Rock Express (Texas Rangers).
Other league opponents for the Skeeters will be the Aviators (Oakland A’s), Aces (Arizona Diamondbacks), Sacramento River Cats (San Francisco Giants), Bees (Los Angeles Angels) and Tacoma Rainiers (Seattle Mariners).
The Skeeters said announcements on ticket availability as well as upcoming promotions and giveaways will be made soon. For more information on the Skeeters or to see their complete schedule, visit sugarlandskeeters.com.