Sugar Land Skeeters July 4

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The Sugar Land Skeeters had a rough start to last week’s schedule, but rebounded to finish strong thanks to standout performances from three of their offensive leaders.

Sugar Land began the week with back-to-back losses against the Oklahoma City Dodgers, but bounced back to take three of the first four games from the Round Rock Express over the Fourth of July weekend. The Skeeters were scheduled to finish their road trip Tuesday against Round Rock.

As has been the case much of the season, the Skeeters were once again led by the offensive output of their starting outfield, all three of whom had at least nine hits during last week’s action.

Jake Meyers continued to shine for Sugar Land, going 10 for 26 with three doubles while reaching base in 12 of his 28 plate appearances. Meyers was fifth in Triple-A West in batting average (.333) and fourth in OPS (1.014) entering play this week, and leads the Skeeters in both categories

Bryan De La Cruz (.917 OPS) continued his steady play in going 9 for 20 with three homers and nine RBIs, including a multi-homer game on July 3 against Round Rock. Meanwhile, Jose Siri was 9 for 20 with a homer and reached base in 11 of his 22 plate appearances.

On the mound, Brett Conine continued to be Sugar Land’s workhorse in throwing 11 innings over the course of two outings. Conine pitched six innings of two-run baseball on June 29 against Oklahoma City, then picked up a five-inning save on July 4 against Round Rock. Bryan Abreu, a Houston Astros reliever on a rehab assignment with Sugar Land, threw 3.1 innings across three relief outings last week, allowing one earned run while striking out four batters.

Following the conclusion of their series against the Express on Tuesday, the Skeeters were slated to begin a six-game homestand against the Tacoma Rainiers at 7:05 p.m. Thursday at Constellation Field.

Last Week’s Scores

June 28: Oklahoma City 5, Sugar Land 4

June 29: Oklahoma City 6, Sugar Land 4

July 1: Sugar Land 2, Round Rock 1

July 2, Round Rock 3, Sugar Land 2

July 3: Sugar Land 3, Round Rock 1

July 4: Sugar Land 11, Round Rock 1

Triple A West Standings

East Division

(through Sunday)

Team                                     Record                GB

Sugar Land                        29-22                      0

Oklahoma City                   28-24                     1.5

Round Rock                       27-25                     2.5

El Paso                             23-28                      6.0

Albuquerque                     18-34                     11.5

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