Fresh off a strong opening homestand, the Sugar Land Skeeters hit a rough patch last week. But that doesn’t mean there was a shortage of standout performances for Sugar Land, which possessed Triple-A West’s best record at 19-9 after splitting a doubleheader with the Oklahoma City Dodgers Monday night.
An experienced veteran and a newcomer led the way at the plate for Sugar Land, which went 3-3 last week. The Skeeters defeated the Albuquerque Isotopes June 1 in the finale of the homestand before losing three of their first five games against Oklahoma City.
Sugar Land was slated to finish off its series against Oklahoma City on Tuesday.
Abraham Toro was the shining offensive star for Sugar Land last week, going 7 for 18 with a homer and two doubles in six games. Toro, one of the more experienced Skeeters with 64 previous games at the MLB level, also drove in five runs and reached base in 11 of his 23 plate appearances.
Colton Shaver also had a strong week in his introduction to the Triple-A level following his promotion from Double-A Corpus Christi last week. Shaver went 3 for 9 with a double, a homer, two walks and three RBIs in two games, including a 3-for-4 game in Sunday’s 8-5 victory over Oklahoma City.
Also chipping in for the Skeeters was Lorenzo Quintana, who went 4 for 13 with a double. Bryan De La Cruz (.908 OPS) reached base seven times in 17 plate appearances, while C.J. Hinojosa went 3 for 8.
The Skeeters’ pitching staff allowed 31 runs in six games last week, though a few hurlers managed to come out relatively unscathed.
Ryan Hartman picked up his first two wins of the 2021 campaign last week. He had five innings of one-run baseball in a 3-2 win over Albuquerque on June 1, striking out three and walking two. He then threw 5.2 innings while allowing just two runs to get the win in the second game of Monday's doubleheader, striking out seven and walking just one while scattering three hits.
Carson LaRue (1.50 ERA) picked up his first save of the season on June 1 with four perfect innings of relief, including five strikeouts.Through Monday's action, LaRue possessed a 0.93 WHIP through 12 innings of work.
Reliever Riley Ferrell has six straight scoreless outings after pitching a scoreless inning in a June 4 loss to Oklahoma City, while Ronel Blanco picked up his third save of the season with a scoreless ninth against Oklahoma City on Sunday. Blanco also saved Monday's nightcap while picking up two strikeouts in a scoreless inning.
Following the conclusion of its series against Oklahoma City on Tuesday night, Sugar Land was set to have a day off Wednesday before a hosting a series against the Round Rock Express from June 10-15.