There will be more opportunities to see the Sugar Land Skeeters in late September, but there will be no playoff excitement at Constellation Field this year.
A total of 10 more games were added to the Skeeters’ schedule as part of the “Triple-A Final Stretch,” which will increase the season to 120 games.
Sugar Land will now play at El Paso from Sept. 23 to 27 and then host Round Rock from Sept. 29 to Oct. 3.
Also, Minor League Baseball will not have a postseason in Triple-A this year, so the Triple-A West champion will be determined by which team has the highest winning percentage on Sept. 21. But there will be another prize for the team with the best winning percentage during the “Final Stretch.” The award has yet to be determined.
As of Friday, Sugar Land has the second-best winning percentage in Triple-A West, with a record of 34-23 with a .567 winning percentage.
The Skeeters are now chasing the Reno Aces, who are 38-23 on the season with a .623 winning percentage. Reno has a 3.5-game lead on Sugar Land as of Friday. The Skeeters and Aces will not play each other this season.
Sugar Land remains in first place in the East Division of Triple-A West, ahead of Oklahoma City by 2.5 games. The Skeeters have remained in first since their win on June 18 at El Paso.
The tiebreakers will include the best winning percentage, then head-to-head record, the best winning percentage in the final 20 games, the best winning percentage in the final 21 games, etc.
De La Cruz homers, but Skeeters fall to Isotopes
Sugar Land lost the series opener to the Albuquerque Isotopes on Thursday, 8-5 at Isotopes Park.
After Albuquerque took an 8-1 lead after five innings, Bryan De La Cruz hit a two-run home run in the sixth inning, It was De La Cruz’s 11th home run of the season and his 13th RBI in the last 12 games.
Ronnie Dawson got an RBI single in the seventh, while Jose Siri drove in the Skeeters’ first run of the game with a RBI double in the second.
Right-hander Nivaldo Rodriguez, who was issued the loss, got the start, and allowed five runs on six hits through 2 2/3 innings. Seth Martinez followed him and surrendered three runs through 2 1/3 innings of work.
Jones moved back to make room for Correa
Infielder Taylor Jones was sent back down to Sugar Land to make room for Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa to be activated from the 10-day injured list.
Correa was put on the list for health and safety concerns last Friday.
Jones was officially transacted on Thursday, meaning he was already with the Skeeters on that day.
Jake’s still rakin’
Jake Meyers singled on Thursday to move his hitting streak to 10 games. During that time, the Sugar Land designated hitter has hit .351 (13-for-37) with a home run and eight RBIs.
The 10-game hitting streak is the third-longest active streak in Triple-A West. Meyers has gone on hitting streaks of 13 and 14 games this season as well.
Meyers ranks fourth in Triple A West in average (.335), tied for fifth in home runs (15), fourth in OPS (1.014) and tied for first in runs scored (46). He’s second among Astro minor-leaguers with 15 homers.
The week ahead
After the Skeeters wrap up their six-game series at Albuquerque on Tuesday, Sugar Land will then head to Oklahoma City to begin a series against the Dodgers beginning on Thursday.