The Sugar Land Skeeters will open its homestand on Thursday with a key player from the 2017 world champion Houston Astros squad taking the mound.
Astros’ right-hander Lance McCullers Jr. will begin his rehab assignment with the Skeeters on Thursday by starting Thursday night’s game against the Round Rock Express at Constellation Field. It will be the first game of a six-game series against the Express, their only visit to Sugar Land this season.
McCullers Jr. has not appeared in a game since the Astros placed him on the 10-day injured list on May 23 with right shoulder soreness.
The 2017 All-Star and World Series champion has gone 3-1 with a 2.96 ERA (17 ER/51.2 IP) in nine starts with Houston this season.
Skeeters drop finale of OKC series
The Skeeters lost the finale of their road trip to the Oklahoma City Dodgers 9-6 Tuesday night at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, going 2-4 in the series.
Sugar Land jumped out to a 4-0 lead by the fourth inning on a three-run home run from Colton Shaver and RBI double from Lorenzo Quintana. Shaver hit his second home run of the road trip, which was his second career homer at the Triple-A level.
The Dodgers cut it to a 4-3 game in the bottom of the fourth before Jake Meyers lined a solo home run to left field to tie the game in the fourth inning. Meyers’ home run was his team-leading sixth of the season. Michael Papierski added an RBI in the fifth on an attempted sacrifice bunt.
Oklahoma City took the lead in the bottom half of the fifth on home runs from Andy Burns and D.J Peters. Both home runs came off Skeeters right-hander Ryan Eades, who was handed the losing decision. The Dodgers scored two more runs in the sixth inning on a two-run triple from Luke Raley.
The loss puts Sugar Land at 19-10 on the season, a half-game ahead of Round Rock (19-11) in the Triple-A West East Division standings.
Food drive on Thursday
The Skeeters will also have a food drive on Thursday at Constellation Field. It will be the first of five food drives the team will host this season, partnering with Circle K and the Houston Food Bank.
The team will offer $3 off of a grassland ticket for Thursday’s game for those who donate three items.
Donations can be brought from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. to the will-call window of the box office in front of Constellation Field.