The first homestand of the season for the Sugar Land Skeeters was a very successful one, with Sugar Land dropping only one of six games at Constellation Field.
The Skeeters finished their homestand with a 3-2 win over the Albuquerque Isotopes on Tuesday night at Constellation Field.
Sugar Land has won 10 of their last 11 games and sit atop the Triple A West standings. Their winning percentage of .739 (17-9) is fourth-best in Minor League Baseball and second-best of Triple A teams.
Things started out well as the Skeeters jumped out to an early lead on an Abraham Toro RBI single in the first inning. The Skeeters scored a pair three batters later on a fielder’s choice from Alex De Goti, with a throwing error from Isotopes second baseman Jose Gomez, allowing another run to cross.
Ryan Hartman picked up his first win of the season. He allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits through five innings. Carson LaRue finished out the game, collecting five strikeouts through four scoreless innings.
Ryan Vilade provided a solo home run, giving Albuquerque its final run of the night in the third inning.
Siri named Skeeters Player of the Month
Earlier in the day, Sugar Land outfielder Jose Siri was named the Skeeters May Player of the Month prior to Tuesday’s game. He finished the month hitting .354 (29x82) with five home runs and 31 RBIs. He leads all of Minor League Baseball with 31 RBIs. He’s also tied for third in Triple A West with 13 extra-base hits and tied for second with eight doubles.
Kelly moves from Corpus to Sugar Land
Prior to Monday’s game, the RHP Michael Kelly was transferred from Corpus Christi to Sugar Land. Kelly went 2-0 with a 1.69 ERA (1 ER/5.1 IP) in six relief appearances for the Hooks this season. Kelly signed a minor league deal with the Astros on May 11. San Diego selected Kelly in the first round (48th overall) in the 2011 MLB Draft. Along with the Astros and San Diego, he’s appeared within the minor league system for Baltimore.
Conine dealing on the mound
Brett Conine has won four straight decisions to open the season. He is tied for fourth in Triple A with a 0.95 ERA, tied for second with four wins, fourth in opponent’s batting average (.167) and seventh in WHIP (0.95).
Next series: at OKC
Following a Wednesday off day, the Skeeters will begin a six-game road series at 7:05 p.m. on Thursday against the Oklahoma City Dodgers.