Minor League Baseball announced that Sugar Land Skeeters right-hander Brett Conine was named Triple A West Pitcher of the Month for May.

Conine went 4-0 with a 0.95 ERA in four games (three starts) to open the season, which were his first four career appearances at the Triple A level. He is Triple A West’s ERA leader and leads the league in wins, opponent batting average (.167) and WHIP (0.95).

MLB Pipeline rates the 24-year-old as the Astros’ No. 21 prospect.

Shaver promoted from Double-A

Prior to Wednesday’s game, infielder Colton Shaver was assigned to the Skeeters from Corpus Christi (AA). Shaver began the season with the Skeeters and went 0-for-4 through one game. He has hit .118 (4-for-34) with a home run and RBI in 11 games with the Hooks.

Skeeters fall to Dodgers in series opener

The Sugar Land Skeeters dropped the opener of their road trip to the Oklahoma City Dodgers 8-1 Thursday night at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. The loss snapped the Skeeters’ four-game winning streak.

Jose Siri put the Skeeters out in front in the first inning on an RBI double down the left-field line, extending his Triple A RBI lead to 32 on the season.

Right-hander Chad Donato, making his Skeeters and Triple A debut, allowed six runs on six hits through 3 2/3 innings and was handed the losing decision. Right-hander Brandon Bielak was also making his Skeeters debut and allowed two runs on three hits through 1 2/3 innings.

Carlos Asuajue and Luke Raley each drove in a pair of runs for Oklahoma City.

Sugar Land 1 of top teams in Triple A

Despite Thursday’s loss, Sugar Land has won 10 of its last 12 games, and its .708 winning percentage is second in all of Triple A and fourth in MiLB.

This week’s schedule

The Skeeters will wrap up its six-game series in Oklahoma City on Tuesday, then will begin a six-game series at Constellation Field against the Round Rock Express beginning on Thursday.

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