The Sugar Land Skeeters picked up a 4-2 win to close out their series against the Round Rock Express on Tuesday night at Constellation Field, in a game that was called in the bottom of the fifth due to inclement weather.
After falling behind 2-0 in the top of the first, the Skeeters rattled off four unanswered runs for the win, their first since the series opener last Thursday.
Abraham Toro went 2-for-2 with a home run, double and two RBIs. It was Toro’s second home run of the year and he’s now hitting .404 (19x47) over his last 13 games. His RBI double closed out a three-run third inning.
Alex De Goti opened the scoring in the third with an RBI double. He came around to score on a single from Jake Meyers that got by Express center fielder Leody Taveras, landing Meyers on third base.
Right-hander Chad Donato pitched all five innings of the shortened game, allowing just one hit and striking out one to go with three walks.
Brock Burke got the start for Round Rock and allowed four runs on three hits through three innings. Jharel Cotton tossed a scoreless fourth inning.
Following a Wednesday off day, the Skeeters will begin a six-game series on Thursday at 7:05 p.m. against the El Paso Chihuahuas at Southwest University Park.
Stubbs, Rodriguez return to Skeeters
On Tuesday, the Houston Astros optioned catcher Garrett Stubbs and right-handed pitcher Nivaldo Rodriguez back to Sugar Land. To take their places on the active roster, the Astros activated righty Lance McCullers Jr. and catcher Jason Castro from the 10-day injured list.
Both McCullers and Castro had rehab assignments with the Skeeters last week.
Taking the lead-off
In his three games batting out of the leadoff spot this season, Alex De Goti has hit .467 (7-of-15) with a home run and three RBIs.
Ryan Hartman struck out eight batters over five innings Sunday, allowing two runs. Hartman ranks third in Triple A West in ERA (3.31), second in strikeouts (42), fourth in opponent’s batting average (.218) and third in WHIP (1.10).
Over his last two games, Miguelangel Sierra has gone 4-for-9 (.444) with a home run and three RBIs.
C.J. Hinojosa went 2-for-5 with an RBI on Sunday night. He’s hit .300 (6-of-20) with runners in scoring position this season, which is the highest average of Skeeters players with at least 20 at-bats with runners in scoring position.