Monday, June 25, 2012

Sugar Land drops a heartbreaker, 6-5 to Camden Riversharks

The Skeeters will continue the six-game series against
Camden on Tuesday evening at 7:05 p.m.
Photo by Robert H Kelly-TexSport Publications,
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By Robert H Kelly
Copyright 2012 TexSport Publications

SUGAR LAND, TEXAS (June 25, 2012) The Sugar Land Skeeters gave up five runs in the third inning to drop a tough game to the Camden Riversharks 6-5 in the fourth game of their current six-game home stand.

The Skeeters did get on the board first in the second inning on a single by catcher Octavio Martinez; scoring first baseman Josh Pressley from third base.

Third baseman Ofilio Castro also scored on a Luis Figueroa sacrifice fly to center field.

The Riversharks’ bats came alive in the third inning, scoring five runs on five hits to take the lead and hold it until the end of the game.

Shortstop Jake Eigsti sent left fielder Eduardo Perez home from third off a single through the middle to leadoff the scoring.

Eigsti scored next when center fielder Chris Walker tripled to deep right field.

Felix then came to bat and on a 2-0 pitch, connected on a slider from right handed pitcher Michael Nix to send the ball over the left field wall; scoring three RBI on his second home run of the season.

Camden came back to score another run in the eighth inning when catcher Raul Padron got to second on a 1-1 pitch, scoring Brian Burgamy from first base to take the score to 6-4.

The Skeeters cut the Camden lead to three when Castro knocked a triple to the corner of right field, scoring Pressley from second.

They further cut the Rivershark’s lead to two when Castro scored on a Steve Moss sacrifice to center field.

It looked like the Skeeters would make a comeback in the bottom of the ninth inning when Jason Lane hit solid double down the right side to score Miguel Negron.

Pressley, who game to the plate with the chance to win the game, was intentionally walked by relief pitcher John Lujan in order to get to Castro.

Castro was putout on a 4-3 play to end the game on a close call by first base umpire Ronnie Whitting.

Starting pitcher Ricky Brooks got the win, pitching six innings and giving up two runs off seven hits. He improved to 4-1 for the season with a 2.56 ERA.

Lujan got the save, pitching one inning in relief

Nix was credited with the loss, giving up five runs, six hits while striking out two. His ERA dropped to 8.64 for the season.

Pressley had a great night at the plate; going four-for-four with doubles and two singles, and scoring twice.

His two doubles were his sixth and seventh of the season.

With the win, the Riversharks go to 27-29 on the season, while the Skeeters fall to 24-33.

Both teams will face off for the fifth game of the current series at 7:05 p.m. on Tuesday.

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