Monday, June 11, 2012

Sugar Land falls to Somerset 6-3, in Atlantic League baseball play

Photo by Robert H Kelly
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By Robert H Kelly
Copyright 2012 TexSport Publications

SUGAR LAND, TEXAS (June 11, 2012) Scoring three runs in the top of the eighth inning, the Somerset Patriots dropped the Sugar Land Skeeters 6-3 in Atlantic League baseball action at Constellation Field in Sugar Land, Texas.

The Patriots first got on the scoreboard in the top of the third inning when catcher Adam Donachie scored from third base on a sacrifice fly to center field by right fielder Jonny Tucker.

The Skeeters tied the score in the bottom of the inning when shortstop Iggy Suarez connected on a 2-2 pitch to hit his first homerun of the season.

Sugar Land scored again in the fourth inning on a single by third baseman Ofilio Castro, scoring right fielder Jason Lane from second base.

They came right back in the next inning with Suarez scoring for third on a wild pitch by Derrell McCall.

The Skeeters held on until the seventh inning when the Patriots cut the lead to one on a sacrifice fly by second baseman Dan DeGeorge to score left fielder Aaron Mathews from third base.

Somerset then opened the flood gates with their bats in the eighth innings, scoring three runs on four hits to take the two run lead.

Tucker tied the score at 3-all when he scored from third base on another wild pitch.

Mathews then came to the plate and on a 2-2 pitch, knocked a single through the infield for two RBI; scoring Johnny Drennen from third base and Freddy Sandoval from second to give the Patriots a two-run lead.

The Patriots added an insurance run in the top of the ninth inning Freddie Bynum scored from second on a Jeff Nettles single.

Sugar Land attempted to come back in the bottom of the ninth inning, but left two on base when Jason lane flied out to left field to end the game.

Right hander Mike Solback got the win; pitching two innings in relief while giving up one run and a single walk.

Michael Nix was credited with the loss, pitching 2.2 innings. He gave up four runs on three hits; striking out two and walking two.

The Skeeters had 11 hits and committed two errors their three hit loss.

Somerset tallied 12 hits to score their six runs for their win.

Both teams will face of again on Tuesday, June 12 in a 7:05 p.m. CDT start to complete the six-game series.

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