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SUGAR LAND, TEXAS (August 9, 2013) The Sugar Land Skeeters erupted at the plate scoring 10 runs in the first three innings to down the Long Island Ducks 11-3 in the first game of their current five-game series at Constellation Field in the Houston suburb of Sugar Land on Friday, August 9, 2013.
The Skeeters scored four runs in the first inning and followed up with three more in both the second and third to jump out to their 10-0 lead at the end of three innings.
They added an additional run in the sixth before the Ducks got on the board on a Ralph Henriquez sacrifice fly to center field; scoring P.J. Phillips from third base.
They added two more in the eighth inning to close out their scoring.
The Skeeters added an insurance run in the sixth inning to add to their scoring blitz.
Ryan Langerhans went 2-for-3 with two runs and one RBI, while Jeff Dominguez went 2-for-3 with three runs and one RBI.
In fact, six Skeeters got hits with six also scoring runs.
Reid Gorecki connected for his eighth home run of the season in the first inning on a 2-1 pitch, driving the ball over the left field wall and into the Deeter Mazda Picnic Plaza.
Winning pitcher Greg Aquino pitched seven complete innings, giving up one earned run on five hits while striking out four and raising his ERA to 3.58.
Nick DeBarr was credited with the loss; his ninth of the season.
He gave up 10 runs, nine of their earned, on seven hits, and dropped his ERA to 6.96.
The Skeeters, now 71-33 for the season and 24-10 in the second half, continue to lead the Freedom Division of the Atlantic League with a one-game lead over the Somerset Patriots.
In the second half, the Skeeters lead the division with a three game lead over the Lancaster Barnstormers.
Game two of the current series will continue on Saturday, August 10 with a 6:05 p.m. CDT start.