The Sugar Land Skeeters won their second-straight game for the first time since August 5 with a 7-5 victory over the Bridgeport Bluefish. The win surges the Skeeters to 16-23 in the second half and 52-57 overall.
Sean Gallagher earned his second-straight win, improving to 3-9 on the season. The right-hander went 6.0 innings, allowing four runs overall and three earned runs on seven hits with two walks and four strikeouts.
Much like the first two games of the series, the Bluefish took an early lead in the top of the first. Bryan Sabatella drew a walk to open the contest and Josh Prince hit a double off the left field wall to put a pair of Bluefish in scoring position. Welington Dotel picked up an RBI on a groundout to second with Prince holding at second. Wilson Batista singled into right to put runners on the corners before a sacrifice fly from John Alonso moved the score to 2-0.
The Skeeters cut the deficit in half in the bottom of the first. Jeff Dominguez drew a walk to open the inning and immediately stole second. A high throw from the catcher allowed Dominguez to move to third. Travis Scott tied the career doubles record for Sugar Land with a two-bagger into the right-center alley, pushing in Dominguez and cutting the score to 2-1.
Bridgeport answered the Skeeters early run, expanding the lead back to two in the top of the second. Ethan Chapman pulled a one-out double down the right field line and advanced to third on an error in the infield by Kevin Russo. Following a strikeout, Dotel pulled a single through the left-side of the infield allowing Chapman to cross the plate and push the score to 3-1.
Sugar Land utilized several miscues in the bottom of the third to claim their first lead of the night. Scott drew a one-out walk and Delwyn Young reached on an error before Daryle Ward loaded the bases with a single into center. A wild pitch brought home the first run of the frame and Chris Wallace hit a chopper in front of the plate. A high throw from the pitcher allowed two runs to score and Wallace to move up to third. Russo singled deep in the hole at short to plate Wallace and inflate the score to 5-3.
The Bluefish scratched across a run in the top of the fourth to trim the lead to two on Dotel’s third RBI of the night, but the Skeeters quickly answered to again expand the lead. Young and Willy Taveras each poked singles into the outfield and advanced on a wild pitch to put a pair in scoring position. Wallace lifted a sacrifice fly to center to score Young and move the lead to 6-4.
Bridgeport added an unearned run in the top of the eighth against Robbie Weinhardt, but Johan Limonta blasted a solo shot to left in the bottom of the inning to push the lead back to two runs, 7-5.
Derrick Loop worked his 21st-straight scoreless outing with a 1-2-3 ninth inning. The southpaw induced a 5-4-3 double play for the second-straight night in the Skeeters 7-5 victory.
The full box score can be found online at http://www.pointstreak.com/baseball/boxscore.html?gameid=269952.
The Skeeters continue the seven-game homestand tomorrow evening at Constellation Field against Bridgeport. First pitch with the Bluefish is slated for 7:05 p.m. with gates opening at 6. Watch all the action at home on ESPN3.com. Season tickets and special game plans are still available for the 2015 campaign. Sign up today by calling the box office at 281-240-4487 to join the swarm.
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