York Revolution (42-40) vs. Sugar Land Skeeters (54-29)
LHP Robert Carson (7-4, 2.76 ERA) vs. LHP James Russell (4-3, 2.63 ERA)
Tuesday, July 31, 2018 • Constellation Field • 7:05 p.m.
LAST TIME OUT: The Skeeters fell to the Revolution on Monday night by a score of 7-6 in Game 4 of their seven-game series, knotting the series up at 2-2. Pat McCoy took the loss in relief for the Skeeters after allowing three runs on two hits without recording an out. Junior Rincon collected the win for the Revolution and Grant Sides collected the save. Juan Silverio hit a three-run homer in the seventh to account for all of the Skeeters' RBIs in the loss.
JUAN OF A KIND: Juan Silverio homered in Monday's loss, also driving in three runs, and has hit four home runs and three doubles to go with seven RBIs through his first 10 games with the Skeeters. The 27-year-old has hit .289 (11-for-38) through his first 10 games with the Skeeters. The Skeeters signed Silverio on July 19 and he last appeared at the professional level in 2016 in the Mexican League, spending time with Veracruz and Tabasco and hitting a combined .266 with five home runs and 17 RBIs in 38 games. He last appeared at the affiliated level in 2014 with Double-A Pensacola (CIN).
HEAT OF JULY: The Skeeters have gone 16-8 in July, which is the second-best July record in the Atlantic League, trailing just Somerset (20-6). The Skeeters lead the league with 30 home runs in July and are second in the league with a 3.05 staff ERA this month. Courtney Hawkins and Barrett Barnes have each hit five home runs this month, placing them in a tie for the third-most in the league over that span. Hawkins has also hit .361 (30-for-83) while Albert Cordero has hit .298 (25-for-84) with four home runs and 19 RBIs in 23 games. Matt Sergey has gone 3-0 with a 1.61 ERA in five July starts and Kraig Sitton owns a 2.81 ERA through seven appearances (three starts), spanning 16 innings pitched.
DENIS THE MENACE: Denis Phipps is in the midst of a five-game hitting streak (9-for-20, .450) and is 13-for-31 (.419) with a home run and eight RBIs over his last 10 games. Phipps went 3-for-5 with a grand slam and six RBIs in last Thursday's victory at New Britain, tying the Skeeters' single-game RBI record. The Skeeters have seen a player reach the six-RBI mark in a game three times in franchise history prior to Thursday, with the last time coming from Jeff Dominguez on September 9, 2016, in a game against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs. Patrick Palmeiro is responsible for the other two six-RBI games in Skeeters history (6/16/2016 at Lancaster; 9/17/2015 at Camden).
THEFT PAYS: Alvaro Rondon stole two bases in Monday's loss, giving him 22 on the season and Anthony Giansanti stole a base as well, giving him 21 on the season. Rondon ranks fifth in the Atlantic League with his stolen bases and Anthony Giansanti is tied for sixth in the league with his 21 stolen bases. The Skeeters as a team rank third in the league with 85 stolen bases. Giansanti is 10 stolen bases away from matching his professional career high of 31, which he set in 2017 with the Skeeters. Rondon stole a career-high 60 bases last season with the Texas AirHogs of the American Association but his 22 stolen bases constitute the second-most in a single season in his five-year professional career.
ALUMNI REPORT: The Skeeters have had nine players from their 2018 roster have their contract purchased from Major League organizations, which matches the franchise's single-season record. Right-hander Mitch Talbot is 3-4 with a 2.97 ERA in 12 appearances (11 starts) with Triple-A Columbus (CLE). Left-hander Hunter Cervenka owns a 1.38 ERA through 13 relief appearances with Triple-A Toledo (DET), striking out 18 batters through 13 innings. Danny Reynolds is 2-0 with a 3.80 ERA in 16 relief appearances with Double-A Biloxi (MIL), striking out 20 batters through 21 1/3 innings. Infielder Rey Navarro has hit .255 with nine home runs and 26 RBIs in 45 games with Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre.
ATLANTIC LEAGUE LEADERS: The Skeeters enter Monday's game with a 54-28 record, leading Somerset by 3 1/2 games for the best record in the Atlantic League. The Skeeters hold a 3 1/2-game lead over the Revolution for first place in the second-half Freedom Division standings, which matches their largest first-place divisional lead of the second half. The Skeeters clinched the first-half Freedom Division title with a 41-22 first-half record, securing the second first-half title in franchise history, and the first since 2013.
HAWK AND CHAVY: Matt Chavez is second in the Atlantic League with 104 hits this season and is five hits away from matching his career high of 109 hits, which he set in 2017 with the Wichita Wignuts of the American Association. Chavez is also fifth in the league in hitting (.323), tied for second with 18 doubles and tied for sixth with 46 RBIs. Courtney Hawkins is tied for the league lead with 17 home runs and is two home runs from matching his career high of 19 home runs, which he set in 2013 and '14 with High-A Winston-Salem (CHW). Hawkins also leads the Atlantic League with 63 RBIs, which are second-most single-season RBIs in his seven-season professional career. His career high in RBIs came in 2014 with High-A Winston-Salem (84).
2018 VS. YORK: The Skeeters have gone 10-6 against the Revolution this season, going 4-3 at Constellation Field and 6-3 at PeoplesBank Park. The Skeeters have hit .255/.346/.386 with 16 home runs against the Revs while the pitching staff owns a 3.01 ERA, striking out 127 batters to 45 walks in 131 2/3 innings pitched. Derek Norris has hit .346 (18-for-52) with two home runs and nine RBIs in 15 games against York, Matt Chavez has hit .315 (17-for-54) with two homers and seven RBIs in 15 games and Barrett Barnes has hit .279 (12-for-43) with three homers and 12 RBIs in 14 games.
COCO LOCO: Albert Cordero went 1-for-3 with two RBIs in last Thursday's win at New Britain, giving him 44 RBIs on the year to match his professional career high in his 11th professional season. Cordero originally set his career high of 44 RBIs in 2011 while playing with Single-A Savannah (NYM). Cordero's 10 home runs on the 2018 season also constitute a professional career high, surpassing his previous career high of eight while playing for the Kingsport Mets of the Appalachian League. Cordero has collected his 10 home runs and 44 RBIs in 76 games this year. Through his first two seasons with the Skeeters (2016-17), Cordero had five homers and 49 RBIs in 158 games.