York Revolution (42-41) vs. Sugar Land Skeeters (55-29)
LHP Jonathan Sanchez (0-0, 3.37 ERA) vs. RHP Yasutomo Kubo (0-0, 1.50 ERA)
Wednesday, August 1, 2018 • Constellation Field • 7:05 p.m.
LAST TIME OUT: The Skeeters picked up a 10-3 victory over the Revolution on Tuesday night, giving them a 3-2 edge in the seven-game series. James Russell collected the win for the Skeeters, allowing two runs over six innings of work while striking out five without a walk. Robert Carson took the loss for York as Anthony Giansanti, Courtney Hawkins, Matt Chavez and Derek Norris each drove in two runs in the win.
HEAT OF JULY: The Skeeters finished July at 17-8, which is the second-best July record in the Atlantic League, trailing just Somerset (20-7). It was the Skeeters' best record for a month this season outside of April when the team went 4-0. The Skeeters led the league with 30 home runs in July and were second in the league with a 3.05 staff ERA. Courtney Hawkins and Barrett Barnes each hit five home runs this month, placing them in a tie for the third-most in the league over that span. Hawkins also hit .379 (33-for-87) with a .451 on-base percentage and .598 slugging percentage to go with 21 RBIs. Matt Chavez finished the month with a .313 average (31-for-99) with three doubles, four home runs and 13 RBIs. Matt Sergey went 3-0 with a 1.61 ERA in five July starts and Kraig Sitton owned a 2.81 ERA through seven appearances (three starts), spanning 16 innings pitched.
HAWK'S NEST: Courtney Hawkins drove in two runs in Tuesday's victory to give him 65 RBIs on the season, which leads the Atlantic League. Hawkins has 12 RBIs over his last 10 games and has driven in a run in 10 of his last 16 games. Along with leading the league in RBIs, Hawkins is also tied for the league lead with 17 home runs and is third in the league with a .515 slugging percentage. Delwyn Young owns the Skeeters single-season RBI record with 88 RBIs in 2014. The Skeeters have never had a player lead the Atlantic League in RBIs at the conclusion of a season
LATE-INNING LOCKDOWN: The Skeeters are 45-3 this season when leading after five innings, which is the best record in that scenario in the Atlantic League. The Skeeters also lead the league with a 46-1 record when leading after six innings, a 48-2 record when leading after seven innings and are second in the league with a 48-1 record when leading after eight innings. The Skeeters bullpen owns a 2.75 ERA through 304 2/3 innings pitched this year, striking out 319 batters in that span.
GIANSANITY: Anthony Giansanti stole two bases in Tuesday's win, giving him 23 on the season. Giansanti's 23 stolen bases places him in a tie for third in the Atlantic League. The Skeeters as a team rank third in the league with 88 stolen bases. Giansanti is eight stolen bases away from matching his professional career high of 31, which he set in 2017 with the Skeeters. Giansanti has stolen at least 20 bases in back-to-back seasons for the first time in his nine-year professional career.
DOUBLE-DOUBLE: The Skeeters hit three doubles in Tuesday's win and lead the Atlantic League with 150 doubles as a team. Long Island is second in the league with 140 doubles. The Skeeters have three active players who rank in the top 10 in the league in doubles, with Matt Chavez tied for second (19), Derek Norris tied for seventh (17) and Courtney Hawkins tied for 10th (16). Kyle Kubitza, who announced his retirement on July 3, is still tied for second in the league with 19 doubles. Kevin Ahrens (2017) and Bubba Bell (2012) own the Skeeters single-season record with 35 doubles.
ATLANTIC LEAGUE LEADERS: The Skeeters enter Wednesday's game with a 55-29 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 in the second half. The Skeeters clinched the first-half Freedom Division title with a 41-22 first-half record, securing their second first-half title in franchise history, and the first since 2013.
JUAN OF A KIND: Juan Silverio went 2-for-4 with a run and two RBIs in Tuesday's win and has hit four home runs and three doubles to go with nine RBIs through his first 11 games with the Skeeters. The 27-year-old has hit .310 (13-for-42) through his first 11 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).
CAREER YEAR: Matt Chavez is second in the Atlantic League with 107 hits this season and is two 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 sixth in the league in hitting (.325), tied for second with 19 doubles and tied for sixth with 48 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).
2018 VS. YORK: The Skeeters have gone 11-6 against the Revolution this season, going 5-3 at Constellation Field and 6-3 at PeoplesBank Park. The Skeeters have hit .264/.355/.393 with 16 home runs against the Revs while the pitching staff owns a 3.01 ERA, striking out 138 batters to 45 walks in 140 2/3 innings pitched. Derek Norris has hit .364 (20-for-55) with two home runs and 11 RBIs in 16 games against York, Matt Chavez has hit .345 (20-for-58) with two homers and nine RBIs in 16 games and Barrett Barnes has hit .298 (14-for-47) with three homers and 114 RBIs in 15 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 in 2010. Cordero has collected his 10 home runs and 44 RBIs in 78 games this year. Through his first two seasons with the Skeeters (2016-17), Cordero had five homers and 49 RBIs in 158 games.