York Revolution (42-42) vs. Sugar Land Skeeters (56-29)
LHP Logan Williamson (4-2, 3.23 ERA) vs. RHP Dallas Beeler (6-1, 1.89 ERA)
Thursday, August 2, 2018 • Constellation Field • 7:05 p.m.
LAST TIME OUT: The Skeeters collected a 9-3 win over the Revolution on Wednesday night to take a 4-2 edge in the seven-game series at Constellation Field. Courtney Hawkins drove in four runs on the back of a grand slam as Yasutomo Kubo picked up his first win with the Skeeters and former Major Leaguer Jonathan Sanchez took the loss.
FAREWELL, PAT: Prior to Thursday's game, Skeeters left-hander and former Major Leaguer Pat McCoy announced his retirement. McCoy, 29, threw a scoreless inning of relief in Wednesday's victory and went a combined 3-6 with a 4.83 ERA 13 appearances (six starts) between the Sugar Land Skeeters and York Revolution in 2018. He made his Major League debut in 2014 with the Detroit Tigers and went 0-0 with a 3.86 ERA through 14 appearances. McCoy was selected by the Washington Nationals in the 10th round of the 2007 MLB Draft out of Sahuaro High School (Tucson, Ariz.) and has appeared at the MiLB level with the Nationals (2007-13), Detroit Tigers (2014), Baltimore Orioles (2015), Colorado Rockies (2015) and Toronto Blue Jays (2016). He's 26-27 with a 4.55 ERA in 349 career outings (24 starts) at the affiliated level.
CONGRATS, COCO!: Albert Cordero went 0-for-4 with an RBI in Wednesday win, giving him 45 RBIs on the year to set 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 45 RBIs in 79 games this year. Through his first two seasons with the Skeeters (2016-17), Cordero had five homers and 49 RBIs in 158 games.
MVP, MVP!: Courtney Hawkins went 1-for-4 with a grand slam in Wednesday's win, giving him an Atlantic League-leading 18 home runs and 69 RBIs on the season. He's hit .381 (25-for-55) with five home runs and 21 RBIs over his last 15 games. Hawkins also ranks third in the league with a .522 slugging percentage, is tied for fifth with 52 runs and is tied for 10th with 16 doubles. 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. Jeremy Barfield holds the team's single-season home run record with 27 home runs in 2016 and is the only Skeeter to ever lead the league in home runs at the conclusion of a season. Barfield is also the only player in franchise history to win the Atlantic League Player of the Year.
GRAND SALAMI: Courtney Hawkins' grand slam on Wednesday was the seventh by the Skeeters this season, with Kyle Kubitza (two), Barrett Barnes, Derek Norris, Denis Phipps and Albert Cordero hitting the others. The Skeeters' seven grand slams are five more than any other team in the Atlantic League this season. The seven grand slams are also the second-most in a season in franchise history, with the team's single-season grand slam record coming in 2016 at eight grand slams. The Skeeters have hit .320 with 75 RBIs with the bases loaded this season , which are both second in the league, trailing Long Island in both categories (.438, 91 RBIs).
JUAN DIRECTION: Juan Silverio went 1-for-4 with two runs in Wednesday's win and has hit .304 (14-for-46) with four home runs and three doubles to go with nine RBIs through his first 12 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.
HOME SWEET HOME: The Skeeters are 38-11 at home this season, which is the best home record in the Atlantic League. The team has also won 17 of its last 20 home games, including a seven-game sweep of the Road Warriors from July 13-July 19 at Constellation Field. The Skeeters own the longest home winning streak in the Atlantic League this season at 12 games (June 27-July 19), which was the second-longest home winning streak in franchise history. The longest home winning streak in Skeeters history is 14 games, set in 2013 (August 9-29).
CHAVY CAREER HIGH: Matt Chavez went 2-for-4 in Wednesday's win, giving him 109 hits this season to match his single-season career high, which he set in 2017 with the Wichita Wignuts of the American Association. Chavez is second in the Atlantic League in hits and is also fifth in the league in hitting (.327), tied for fourth with 19 doubles and seventh with 48 RBIs.
ATLANTIC LEAGUE LEADERS: The Skeeters enter Thursday's game with a 56-29 record, leading Somerset by 5 1/2 games for the best record in the Atlantic League. The Skeeters hold a 4 1/2-game lead over the Revolution for first place in the second-half Freedom Division standings, which is 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.
2018 VS. YORK: The Skeeters have gone 12-6 against the Revolution this season, going 6-3 at Constellation Field and 6-3 at PeoplesBank Park. The Skeeters have hit .267/.362/.397 with 16 home runs against the Revs while the pitching staff owns a 3.01 ERA, striking out 148 batters to 48 walks in 149 2/3 innings pitched. Derek Norris has hit .364 (20-for-55) with two home runs and 11 RBIs in 17 games against York, Matt Chavez has hit .355 (22-for-62) with two homers and nine RBIs in 17 games
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.