Sugar Land Skeeters (58-31) vs. Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (35-52)
RHP Yasutomo Kubo (1-0, 2.59 ERA) vs. RHP Brett Marshall (4-7, 4.75 ERA)
Wednesday, August 8, 2018 • Regency Furniture Stadium • 4:00 p.m.
LAST TIME OUT: Prior to Monday's off day and Tuesday's rainout, the Skeeters finished out their three game series at Lancaster with a 7-0 victory. James Russell threw seven scoreless innings to pick up the win while Jonathan Albaladejo took the loss for Lancaster. Matt Chavez went 3-for-5 with a home run and four RBIs and Derek Norris went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs.
LET'S PLAY TWO: The Skeeters are scheduled to play their fourth doubleheader of the season on Wednesday at Southern Maryland. The Skeeters enter Wednesday having gone 2-4 this season on days in which they've played a doubleheader and are scheduled to play their third doubleheader in the last 18 days. The Skeeters dropped both games of a doubleheader on Aug. 5 at Lancaster (5-2, 8-3), which was the second time they lost both games of a doubleheader this season. The Skeeters also lost both legs of a doubleheader at Somerset on June 6 by scores of 5-2 and 3-4. They also won both games of a doubleheader on July 22 at York, winning 12-2 and 5-1. The combined 17 runs between the two games on July 22 were the second-most scored in a doubleheader in franchise history. The most combined runs in a doubleheader were 19 in a doubleheader on May 10, 2013, at Camden.
SHUT-DOWN: The Skeeters picked up their 10th shutout win of the season with Sunday's victory and lead the Atlantic League in shutout wins. The Skeeters' 10-4 record in shutout contests this season also leads the league. Prior to Sunday, the Skeeters last shutout was also a 7-0 win, coming on July 25 at New Britain. Only two of the Skeeters' shutouts this season have come on the road.
HOT CHAVY: Skeeters first baseman Matt Chavez has a hit in 18 of 23 games since the Atlantic League All-Star Break, including eight multi-hit games, and has gone 31-for-91 (.341) with three home runs and 13 RBIs over that span. Chavez went 3-for-5 with a home runs and season-high four RBIs in Sunday's win against the Barnstormers. Chavez, a 2018 Atlantic League All-Star, leads the Skeeters with 11 games with at least three hits this season and is fourth in the league in hitting (.331) and tied for seventh in RBIs (52).
WE KNOW YOU: Former Skeeters right-hander Brett Marshall is slated to start Wednesday's series opener for Southern Maryland. The former Major Leaguer began the 2018 season with the Skeeters and had appeared with the team in each of the last four seasons before being released on June 13. Marshall went 2-3 with a 5.19 ERA through nine starts with the Skeeters this season and was and was 19-17 with a 3.24 ERA in 57 games (54 starts) in his Skeeters career. He was a member of the Skeeters' 2016 Atlantic League Championship club, making one start in the 2016 postseason, and ranks fourth in Skeeters history with 19 career wins, fourth with 54 career starts, fourth with 305 innings pitched and fourth with 212 career strikeouts.
HAWK'S NEST: Courtney Hawkins went 1-for-4 with an RBI in Sunday's win and leads the Atlantic League with 71 RBIs. Hawkins is also second in the league with 18 home runs. He's hit .412 (28-for-68) with five home runs and 24 RBIs over his last 19 games. He's also driven in a run in 10 of his last 15 games. Hawkins' 18 home runs are one shy of his professional career high of 19 homers, which he's done twice, with the last time coming in 2014 with High-A Winston-Salem (CHW). Delwyn Young owns the Skeeters single-season RBI record with 88 RBIs, which he accomplished in 2014. Jeremy Barfield holds the team's single-season home run record with 27 home runs in 2016. Barfield is also the only player in franchise history to win the Atlantic League Player of the Year (2016).
DOUBLE-DOUBLE: The Skeeters hit two doubles in Saturday's win and lead the Atlantic League with 162 doubles as a team, with Long Island in second at 155 doubles. The Skeeters have three active players who rank inside the top ten in the league in doubles, with Matt Chavez and Derek Norris tied for fifth (19) and Courtney Hawkins tied for ninth (17). Kyle Kubitza, who announced his retirement on July 3, is still tied for fifth in the league with 19 doubles.
JUAN OF A KIND: Skeeters infielder Juan Silverio has a hit in 11 of his first 16 games with the team, going 17-for-61 (.279) with three doubles, four home runs and eight RBIs over that span. Silverio hit his four home runs through his first 10 games with the team. 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).
2018 VS. SOUTHERN MARYLAND: The Skeeters are 6-4 against the Blue Crabs this season, going 1-2 at Regency Furniture Stadium and 5-2 at Constellation Field. The Skeeters have hit .280/.376/.507 with 14 home runs against Southern Maryland while the pitching staff has owned a 4.06 ERA over 91 innings pitched. The Skeeters scored a season-high 17 runs in a 17-3 win over the Blue Crabs on May 18 at Constellation Field. Albert Cordero has hit .395 (17-for-43) with three home runs and 12 RBIs in 10 games against the Blue Crabs and Alvaro Rondon has hit .379 (11-for-29) with three doubles and four RBIs through 10 games.
BIG-LEAGUE CHOPS: The Skeeters have 13 players on their 2018 roster with Major League service time: RHP Austin Adams (CLE), RHP Dallas Beeler (CHC), RHP Vicente Campos (ARI), RHP Simon Castro (CHW, COL, OAK), RHP Jean Machi (SF, BOS, SEA), RHP Angel Nesbitt (DET), C Derek Norris (OAK, SD, TB), RHP Felipe Paulino (HOU, COL, KC, CHW), OF Denis Phipps (CIN), LHP Dan Runzler (SF, PIT), LHP James Russell (CHC, ATL, PHI), Matt West (TEX, LAD) and RHP Alex Wimmers (MIN).