York Revolution (41-40) vs. Sugar Land Skeeters (54-28)
RHP Michael Click (0-0, 1.92 ERA) vs. RHP Konner Wade (6-2, 3.61 ERA)
Monday, July 30, 2018 • Constellation Field • 7:05 p.m.
LAST TIME OUT: The Skeeters took picked up a victory in Game 3 of their series against York with a 5-3 win. Kraig Sitton picked up the win in relief for the Skeeters and Felipe Paulino collected the save. Barrett Barnes drove in two runs while Courtney Hawkins and Denis Phipps drove in runs as well. Jailen Peguero took the loss for the Skeeters.
DENIS THE MENACE: Denis Phipps went 1-for-3 with two runs and an RBI in Sunday's win and is 12-for-27 (.444) with a home run and eight RBIs over his last nine games. Phipps went 3-for-5 with a grand slam and six RBIs in 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).
HOME SWEET HOME: The Skeeters are 36-10 (.783) at home this season, which is the best home record in the Atlantic League, and have won nine of their last 10 home games. Somerset owns the second-best home record at 34-17 (.667). The Skeeters had their 12-game home winning streak snapped with Friday's loss, which is the longest home winning streak from an Atlantic League team this season. The Skeeters' longest home winning streak in franchise history is 14 games, which was set in 2013 (August 9-29)
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.
80 GAMES: The Skeeters played their 80th game of the season on Friday and their 52-28 record through 80 games is the second-best 80-game start in franchise history. The team's best record through 80 games came in 2013 when they went 56-24 through their first 80 games. The 2013 Skeeters set Atlantic League records with 95 regular-season wins and a .679 regular-season winning percentage.
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).
FEAR THE BEARD: Felipe Paulino picked up his 22nd save of the season in Sunday's win and leads the Atlantic League in the category. The former Major Leaguer has not allowed a run over his last 18 appearances, spanning 18 innings pitched. The 18-inning scoreless streak is the longest scoreless streak from a Skeeters reliever this season, surpassing Danny Reynolds, who threw 15 scoreless innings before having his contract purchased by the Milwaukee Brewers on June 1. Paulino's 0.48 ERA is the lowest of any pitcher in the league with at least 30 innings pitched. The former Major Leaguer has also struck out 43 batters over his last 22 outings (23.1 IP). Derrick Loop set the Skeeters' single-season saves record in 2016 with 32, not including four saves in the 2016 postseason.
SITTON' 'EM DOWN: Kraig Sitton threw two scoreless innings of relief in Sunday's win and has not allowed a run over his last 10 relief appearances, spanning 13 innings pitched. Sitton has struck out 10 batters to three walks while allowing just six hits over that span. Outside of appearances against Somerset on May 6 and May 22, Sitton owns a 0.62 ERA through 28 relief appearances this season. Sitton has also made three starts this season and has gone 0-0 with a 3.75 ERA through those starts.
2018 VS. YORK: The Skeeters have gone 10-5 against the Revolution this season, going 4-2 at Constellation Field and 6-3 at PeoplesBank Park. The Skeeters have hit .259/.350/.393 with 15 home runs against the Revs while the pitching staff owns a 2.72 ERA, striking out 119 batters to 44 walks in 122 2/3 innings pitched. Derek Norris has hit .347 (17-for-49) with two home runs and nine RBIs in 14 games against York, Matt Chavez has hit .333 (17-for-51) with two homers and seven RBIs in 14 games and Barrett Barnes has hit .308 (12-for-39) with three homers and 12 RBIs in 13 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.
MUCH-NEEDED BREAK: The Skeeters have gone 13-3 since the All-Star Break, which is the best record of any team in the Atlantic League over that span. The Skeeters have outscored opponents 88-34 since coming out of the break and have 10-plus hits in eight of the 16 games.
OUCH: Barrett Barnes was hit by his 12th pitch this season in Sunday's win and leads the Atlantic League in the category. Barnes' 12 hit by pitches are also the second most in a single-season in Skeeters history, with 14 hit by pitches in 2013. Barnes, who's tied for sixth in the league with a .399 on-base percentage, is also second in the league with 48 walks.