Game Notes - September 26 vs. Long Island

Long Island Ducks (69-57, 0-1) vs. Sugar Land Skeeters (81-45, 1-0)

RHP Matt Larkins (7-5, 4.55 ERA) vs. RHP Konner Wade (8-6, 3.09 ERA)

Wednesday, September 26th, 2018 • Constellation Field • 7:05 p.m. CT

GAME 1: The Skeeters took down the Long Island Ducks in Game 1 of the Atlantic League Championship Series on Tuesday night at Constellation Field by a score of 5-4 in 13 innings. Javier Betancourt sent the Skeeters to the victory with a walk-off sacrifice fly. The Skeeters rallied to tie the game at 4-4 in the eighth inning on an RBI single from Tony Thomas and RBI double from Derek Norris. Anthony Giansanti got the Skeeters on the board in the fifth with an RBI single and Juan Silverio followed with sac-fly. Michael Mariot picked up the win for the Skeeters, who used nine pitchers on the night, while Hector Silvestre took the loss for Long Island.

EXTRA, EXTRA: The Skeeters 13-inning, 5-4 win over the Long Island Ducks in the Atlantic League Championship Series matched the longest playoff game in terms of innings in Skeeters postseason history. The Skeeters suffered a 13-inning, 8-7 loss at Lancaster on October, 3, 2014, in the Atlantic League Championship Series. The Skeeters win on Tuesday lasted 4 hours and 57 minutes, making it the longest game in terms of time in Skeeters postseason history. The previous high had been the game at Lancaster on October 3, 2014, which lasted 4 hours and 40 minutes. The Skeeters are 3-2 all time in extra-inning games in their postseason history.

CARDIAC SKEETERS: After erasing a four-run deficit to clinch the Freedom Division Championship with a 10-6 win in Game 5 on Sunday over Lancaster, the Skeeters erased a 3-0 lead from Long Island on Tuesday to win Game 1 of the ALCS. The Skeeters' have won three straight games, with all of them coming in come-from-behind fashion. The Skeeters' four-run comeback on Sunday night was their second-largest in their postseason history. The Skeeters' largest comeback in postseason history was a seven-run comeback to beat York, 10-9, in Game 2 of the FDCS on September 21, 2016.

WALK ME OFF: The Skeeters' have won back-to-back games in walk-off style, which are the first two walk-off postseason wins in team history. Tony Thomas delivered a walk-off win Sunday with a grand slam in the 10th inning of Game 5 of the Freedom Division Championship Series before Javier Betancourt delivered a walk-off sac-fly on Tuesday.

WHO'S HOT?: Through the first six games of the 2018 postseason, Anthony Giansanti has gone 11-for-26 (.423) with five runs, two doubles, a home run and four RBIs. Derek Norris has gone 9-for-23 (.391) with three runs, two doubles and five RBIs, Juan Silverio has gone 10-for-26 (.385) with five runs, a double, a homer and four RBIs and Tony Thomas has gone 8-for-25 (.320) with four runs, a double, a home run and six RBIs.

VS. LONG ISLAND: The Skeeters went 8-10 against the Long Island Ducks this season and they were the only team in the Atlantic League the Skeeters held a losing record against in 2018. The Skeeters hit .234/.312/.339 against the Ducks in 2018 while the pitching staff owned a 3.68 ERA (159 IP). The Skeeters own a 68-68 all-time regular-season record against the Ducks and are 4-0 against Long Island all time in the postseason, with all three previous meetings coming in the 2016 Atlantic League Championship Series.

FDCS CHAMPS: The Skeeters have advanced to the Atlantic League Championship Series by winning the Freedom Division Championship for the third time in franchise history and first time since 2016, when they beat the Long Island Ducks in three games for their first -- and only -- league title. The Skeeters' other trip to the ALCS came in 2014 when they were defeated by the Barnstormers in three games. The Skeeters are 4-3 all time in the ALCS. Derrick Loop is the only member of the 2018 Skeeters who was on the Skeeters' postseason roster in 2016 and he was 0-0 with four saves and a 3.85 ERA through five games (4.2 IP) in the 2016 playoffs.

YOU WANT TO TALK PLAYOFFS?: The Skeeters are making their fourth trip to the postseason in the franchise's seven-year history (2018, 2016, 2014, 2013). The Skeeters are 14-10 in the postseason in franchise history. They entered the postseason after an 81-45 record, which was seven games ahead of the Barnstormers for the best record in the Atlantic League this season.

ALL THE HALVES: The Skeeters won both the first-half and second-half Freedom Division titles this season, joining the 2013 Skeeters as the only other team in franchise history to win both titles They were the first two Freedom Division titles under first-year manager Pete Incaviglia. The Skeeters have won five Freedom Division title in franchise history: 2013 (first and second half), 2016 (second half), 2018 (first and second half).

BIG-LEAGUE CHOPS: The Skeeters have nine players on their 2018 postseason roster with Major League service time: RHP Dallas Beeler (CHC), RHP Jorge De Leon (HOU), RHP Jean Machi (SF, BOS, SEA), RHP Michael Mariot (KC, PHI), C Derek Norris (OAK, SD, TB), OF Denis Phipps (CIN), LHP Dan Runzler (SF, PIT), LHP James Russell (CHC, ATL, PHI), RHP Matt West (TEX, LAD) and RHP Alex Wimmers (MIN).

“SHOW” TIME: The Skeeters have had 12 players from their 2018 roster have their contract purchased by Major League Baseball organizations, which is the franchise's single-season record: RHP Austin Adams (Minnesota Twins), RHP Logan Bawcom (Los Angeles Dodgers), RHP Dallas Beeler (Kansas City Royals), LHP Hunter Cervenka (Detroit Tigers), RHP Alejandro Chacin (Cincinnati Reds), RHP Casey Coleman (Chicago Cubs), LHP Matt Gage (New York Mets), OF Courtney Hawkins (Cincinnati Reds), INF Rey Navarro (New York Yankees), RHP Danny Reynolds (Milwaukee Brewers), LHP Paco Rodriguez (Minnesota Twins) and RHP Mitch Talbot (Cleveland Indians).

WHAT A YEAR: The Skeeters ended their season at 81-45, which was the second-best regular-season record in team history. The best record in Skeeters history came in 2013 (95-45) when the Skeeters set Atlantic League records in regular-season wins and winning percentage (.679). The Skeeters eclipsed 80 wins for just the second time in the franchise's seven-year history. Along with 2013, the Skeeters also reached 80 wins in 2014, but both of those 80- win campaigns came in 140-game regular seasons while there are just 126 games in the 2018 regular season.

RECORDS GALORE: The Skeeters set single-season team records in batting average (.273), on-base percentage (.349) and ERA (3.11). The team's previous records for batting average and on-base percentage came in 2016 (.267/.333) and the previous ERA record came in 2013 (3.20). The Skeeters ended the regular season leading the league in on-base percentage, which was the first time in team history that they led the league in on-base percentage. The Skeeters also led the league in ERA, which was fourth time in team history that they led the league in ERA (2018, 2017, 2014, 2013).

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