Sugar Land Skeeters (76-39, 35-17) vs. Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (45-68, 19-31)
RHP Dallas Beeler (7-2, 2.23 ERA) vs. RHP Kyle Drabek (0-0, 1.28 ERA)
Wednesday, September 5th, 2018 • Regency Furniture Stadium • 5:35 p.m. CT
LAST TIME OUT: The Skeeters picked up a win in their series opener at Southern Maryland with a 4-3 victory in 11 innings on Monday night at Regency Furniture Stadium. Albert Cordero drove in the go-ahead run in the 11th win an RBI single. Mark Haynes collected the win for the Skeeters and Dan Runzler notched the save. Cody Eppley took the loss for the Blue Crabs.
TRUE ROAD WARRIORS: Following Tuesday's win, the Skeeters' road record moved to 26-22 (.542), which leads the Atlantic League. The Skeeters have won seven of their last nine road games, outscoring opponents 64-36 over that stretch. The Skeeters' top road record came in 2013 (45-24, .652), which was the only time in the franchise's history that it led the Atlantic League in road winning percentage.
EXTRA, EXTRA: The Skeeters' extra-inning contest on Tuesday was the team's 10th extra-inning game of the season and they've gone 7-3 in extra-inning games this year. The Skeeters have gone 5-3 in extra-inning games on the road this year. The team's 7-3 record in extra-inning games this season is the fourth-best extra-inning record in the Atlantic League.
DAN THE MAN: Dan Runzler picked up the save in Tuesday's win, throwing a scoreless 11th inning while striking out three. Runzler has allowed just three runs (two earned) over his last 15 outings (15.1 IP), striking out 18 batters over that stretch. It was the fifth save in the Skeeters career of Runzler, who first joined the team in 2016. It was Runzler's first save with the Skeeters since August 18, 2016.
MATTer OF FACT: Skeeters first baseman Matt Chavez is second in the Atlantic League with a .330 batting average and is in the midst of a six-game hitting streak, going 8-for-20 (.400) with a double, triple, home run and six RBIs throughout the streak. Chavez is also second in the league in hits (145), tied for fifth with 71 RBIs and is eighth with 21 doubles. Chavez's 19 RBIs over the last 30 days are for the fifth-most in the Atlantic League over that stretch. Chavez is on pace to set the Skeeters record for a qualifying batting average to end a season, surpassing Ricky Hague's .311 batting average in 2016. Chavez's 142 hits are fourth-most in a single season in Skeeters history. Anthony Godwin owns the Skeeters' single-season hits record, with 157 hits in 2013.
THE PUNISHER: Skeeters right-hander Mark Haynes threw a scoreless inning in Tuesday's win and has allowed just two runs over his first 18 2/3 innings pitched this season (0.96 ERA), striking out 22 batters and allowing just seven hits over that span. Out of 19 appearances this season, Haynes has struck out a batter in 13 of them.
JUAN OF A KIND: Through his first 40 games with the Skeeters, Juan Silverio has hit .312/.353/.487 with 10 doubles, five home runs and 27 RBIs. Silverio has a hit in 20 of his last 22 games, going 29-for-85 (.341) with a home run and 19 RBIs over that span.
2018 VS. SOUTHERN MARYLAND: The Skeeters are 12-5 against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs this season, going 7-3 at Constellation Field and 5-2 at Regency Furniture Stadium. The Skeeters have hit .289/.378/.493 with 25 home runs in 17 games against Southern Maryland while the pitching staff owns a 3.20 ERA (152 IP).
CRAB DINNER: Alvaro Rondon has hit .360 (18-for-50) with three doubles, two triples and seven RBIs in 16 games against the Blue Crabs this season. Anthony Giansanti has hit .343 (23-for-67) with five doubles, four home runs and 15 RBIs in 17 games and Albert Cordero has hit .343 (23-for-67) with three home runs and 15 RBIs in 16 games. Kraig Sitton is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA (10 IP) through seven games (one start) against the Blue Crabs.
AMAZING AUGUST: The Skeeters ended August with a 19-8 record, which led the Atlantic League. The Skeeters also led the league with a 3.00 ERA and a .300 batting average during the month. Excluding April, the Skeeters' .300 batting average was the highest of any month this season and the 3.00 ERA was the second-lowest of any month, with the Skeeters' lowest monthly ERA coming in June (2.85) The Skeeters led the Atlantic League with a 17-8 July record as well and were tied for the league lead with an 18-10 record in June.
CHANCE AT HISTORY: The Skeeters enter Wednesday's game with a 76-39 overall record, equaling a .661 winning percentage. The Skeeters set the Atlantic League records in 2013 with 95 total wins and a .679 winning percentage. The Skeeters need to win 10 of their final 11 games of the season to surpass their 2013 winning percentage.
CHASING THE MAGIC: The Skeeters enter Wednesday's game with a magic number of seven over the Lancaster Barnstormers to clinch the second-half Freedom Division title. Any combination of Skeeters wins and Lancaster losses totaling seven will result in the Skeeters clinching the second-half title.
FIRST-HALF CHAMPS: With the Skeeters' victory over Lancaster on July 1, they clinched the first-half Freedom Division title -- their first division title under manager Pete Incaviglia. The only other time the Skeeters have won a first-half title came in 2013 when they won the Freedom Division with a record of 47-23. The Skeeters' last division title came in the second half of 2016 when they went on to win the Atlantic League Championship. The Skeeters have now won four Freedom Division titles in franchise history (2013 X2; 2016 (second half), 2018 (first half). They also appeared in the postseason in 2014 via a Wild Card berth.
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