SUGAR LAND, TX— The Sugar Land Skeeters today announced that the contract of left-hander Matt Gage was purchased by the New York Mets, who assigned him to Double-A Binghamton.
Gage, 25, becomes the 10th player from the 2018 Skeeters to have his contract purchased by a Major League organization and the 12th player to have his contract purchased by a professional baseball organization, both leading the Atlantic League. The 10 contracts purchased from Major League organizations also sets the franchise’s single-season record, breaking the previous record of nine set in 2013. Since the Skeeters joined the Atlantic League in 2012, the most contracts purchased by Major League organizations in a single season was 13 from the Somerset Patriots in 2017.
Gage was signed by the Skeeters on July 27 and made one appearance with the team, allowing two runs on five hits while striking out seven to pick up the win in a 5-2 Skeeters victory over the York Revolution on July 28 at Constellation Field. Gage began the 2018 season with Triple-A Sacramento and Double-A Richmond (San Francisco Giants) and went a combined 4-9 with a 5.47 ERA in 15 appearances (14 starts), spanning 75 2/3 innings pitched. The San Francisco Giants drafted Gage in the 10th round of the 2014 MLB Draft out of Siena College and he's spent all five of his seasons at the affiliated level within the Giants organization, peaking at Triple-A. Gage has gone 27-34 with a 4.03 ERA in 101 career appearances at the affiliated level (506.1 IP), striking out 381 batters to 123 walks.
The Skeeters return to Constellation Field on Friday, Aug. 10, to begin a seven-game homestand against the Somerset Patriots. First pitch on Friday is set for 7:05 p.m. and a Friday Fireworks show will begin at the end of the game. The first 2,000 fans in attendance on Saturday, Aug. 11, will receive a Tracy McGrady Bobblehead Giveaway courtesy of Assured Flow Solutions, commemorating the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall-of-Famer’s time with the Skeeters in 2014. McGrady is scheduled to throw out the ceremonial first pitch for Saturday’s game and the Skeeters will be raffling off autographed McGrady memorabilia to select fans in attendance. The first 1,000 fans in attendance on Sunday, Aug. 12, will receive a Skeeters Football Giveaway courtesy of Fluor as part of our Football Night. Fans can also enjoy our weekly promotions at Constellation Field, including Dollar Dog, Margarita and Military Monday, Two-Fer Tuesdays, Kids In Free Wednesdays, and Thirsty Thursdays.
Individual tickets are available now at SugarLandSkeeters.com, our mobile app, and at the TDECU Ticket Office at Constellation Field. For more information, call 281-240-4487.
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