Palmeiro Father/Son Combo Lifts Skeeters Past Riversharks 10-4
SUGAR LAND, Texas – The Sugar Land Skeeters of the Atlantic League won their second-straight game, posting a 10-4 victory over the Camden Riversharks behind a pair of big performances from Patrick and Rafael Palmeiro. The father/son tandem combined to go 4-for-9 with five RBI in the rout. Sugar Land improved its record to 67-70 on the year with the win.
Starting pitcher Josh Geer won his seventh game of the season to improve to 7-8. The former big-leaguer allowed three runs on six hits with one walk and six strikeouts over 7.0 innings.
The Skeeters drew first blood in the bottom of the first as Riversharks starter Jeff Singer struggled with his command in the early goings. Patrick Palmeiro and Rafael Palmeiro each drew one-out walks to put a pair aboard. Johan Limonta drove a two-out single back through the middle of the infield to score the younger Palmeiro and stake Sugar Land to a 1-0 advantage.
Camden extended the top of the second to claim a 2-1 lead on the Skeeters. Mat Gamel drew a walk on Josh Geer’s full-count offering before Daniel Rockett lifted a two-run home run to left-center to claim the lead for the Riversharks.
Sugar Land blew the game open in the bottom of the fourth, pushing across seven runs in the frame. After a run had already come home on an error off the bat of Amadeo Zazueta, Patrick Palmeiro came to the plate with the bases-loaded. With his father in the on-deck circle, Patrick launched a grand slam to left to put the Skeeters up 6-2. Rafael followed with his first as a member of the Skeeters on a high-chopper up the middle. The 50-year old would eventually come home to score along with Chris Wallace following a second Riversharks error.
In the bottom of the fifth, Rafael Palmeiro recorded his first professional RBI in 10 years. Following a Patrick Palmeiro double to right that put a pair in scoring position, Rafael rifled a single into the left-center alley to expand the lead to 9-2. Johan Limonta picked up one of his three RBI with a base-knock into right to cap the scoring for the Skeeters.
Camden would chip away in the seventh and eighth, but the Skeeters large lead was too much to overcome, resulting in the 10-4 win.
The full box score can be found online at http://www.pointstreak.com/baseball/boxscore.html?gameid=269967.
The Skeeters continue the final homestand of the season tomorrow against Camden. First pitch with the Riversharks is slated for 6:05 p.m.with gates opening at 5. Tickets are still available for the final games at Constellation Field this season. Call the box office at 281-240-4487 to join the swarm!
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About The Atlantic League
The Atlantic League is the most innovative league in professional baseball, offers the highest level of minor league baseball playing skills, and is a player gateway to Major League Baseball. Its mission is to bring a high level of professional baseball and affordable family entertainment to select communities not presently being served by Major League or Minor League teams. ALPB players are highly experienced professionals, having progressed through professional baseball’s developmental levels (A, AA, AAA). Over 40% of all Atlantic League players have Major League service time. Like MLB, Atlantic League clubs pay their players to win baseball games, not to apprentice as in baseball’s developmental levels. The following teams play in the Atlantic League: Bridgeport Bluefish, Camden Riversharks, Lancaster Barnstormers, Long Island Ducks, Somerset Patriots, Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, Sugar Land Skeeters, and York Revolution.
About the Sugar Land Skeeters
The Sugar Land Skeeters are led by former Major Leaguer Gary Gaetti and play at Constellation Field, a state-of-the art stadium located at the intersection of State Highway 6 and U.S. Highway 90A in Sugar Land.
The Skeeters play 140 regular season games in the Atlantic League, considered the highest level of Minor League Baseball. Atlantic League players are “Major League ready” and in the last 16 years, over 600 players have graduated from Atlantic League clubs to Major League organizations, making the League a preferred route for experienced players to be scouted by Major League Baseball.
Skeeters on ESPN3
In 2014, the Sugar Land Skeeters announced their ground-breaking, minor league baseball agreement with ESPN, for the exclusive rights to place games on its digital and television networks.
All 2015 home games will be produced live and may be accessible online at WatchESPN.com and SugarLandSkeeters.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and streamed on televisions through ESPN on Xbox LIVE to Gold members, Apple TV, Roku and Amazon Fire TV.
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