The way things are going for the Sugar Land Skeeters in 2013, an early deficit is nothing to be concerned about. This team finds ways recover from such inconveniences.
So, there was no real alarm when the Skeeters’ No. 1 starter, Matt Wright, gave up a pair of first-inning runs on three hits and fell behind before his teammates made their first trip to the plate.
Well, unless you’re Skeeters manager Gary Gaetti.
“I was a little concerned when (Bridgeport) they came out swinging the bats like they did because that team’s got a lot of hitters,” said Gaetti following the game. “But we’ve had a few games like that where we just keep chipping away and plugging away.”
And, as they had done on ten previous occasions, the Skeeters chipped away enough to come from behind and capture a 4-2 victory over the Bridgeport Bluefish at Constellation Field in the opener of a six-game homestand on Tuesday night.
The win improved Sugar Land’s home record to 11-0 and was their seventh consecutive win. They are 22-3 overall.
But it took some time to accomplish that task.
Wright (4-0) struggled a bit in the first, but also was victimized by a bit of bad luck.
He gave up a one-out double on a line drive by Alexis Gomez that grazed off the glove of shortstop Anthony Granato and then a seeing-eye single to left field by Luis Lopez that brought in the two runs.
After that, Wright settled down and waited for his lineup to respond. This time, a little patience was required.
Bridgeport starter Michael Colla did a good job of holding the Skeeters’ bats in check early in the game. The righthander allowed just two hits – both to Granato – through the first five innings.
But the Skeeters broke through in the sixth.
Dustin Martin drew a leadoff walk and scored on an RBI double by Steve Moss down the left field line. After Moss moved to third on a wild pitch, Aaron Bates delivered an RBI single to tie the game at 2-2.
Following Bates’ hit, walks to Travis Scott and Kevin Rios loaded the bases for the Skeeters with one out. The third run of the inning came home on a fielder’s choice ground ball by Granato.
Wright pitched into the seventh inning, but when allowed a pair of base runners with two outs in the inning, Gaetti went to his bullpen.
The bullpen did the job. Roy Corcoran retired the final batter in the seventh. Gary Majewski allowed just a two-out single in the eighth.
Then, after Rios drove home a run in the eighth with an RBI double to extend the lead to 4-2, Jason Bergmann retired the side in order in the ninth to earn his fifth save.
“If we have the lead now after the sixth inning,” Gaetti stated, “it’s hard to come back against our pitchers.”
The win, coupled with a loss by the Somerset Patriots, increased the Skeeters’ lead in the Freedom Division to 5-1/2 games heading into Wednesday night’s game.
On Wednesday, Scott Elarton is scheduled to start for Sugar Land and first pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m.