Camden’s Eduardo Perez slammed a pair of home runs and drove in four runs while Pedro Feliz added another home run and two RBI as the Riversharks held off the Sugar Land Skeeters to win, 7-5, at Constellation Field on Sunday and earn a split of the four-game series.
For the Skeeters, even with Camden’s three round-trippers, the loss was not for a lack of opportunities. Sugar Land collected ten hits and also received ten walks from Camden pitching, but left 14 runners on base in the game.
The Skeeters stranded at least one runner in every inning except the fifth.
Camden finished with eight runners left on base, but Perez teamed up with Feliz to bring enough runners home to provide the Riversharks’ margin of victory.
After the Skeeters scored first on Josh Pressley’s first-inning RBI single, Perez’s third-inning three-run home run capped a four-run frame against Skeeters starter Heath Phillips.
Phillips (1-7) took the loss in the game after allowing four earned runs in four innings on seven hits and a pair of walks.
Iggy Suarez hit his fourth home run of the season in the fourth inning to cut the deficit to 4-3, but the Skeeters missed an opportunity to tie the game and stranded two runners when Pressley grounded out to end the inning.
It would be the closest the Skeeters would get to Camden the rest of the way.
Feliz drove in his first of two runs with a fifth-inning solo homer off of Pedro Liriano. Liriano was tagged again by Perez’s second long ball of the game, a solo home run in the seventh that gave the Riversharks a 6-3 lead.
The Skeeters scored another run in the bottom of the seventh on a bases-loaded single by Octavio Martinez, but the Skeeters left the bases loaded to end the frame still trailing 6-4.
Feliz’s RBI single off of Ryan McKeller capped the Camden scoring in the ninth inning. The run was charged to Jusef Frias, who had walked the only official batter he faced – Chris Walker – before he left the game with an injury during Lloyd Turner’s at-bat.
Matt Hagen homered off of John Lujan to open the ninth for Sugar Land and Lujan walked a pair of batters after one out to put the potential tying runs on base. But Dominic Ramos grounded into a game-ending double play.
The Skeeters (38-49, 9-8) open a four-game Freedom Division set against the Somerset Patriots (43-44, 8-9) at Constellation Field on Monday. The series could prove to be another important stretch for Sugar Land’s second-half playoff hopes.
Somerset has won 11 of the 14 games that the two teams have played against each other this season, including taking five of six games at Constellation Field in June. But that series took place as the Skeeters struggled to replace the losses of Ben Harrison, Jimmy Van Ostrand, Matt Wright, Drew Locke and Jason Botts.
Sugar Land came out of the June series with Somerset nine games under .500 an effectively eliminated from the first-half title race. Entering this series, the Skeeters are tied for first place in the second-half Freedom Division standings.
Jason Lane (2-2, 2.57 ERA) is scheduled to start Monday’s game that is scheduled for a 7:05 p.m. start time.
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