August 23, 2012 - Atlantic League (AtL) - Sugar Land Skeeters
LANCASTER, Pennsylvania - John Halama became the sixth pitcher in the Atlantic League to throw a complete-game shutout in an 8-0 win over the Skeeters at Clipper Magazine Stadium Thursday night in the regular season finale.
Tim Redding (1-1) made his second start of the road trip for the Skeeters and worked fluidly through the first four innings allowing just two base runners before things disintegrated in the fifth. With two outs in the inning, Travis Denker reached on a single into left and Bridger Hunt a double into right before Kyle Haines hit a bomb into right-center field over the wall. His first home run of the season put Lancaster on top 3-0.
Lancaster scored one more off Redding in the bottom of the sixth when Gilberto Mejia reached on a leadoff single. The second baseman then scooted over to third on a two-base throwing error on an attempted pickoff attempt by Redding. Blake Gailen hit a sac-fly into left to push the score to 4-0.
Dustin Richardson replaced Redding after six innings but fared no better than his teammate through an inning and a third. In the bottom of the eighth, Richardson walked two of the first three batters he saw and hit another to load the bases with no outs. Ryan Harvey grounded out to third for the first out of the inning, but a run scored to increase the lead to 5-0. One batter later with runners on second and third, Denker hit his third home run of the season into left-center field to increase the scoring to four in the inning, 8-0 overall.
John Halama (10-7) made his fifth start of the season against the Skeeters. Having only won one of his four outings against Sugar Land, Halama went the distance for his second complete game of the season, his first shutout of the year. He became one of only five other pitchers to accomplish the feat this season joining Jason Lane, Sean Green and teammates Mark Brackman and J.D. Durbin.
Coming up next...The Sugar Land Skeeters (20-21) return home to face the Bridgeport Bluefish for the first time in the second half with a six-game series at Constellation Field starting Friday night. In game one, Scott Kazmir (0-5, 7.89 ERA) starts against Paul Oseguera (9-3, 2.49 ERA) with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. CDT. Don't miss out on our Boy Scout campout or Elvis themed fireworks presented by the Texas Lottery after the game! Tickets for the rest of the home stand and season are available by calling 281.240.HITS or checking SugarLandSkeeters.com for more information.