September 1, 2012 - Atlantic League (AtL) - Sugar Land Skeeters
CAMDEN, New Jersey - Raul Padron smacked a three-run homer and Danny Santiesteban provided three RBI allowing the Riversharks to win the three-game series in game two by the final score of 6-1 at Campbell's Field Saturday night.
Kelvin Villa (2-6) got the nod for Manager Gary Gaetti and the Skeeters in game two and worked two scoreless innings before he allowed his first runs in the third. Villa walked Steve Doetsch to start the inning, and in the next at-bat, Danny Santiesteban knocked a RBI double into right-center field to break the scoreless tie, 1-0. With one out after a misplaced bunt from Reid Gorecki, Chris Walker walked to put two on base. Designated hitter Raul Padron capitalized on the walk with a three-run home run (7) into right to increase the lead to 4-0.
After settling down through the fourth and the fifth, Villa was rocked for the second time in the sixth. With the bases loaded and two outs in the inning, Santiesteban launched a base-hit into center field bringing two runners in to push the lead up to 6-0. He left the game after finishing with five and two-thirds innings under his belt. He gave up six earned runs on seven hits with three walks and strikeouts.
Kevin Reese (4-7) had his best start against the Skeeters working seven scoreless innings before he was pulled with a 6-0 lead before the start of the eighth. Zach Hammes relieved the starter and gave up the only run the Skeeters scored in the top of the eighth. Dominic Ramos knocked a two-out double into left and was pushed to third by an Ofilio Castro single. During the at-bat of Bubba Bell, Hammes threw wild allowing Ramos to sneak in from third, 6-1.
Garrett Parcell replaced Villa with two outs in the sixth inning getting the final out with two pitches before pitching a scoreless seventh and eighth innings. James Houser pitched a scoreless night recording two strikeouts in a non-save situation.
Coming up next...The Sugar Land Skeeters (24-25) wrap up the regular-season series against the Camden Riversharks (22-26) with game three Sunday afternoon at Campbell's Field. Jason Lane (6-4, 2.88 ERA) takes the mound against Bryan Corey (8-8, 5.45 ERA) with first pitch scheduled for 12:05 p.m. CDT. With only 10 home games remaining in the season, be sure to purchase your tickets quickly by calling 281.240.HITS or going online at SugarLandSkeeters.com for the next home stand against the Long Island Ducks starting September 7.