The Sugar Land Skeeters and Round Rock Express were back on Sunday night and a night where we wish America a Happy Birthday with fireworks and festivities; the Skeeters made their own fireworks as they were able to get past the Express convincingly with an 11-1 victory at Dell Diamond.
The Express started right-handed pitcher Tyler Phillips (0-2, 12.00 ERA) with the hopes to get the Express back on track and into the win column. Phillips struggled in his 2.1 innings pitched as he allowed four runs on four hits, five walks, and four strikeouts as he took the loss for the Express. For the Skeeters, right-handed pitcher Joe Smith was on the mound making a rehab start for the Houston Astros. Smith only pitched in one inning with two strikeouts. Austin Pruitt (1-0, 8.10 ERA) would come in from the bullpen to win after throwing a scoreless second inning.
The Skeeters got the fireworks going in the top of the first inning when Alex De Goti and Jake Meyers drew back-to-back walks. Bryan De La Cruz drive in De Goti and Meyers with an RBI double. Phillips would give up another walk to Michael Papierski to put two runners on for Ronnie Dawson, who would then drive in two runs of his own with a single putting the Skeeters up 4-0.
The Skeeters would tack on more runs in the top of the sixth inning on a wild pitch and an RBI single from De La Cruz, which would extend the Skeeters lead to 6-0. In the top of the seventh inning, the Skeeters would go on a scoring spree on back-to-back doubles from De Goti, Meyers, and C.J. Hinojosa, putting the Skeeters up 11-0.
In the bottom of the eighth inning, the Express would finally get on the board after Terry Curtis would drive in Yonny Hernandez on a sacrifice fly to center field. That would be all the Express could do to prevent being shut out, as the Skeeters would win the game with a final score of 11-1.