Bernard a bright spot in bad week for Skeeters

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The Sugar Land Skeeters had a sub-par week, going 3-4 against two of the lesser teams in the Atlantic League.

The boys from Sugar Land went 1-3 at home against the New Britain Bees and started a road trip with a loss to the Lancaster Barnstormers. They rebounded over the weekend with a pair of wins.

Despite going 2-5 against the lowly New Britain Bees in the last homestand, the Skeeters have had some bright spots on the field. Manager Pete Incaviglia is particularly impressed with the play of newcomer Wynton Bernard.

“This guy’s very professional, shows up every day, works at his craft, plays hard, never complains, got a great work ethic,” Incaviglia said. “He’s got some tools. He can run, he’s got power, he’s a very good outfielder, he’s a great teammate and he plays the game the right way every day.”

In 38 games with the Skeeters, Bernard has 38 hits with 20 runs and 22 RBIs. He has hit six doubles, a triple, and two home runs – including one against the Bees – and has a .271 batting average. He has stolen 13 bases and was caught once.

Incaviglia said he has the kind of drive and work ethic he likes in players.

“I know Wynton’s one of those guys that wasn’t a high-round draft pick but he worked himself up to Triple-A because of hard work and belief in himself and you always root for guys like that,” he said.

Bernard, 28, is in his eighth year at the professional level. He began this season with Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa within the Cubs Minor League system. He spent 2018 in the Double-A and Triple-A levels within the Cubs farm system. He was selected by the San Diego Padres in the 35th round of the 2012 MLB Draft out of Niagara University. Bernard appeared at the affiliated level with the Padres, Cubs, Detroit Tigers and San Francisco Giants.

Rumbelow goes to Mets

The contract of right-hander Nick Rumbelow has been purchased by the New York Mets.

Rumbelow, 27, went 3-0 with a 0.81 ERA and seven saves in 22 appearances with the Skeeters, striking out 31 batters in 22 ⅓ innings pitched. Rumbelow was tied for ninth in the Atlantic League this season with seven saves and held opponents to a .203 average.

The Skeeters have set their single-season record with 13 contracts purchased by Major League Baseball organizations. They’ve also added to their single-season contracts purchased record with a total of 16 from other professional baseball organizations this season. Both figures lead the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball in 2019.

Transactions

Sugar Land Skeeters re-signed pitcher Matt Purke.

Upcoming

This week the Skeeters have four games at the York Revolution. They return home Aug. 30 for three games against the High Point Rockers and three against the York Revolution. Aug. 30 has postgame fireworks and Aug. 31 features a team card set giveaway.

Skeeter of the Week

Pitcher Carlos Pimentel tossed a season-high seven innings Wednesday to earn the win for the Skeeters.

Atlantic League Second Half Standings

Wins – Losses – Games back

Freedom Division

York Revolution 25-18-0

Sugar Land Skeeters 24-19-1

S. Maryland Blue Crabs 22-21-3

Lancaster Barnstormers 17-25-7. 5

Liberty Division

Long Island Ducks 23-19-0

High Point Rockers 24-20-0

New Britain Bees 19-23-4

Somerset Patriots 17-26-6.5

Results

Aug. 19

Bees 7, Skeeters 5

Aug. 20

Bees 3, Skeeters 2

Aug. 21

Skeeters 3, Bees 2

Aug. 22

Bees 7, Skeeters 4

Aug. 23

Barnstormers 8, Skeeters 2

Aug. 24

Skeeters 4, Barnstormers 3

Aug. 25

Skeeters 7, Barnstormers 2

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