Bridgewater, NJ – Tonight at 7:05 pm from TD Bank Ballpark, the Somerset Patriots (8-5) host the Sugar Land Skeeters (4-9) in the final game of this four game midweek series featuring these Freedom Division foes. This is the last game of the Patriots’ seven game home stand. Tonight they look to complete the sweep against the Skeeters.
The Patriots won the series opener Monday night 8-4. Catcher Yusuf Carter had a season-high five RBI and starting pitcher Mike MacDonald earned his first win of 2012. Tuesday afternoon the Patriots won for the fifth time this season in come from behind fashion. First baseman Lou Santangelo tied the game in the eighth inning with an RBI single. Center fielder Jonny Tucker hit the game winning walk-off RBI single down the right field line in the ninth inning. Last night the Patriots won 7-1 as third baseman Jeff Nettles registered his 934thcareer hit passing Rolando Avila for most base hits all-time in the Atlantic League. The Patriots are in sole possession of first place in the Freedom Division.
The Patriots and the Skeeters and heading in opposite directions. The Patriots have won seven of their last eight games. The Skeeters have lost eight of their last nine games.
Statistic You Need To Know…
The Patriots are hitting .310 with runners in scoring position. The Patriots’ pitching staff is holding opponents to a .207 batting average with men in scoring position. The Patriots offense rises to the occasion while the Patriots pitching staff buckles down when need be.
For a comprehensive look at all the game trends, matchups and statistics, download tonight’s May 10th Game Notes.
Today’s starting pitchers will feature Paul Phillips for the Patriots against Derrick Gordon for the Skeeters. Gordon is one of four former Patriots on the Skeeters’ 2012 roster. Gordon was 7-4 in his 11 starts for the Patriots last year compiling a solid 2.63 ERA.
Where They Are From…
Paul Phillips: Blissfield, Michigan
Derrick Gordon: Beaumont, Texas
Career Minor League Statistics…
Paul Phillips: 30-21, 300 games (5 starts), 3.85 ERA, 411 Ks, 148 BBs
Derrick Gordon: 25-24, 189 games (24 starts), 4.00 ERA, 389 Ks, 200 BBs
Last Time Out On The Mound…
Paul Phillips earned the win throwing five scoreless innings against the Blue Crabs allowing just one base hit.
Derrick Gordon earned the no decision going five innings allowing two earned runs against the Lancaster Barnstormers while striking out six.