The Patriots won the opener last night 7-2 behind seven beautiful innings from starting pitcher Roy Merritt. Merritt tossed seven shutout frames, walking no batters and striking out five men while just surrendering two hits. Merritt made a pitching adjustment with pitching coach Brett Jodie during his side session a couple of days ago by moving his hands closer to his chest and it paid dividends. Left fielder Aaron Mathews had three hits and three RBI.
Somerset Patriots third baseman Jeff Nettles is currently on an eight game hitting streak. He has multi-hit games in each of his last four contests. During the streak he is 12-for-26 at the plate with nine RBI.
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This morning’s matchup will feature two righty throwers. Paul Phillips will go to the mound for the Patriots while Raymar Diaz will toe the rubber for the Bluefish.
When They Were Drafted…
Paul Phillips: 9th round by the Toronto Blue Jays in 2005.
Raymar Diaz: 47th round by the Houston Astros in 2002.
Last Time Out…
Paul Phillips: 7.0 innings, 4 hits, 1 run, 6 Ks, 1 BBs in a win vs. Sugar Land
Raymar Diaz: 5.0 innings, 9 hits, 7 runs, 4 Ks, 4 BBs in a loss vs. Camden Riversharks