Bridgewater, NJ – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (28-31) face the Bridgeport Bluefish (25-34) at 7:05 p.m. from the jewel of the Atlantic League that is TD Bank Ballpark. These two flagship franchises of the Atlantic League begin a four game weekend series. The Patriots have won four of the six meetings against the Bluefish this season.
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The Patriots have scored three runs or fewer in six of their last seven games. They are missing team MVP Jesse Hoorelbeke is sidelined on the disabled list with a lower back injury. Hoorelbeke is hitting .322, 11 HRs, and 27 RBI.
Patriots’ manager Sparky Lyle is 12 wins away from 1,000 managerial wins in his 15 year Atlantic League career. Patriots’ third baseman Jeff Nettles is 19 hits away from 1,000 hits in his nine year Atlantic League career.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Lefty Roy Merritt toes the rubber for the Patriots while lefty Dan Serafini is on the mound for the Ducks. Dating back to Merritt’s last three starts he has not allowed a run in his last 14.2 innings of work.
2012 Season Statistics
Roy Merritt: 4-1, 3.07 ERA, 11 starts, 55.2 innings, 41 Ks, 16 BBs
Dan Serafini: 1-0, 0.64 ERA, 3 appearances and 2 starts, 14.0 innings, 9 Ks, 4 BBs