June 28th Game Notes; Bluefish @ Patriots

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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.

For a comprehensive look at all the statistics, trends and matchups please download tonight’s June 28th Game Notes. 

Need Offense

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.

1,000 Watch

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

Be sure to follow the Patriots on twitter @SOMPatriots for immediate updates. Listen to play-by-play voice Justin Antweil broadcast the game starting at 7:05pm on 1450 AM WCTC or www.wctcam.com.

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