July 1st Game Notes; Bluefish @ Patriots

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Bridgewater, NJ – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (29-33) face the Bridgeport Bluefish (27-35) at 6:05 p.m. from the jewel of the Atlantic League that is TD Bank Ballpark. These two flagship franchises will battle for the final time in this four game weekend series. Patriots won Thursday 4-2. The Bluefish scored seven runs in the seventh inning to propel them to a 10-4 victory Friday night. The Btuefish scored four runs in the final three innings to hang on to a 5-1 victory last night.

Doug Arguello pitched a gem despite the loss last night. He only walked one batter and struck out a season-high 10 batters in seven quality innings of work. Audio clip of Arugello’s 10th strikeout courtesy of WCTC.

Mike MacDonald starts for the Patriots tonight in the final home game of the first half.

For a comprehensive look at all the statistics, trends and matchups please download tonight’s July 1st Game Notes.

Eliminated But Still Important

The Patriots have been mathematically eliminated from winning the first half Freedom Division title but these games are still vital. Overall records are important if a wild card were to come into play and be a factor.

Need Offense

The Patriots have scored four runs or fewer in 9 of their last 10 games. They are missing team MVP Jesse Hoorelbeke. He 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 11 wins away from 1,000 managerial wins in his 15 year Atlantic League career. Patriots third baseman Jeff Nettles is 16 hits away from 1,000 hits in his nine year Atlantic League career.

Fireworks Night

Stay in your seats after the final out as the Patriots will have a fireworks show for fans of all ages to enjoy. This is the final home game of the first half of 2012.

Starting Pitching Matchup

Righty Mike MacDonald toes the rubber for the Patriots while lefty Gilbert De La Vara is on the mound for the Bluefish.

2012 Season Statistics

Mike MacDonald: 2-4, 4.00 ERA, 12 starts, 63.0 innings, 34 Ks, 23 BBs

Gilbert De La Vara: 3-4, 4.30 ERA, 12 starts, 60.2 innings, 44 Ks, 26 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 6:05pm on 1450 AM WCTC or www.wctcam.com.

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