August 18th Game Notes; Patriots @ Bluefish

Bridgeport, CT – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (17-18, 52-53) visit the Bridgeport Bluefish (17-15, 48-54) at 6:05 p.m. from Harbor Yard in the second game of this four game weekend series. The Patriots won the series opener Thursday night 4-2. Last night’s contest was rained out so the squads will play a doubleheader tomorrow.

For a comprehensive look at all the statistics, trends and matchups please download tonight’s August 18th Game Notes.

Justin Cassel has the third best ERA (2.86) in the Atlantic League

Sanchez Sizzling

Shortstop Yunesky Sanchez hit just .212 in the first half of the season but in the second half he has turned his season around. Since the All-Star break he’s hitting .304 with three home runs and 14 RBI. He had 11 RBI the entire first half.

Four Is The Magic Number

In the second half of the season when the Patriots score four runs or more they are 14-4. When they score three runs or fewer they are 3-14.

Catalyst

The Patriots are 8-2 when Freddie Bynum bats leadoff. The All-Star ignites the team and provides a spark.

Starting Pitching Matchup

Righty Justin Cassel toes the rubber for Somerset while southpaw Gilbert De La Vara is on the hill for the Bluefish.

Justin Cassel: 4-8, 2.86 ERA, 18 starts, 110 innings, 84 Ks, 31 BBs

Gilbert De La Vara: 8-6, 3.55 ERA, 20 starts, 111.2 innings, 72 Ks, 44 BBs

Be sure to follow the Patriots on twitter @SOMPatriots for immediate updates. Listen the Patriots 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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