Bridgewater, NJ – Tonight at 7:05 p.m. the Somerset Patriots (3-3) host the Sugar Land Skeeters (6-0) in the final game of a three game midweek series at TD Bank Ballpark featuring these Freedom Division foes. Download’s today comprehensive game notes. The Patriots look to salvage the final game of the three game series as they dropped the first two games 7-2 and 3-1 on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively. The Skeeters and the Barnstormers are the only undefeated clubs remaining in the Atlantic League.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Righty Brad Thompson (1-0, 3.00 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow righty hurler Scott Elarton (0-0, 27.00 ERA) will take the hill for the Skeeters.
Brad Thompson won a World Series ring with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2006. He’s coming off a quality start in his Patriot debut against the Blue Crabs last Friday night. Thompson’s sinker ball is his best pitch as he induces lots of ground balls and pitches to contact.
Scott Elarton is 37 years old and a former first round pick by the Houston Astros in 1994. He has 10 years of MLB experience with the Astros, Rockies, Royals and Indians. He last appeared in the big leagues in 2008. He has a career 56-61 record with a 5.29 ERA at baseball’s highest level.
Somerset has homered in five of their first six games which is impressive considering they were last in the Atlantic League in home runs hit in 2012.
Patriots’ outfielder Joe Holden has provided a spark at the bottom of the order. He’s 7-for-10 this year with three stolen bases, four walks and a RBI. His elusive speed gives him the ability to reach base via infield singles. Holden has also demonstrated great athletic ability patrolling the real-estate in the outfield as he has already made a handful of spectacular catches.
Patriots’ second baseman James Skelton is 0-for-9 thus far but he has drawn a team high seven walks.
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 7:05 p.m. on 1450 AM WCTC or www.wctcam.com. It’s Most Improved Student Night at the ballpark.