Bridgewater, NJ – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (30-14) host the Sugar Land Skeeters (33-13) for a crucial three game weekend series featuring these Freedom Division foes. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. from TD Bank Ballpark. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. The Patriots are 4-3 against the Skeeters this year. This is the first game of a 10 game homestand for Somerset.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Righty Paul Phillips (3-1, 4.64 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow righty hurler Adam Miller (1-1, 2.10 ERA) will take the hill for the Skeeters.
Freedom Division Update
The Sugar Land Skeeters (33-13) currently lead the Somerset Patriots (30-14) by 2.0 games for first place. Somerset has played two fewer games than Sugar Land.
Something Has Gotta Give
The Patriots have the best team batting average (.301) in the Atlantic League while the Skeeters have the best team ERA in the Atlantic League (2.84).
On this date 15 years ago TD Bank Ballpark aka “The Jewel of the Atlantic League” opened up and still remains the best minor league venue in all of sports.
Jake Can Rake
Jake Fox leads the Atlantic League with 14 home runs and is tied for the Atlantic League lead in RBI (40) with Andy Marte of York.
Eddy Martinez-Esteve leads the Atlantic League in batting average hitting at a tremendous .377 clip. He has a comfortable 41 point lead over the next best hitter in the league which is Aharon Eggleston. Martinez-Esteve has hit safely in 21 of his last 23 games. He has reached base safely in 22 of his last 23 contests.
Chicks Dig The Long Ball
The Somerset Patriots lead the Atlantic League in home runs hit with 46.
Better Than Average
The Patriots have five players in the top 15 in the Atlantic League in batting average: Martinez-Esteve (1st .377), Eggleston (2nd, .336), Montanez (4th, .329), Fox (T-11th, .311), Smith (13th, .307)
The Patriots are 27-6 when they score four or more runs. The Patriots are 3-8 when they score 3 or fewer runs.
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.