Bridgewater, NJ – Today the Somerset Patriots (20-12, 67-35) take on the Sugar Land Skeeters (18-13, 56-44) in the rubber match of the series. First pitch is scheduled for 11:05 a.m. from TD Bank Ballpark. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. The Patriots are 12-7 against the Skeeters this year. This is the finale regular season meeting of the year between these two teams. These two squads are in first place of their respective divisions in the second half of play.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Lefty Matt Zielinski (8-5, 3.21 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while righty hurler David Pauley (8-6, 2.58 ERA) takes the hill for the Skeeters.
Record Breaking Season On The Horizon?
If the Patriots go 23-15 in their final 38 games they’ll tie last year’s record of most wins in a single season in franchise history with 90. If Somerset goes 29-9 in its final 38 games then Somerset would break the record for most wins in a single season in league history.
One Base At A Time
Damaso Espino has 46 hits this season yet 42 of them are singles
Somerset is 11-3 in its last 14 games
Closer Jon Hunton leads the Atlantic League with 35 saves. That’s eight more than anyone else in the league. He has only blown two saves since June 1st. Hunton is three saves away from breaking the single season Patriots record for most saves in a year and Hunton is six saves away from breaking the Atlantic League record for most saves in a year.
Brian Barden had two homers in his first 44 games but he has three homers in his last nine games.
The Somerset Patriots are the 2014 1st Half Liberty Division Champions! This is their 13th Half Title in franchise history as the Patriots are going to the playoffs for some serious September baseball! The Patriots have elected to take the back three games of the first round series at home so they will open up the postseason on the road. Tickets are on sale by calling 908-252-0700.
The Patriots are trying to repeat as half division title winners. They currently lead the 2nd Half Liberty Division standings by 6.5 games over Camden.
The Patriots are 57-8 when they score four runs or more but only 10-27 when they score three runs or fewer.
Walk This Way
As an offense Somerset has drawn the most walks in the Atlantic League (361)
Lucky Number Seven
The Patriots are 46-2 when they lead after seven innings
New to our media network this week is Behind The Scenes starring Josh Pressley. The next SPN.TV live stream game will be on Wednesday, August 20th.
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 11:05 a.m. eastern on 1450 AM WCTC or www.wctcam.com.