Bridgeport, CT – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (32-27, 79-50) travel to the Nutmeg State to battle the Bridgeport Bluefish (19-40, 41-88) for the first game of a mini two game midweek set featuring these two flagship Atlantic League franchises. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. from Harbor Yard. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. The Patriots are 13-2 against the Bluefish this year.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Righty Josh Lowey (0-0, 4.90 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while southpaw Matt Iannazzo (3-9, 4.31 ERA) takes the hill for the Fish.
The Patriots are trying to repeat as half division title winners. The magic number is nine. They currently lead the 2nd Half Liberty Division standings by 3.0 games over Long Island with 11 games to go. The Ducks own the second half tiebreaker should they both finish with identical second half records.
Squishing The Fish
Corey Smith has 12 home runs this season and five of them have come against Bridgeport
The Patriots have allowed double digit hits in 15 of their last 16 games.
The Patriots have 37 come from behind wins, 18 wins in their final at bat and seven walk-off wins this year
Closer Jon Hunton leads the Atlantic League with 45 saves. That’s 17 more than anyone else in the league. Hunton has already set the Atlantic League single season saves record as he broke Mike Guilfoyle’s record of 40 done in 2003 with Bridgeport.
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 65-14 when they score four runs or more but only 14-36 when they score three runs or fewer.
Walk This Way
As an offense Somerset has drawn the most walks in the Atlantic League (431)
Lucky Number Seven
The Patriots are 54-3 when they lead after seven innings
New to our media network this week is an episode of Kids Corner. Our next live stream game will be on Saturday, September 20th against the Bridgeport Bluefish
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. eastern on 1450 AM WCTC or www.wctcam.com.