Bridgeport, CT – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (33-27, 80-50) travel to the Nutmeg State to battle the Bridgeport Bluefish (19-41, 41-89) for the final 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 14-2 against the Bluefish this year.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Righty Gary Moran (11-4, 4.22 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow righty hurler Kyle McMillen (0-6, 7.26 ERA) takes the hill for the Fish.
The Patriots are trying to repeat as half division title winners. The magic number is seven. They currently lead the 2nd Half Liberty Division standings by 4.0 games over Long Island with 10 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
Straw That Stirs Drinks
Jonny Tucker is in the midst of a 12 game hitting streak
The Patriots have 38 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 66-14 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 (435)
Lucky Number Seven
The Patriots are 55-3 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.