Sugar Land, TX – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (6-3) travel to the Lone Star State to battle the Sugar Land Skeeters (6-5) for the first game of a three game midweek series. First pitch is scheduled for 8:05 p.m. eastern time from Constellation Field. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. Both these squads have qualified for the postseason each of the last two years.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Lefty Matt Zielinski (0-0, 1.80 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow southpaw Matt Maloney (1-0, 0.90 ERA) will toss for Sugar Land. Maloney pitched for Somerset last year and started game one of the first round postseason series against Lancaster. In the regular season with the Patriots he was 10-8, 3.40 ERA in 22 starts.
In six road starts center fielder Jonny Tucker has a total of two hits but in three home starts Tucker has a total of four hits
The Somerset bullpen has been outstanding as they have logged 32.0 innings and allowed three earned runs good for a 0.84 ERA. Three different reliever have at least one save (Jon Hunton, Kyler Newby, Andrew Carignan)
The Patriots boast the best team ERA in the Atlantic League at 1.92
Through the first nine games the Patriots have three last at bat wins. They are 5-0 in games decided by two runs or less
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