Bridgewater, NJ – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (34-15) host the Bridgeport Bluefish (19-29) for the first game of a four game midweek series. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. from TD Bank Ballpark. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. This is the first game of an eight game homestand for Somerset. Somerset is 9-4 against Bridgeport this year as they are both Atlantic League flagship franchises.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Lefty Matt Zielinski (1-1, 2.78 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow southpaw Mike Antonini (3-4, 3.47 ERA) will toss for Bridgeport
The Patriots have matched their high-water mark of 2015 by being 19 games above .500
Jonny Tucker is 6-for-12 in his last three starts
Scott Cousins is hitting .368 with 7 RBI against the Bluefish this year
The Patriots begin the day 2.0 games up on Long Island in the First Half Liberty Division race with 21 games to go. These two squads only play each other three more times in the first half and it’s the final three games (68, 69, 70).
The Patriots have already played 11 extra inning games and have 11 wins in their final at bat
David Vidal had 7 RBI total in his first 33 games but has 9 RBI in his last 8 games. He has hit safely in 10 of his last 12 games.
Somerset is 8-0-2 in its last 10 series
The Patriots are 19-2 when they smack a home run
Time To Grind
From May 27th to July 5th the Patriots play 40 games in 40 days. Only one scheduled off day during that time frame.
Setting The Tone
The Patriots are 26-4 this year when they score first
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.