Bridgewater, NJ – Happy Father’s Day! Today the Somerset Patriots (39-16) host the Sugar Land Skeeters (28-28) in the third game of a four game wrap around weekend series. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. from TD Bank Ballpark. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. Somerset is 3-2 against Sugar Land this year. The game will be streamed via SPN.TV. Both teams are in the midst of a tightly contested first half playoff race.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Lefty Matt Zielinski (2-1, 2.52 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while righty hurler Derek Blacksher (2-2, 1.39 ERA) will toss for Sugar Land
Special Occasion For Special Pitcher
This is Zielinski’s second straight start on Father’s Day. He also started on Mother’s Day earlier this year
The Patriots have established a new high-water mark in 2015 by being 23 games above .500. They have won four games in a row.
The Patriots begin the day 1.5 games up on Long Island in the First Half Liberty Division race with 15 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 Ducks are 18-1 in their last 19 games.
The Patriots have already played 11 extra inning games and have 12 wins in their final at bat including seven walk-off wins
David Vidal had 7 RBI total in his first 33 games but has 12 RBI in his last 14 games. He has hit safely in 15 of his last 18 games.
Sean Bierman has the second best ERA in the Atlantic League (1.52) and has only surrendered three runs in his last 38 innings
The Patriots have not lost back-to-back games since May 25th & May 27th
Somerset is 9-0-2 in its last 11 series
The Patriots are 21-2 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 30-4 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 1:05 p.m. eastern on 1450 AM WCTC or www.wctcam.com.