Bridgewater, NJ – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (17-12, 67-32) take on the Sugar Land Skeeters (11-18, 47-52) in the second game of a four game series. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. from TD Bank Ballpark. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. The Patriots lead the season series 6-2 against the Skeeters and the all-time series is 42-26 in favor of Somerset. These two squads play each other 14 times from August 9th to September 7th.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Righty Will Oliver (0-0, 0.00 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while southpaw Roy Merritt (5-3, 1.55 ERA) will toss for Sugar Land
Sugar Land’s starter Roy Merritt pitched for Somerset the last three years and was an All-Star for the Patriots in 2012.
Eggs Sunny Side Up
All-Star Aharon Eggleston recently snapped his 20 game hitting streak and 36 game on base streak. He has reached base in 39 of his last 40 games.
The Patriots boast the best record in the Atlantic League and have secured a postseason bid for the third consecutive season and for the 12th time in the franchise’s 18 years of existence. The Patriots are 1st Half Liberty Division Champions.
The Patriots have established an Atlantic League record for most wins in a single half with 50. The previous high was 48 done once by the 2005 Atlantic City Surf and once by the 2013 Sugar Land Skeeters.
Start Me Up
The Patriots within the last week have lost 40% of their starting rotation (Randy Boone to Taiwan & Sean Bierman to AA Orioles affiliate)
In his last nine games Adam Donachie is 15-for-32 (.469) with six RBI, two stolen bases and six runs scored. Since July 30th he has raised his batting average from .192 to .240. He has hit safely in 8 of his last 9 games.
Jon Hunton is 16-for-17 in save opportunities since June 19th
The Patriots have already played 14 extra inning games and have 18 wins in their final at bat including nine walk-off wins
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.