Bridgewater, NJ – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (24-20, 74-40) host the Sugar Land Skeeters (19-25, 55-59) for the second game of a three game midweek series. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. from TD Bank Ballpark. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. The Patriots are 10-3 against the Skeeters this year. The Patriots lead the all-time series 45-27.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Righty Lucas Irvine (6-7, 3.13 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while southpaw Roy Merritt (6-5, 2.46 ERA) will toss for Sugar Land
Second Half Race
The Long Island Ducks and the Somerset Patriots are tied atop the Second Half Liberty Division Standings while the Bridgeport Bluefish are 1.0 game back
Within the past five days the Patriots have played a 12 inning game a 13 inning game and a 14 inning game
Turn Around Bright Eyes
First 31 games in the second half for James Skelton he only had 5 RBI…in the last three games for James Skelton he has 7 RBI
Above The .500 Hump
The Patriots have secured a winning overall record for the third straight year in the Brett Jodie Era
Brett Jodie has 249 career wins as an Atlantic League manager
Jon Hunton has tallied 126 career Atlantic League saves. The league record is 134 established by long time Southern Maryland closer Jim Ed Warden.
Welcome Back Big Mike
Mike Wilson made his 2015 debut with Somerset on Friday night. Wilson had totaled 47 games with Somerset in 2013-14. In his first three games this year he is 4-for-13 with 4 BBs, 1 HR and 4 RBI
Andino The Bambino
Robert Andino is in the midst of a modest four game hitting streak and has three multi-hit games over that span
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 50 of his last 54 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.
A Cut Above The Rest
In his first 79 games David Vidal smacked 2 HRs but in his last 23 games David Vidal has smacked 5 HRs
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