Bridgeport, CT – Today the Somerset Patriots (36-27, 86-47) are in Connecticut to take on the Bridgeport Bluefish (28-35, 54-79) for a day-night doubleheader. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. First pitch is scheduled for 10:35 a.m. from Harbor Yard for game one and it will be seven innings. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. from Harbor Yard for game two and it will be nine innings. The Patriots are 13-5 against the Bluefish this year.
Starting Pitching Matchup Game One
Righty R.J. Seidel (2-6, 3.73 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow righty hurler Freddy Flores (0-0, 0.00 ERA) will toss for Bridgeport
Starting Pitching Matchup Game Two
Lefty Roy Merritt (7-6, 3.13 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow southpaw Brandon Bixler (0-2, 4.36 ERA) will toss for Bridgeport
Smack The Quack
The Patriots first round playoff opponent will be the Long Island Ducks. The Patriots were 9-11 against the Ducks this year. 16 of the 20 meetings between these squads were decided by three runs or fewer. This is a rematch of the 2013 Championship Series.
Second Half Magic Number
Somerset’s magic number to clinch the Second Half Liberty Division Championship is 5 (any combination of Long Island losses/Somerset wins)
History On Horizon?
The Patriots must go 5-2 in their final 7 games to set a franchise record for most overall wins in a season. The franchise record is 90 accomplished in 2013.
Greg Hopkins has hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games where over that span he has 2 HRs, 12 RBI and is hitting .326
A Cut Above The Rest
David Vidal has 4 HRs and 11 RBI this month
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.
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 10:35 a.m. eastern on 1450 AM WCTC or www.wctcam.com.