Bridgewater, NJ – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (23-16, 69-40) host the Sugar Land Skeeters (29-10, 76-33) for the first game of a four game weekend series featuring these Freedom Division foes. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. from TD Bank Ballpark and there will be fireworks after the ball game. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. These are the two best clubs in terms of overall winning percentage in the Atlantic League. The Skeeters lead the season series 9-7 over the Patriots.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Lefty Roy Merritt (0-2, 3.26 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while righty hurler David Pauley (3-1, 2.05 ERA) will take the hill for the Skeeters.
The Patriots are at their high-water mark of being 29 games above .500 and they’ve won 19 of their last 24 ball games and seven of their last eight.
Getting Smitty With It
Corey Smith has started all 109 games this season.
Something will snap tonight as the Patriots have won four in a row while the Skeeters have won six in a row.
The Patriots bullpen has thrown 36.1 innings in the month of August and only allowed two runs.
Cory Aldridge has hit safely in 27 of his last 30 ball games.
The Patriots are 57-15 when they score four or more runs. The Patriots are 12-25 when they score 3 or fewer runs.
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. on 1450 AM WCTC or www.wctcam.com.