Bridgewater, NJ – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (2-0, 90-49) host the Sugar Land Skeeters (0-2, 95-45) for the third game of a best of five playoff series featuring these Freedom Division foes. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. from TD Bank Ballpark. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. The Patriots hold a commanding 2-0 series lead over the Skeeters. Somerset and Sugar Land went 10-10 against each other in the regular season.
The Patriots won Game Two 3-2 two nights ago. The following are the audio highlights of the victory courtesy of WCTC…
Audio clip of Cory Aldridge plating a run in the first inning
Audio clip of Eddy Martinez-Esteve’s home run
Audio clip of Somerset tacking on a third and decisive run
Audio clip of Jon Hunton notching his second save in as many nights
Starting Pitching Matchup
Lefty Roy Merritt (4-2, 1.96 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow southpaw Doug Arguello (2-0, 3.88 ERA) will take the hill for the Skeeters. Roy Merritt has a 1-1 record with a 5.14 ERA in four games/one start against Sugar Land. Doug Arguello is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA in one start which involved five scoreless innings.
The Skeeters are in the playoffs for the first time in their franchise history. The Patriots have made the playoffs for the first time since 2010.
The Long Island Ducks lead the Liberty Division Championship Series 2-0 over the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs. Game three tonight is at Regency Furniture Stadium.
The Skeeters and Patriots tallied the two best all-time overall records in the Atlantic League’s 16 year history.
Offensive Fire Power
The Patriots led the Atlantic League in runs scored (748), walks drawn (515) and team batting average (.277).
The Skeeters (3.20 team ERA) had the best staff ERA in the league. The Patriots (3.62 team ERA) had the second best staff ERA in the league.
Fantastic Four vs. SL
The Patriots are 9-1 when they score four or more runs against the Skeeters. The Patriots are 3-9 when they score three or fewer runs against the Skeeters.
The Patriots are 78-17 when they score four or more runs. The Patriots are 14-32 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.