Bridgewater, NJ – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (19-11, 66-34) take on the Sugar Land Skeeters (17-12, 55-43) for the first game of a three game series. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. from TD Bank Ballpark. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. There will be a postgame fireworks show after the game. The Patriots are 11-6 against the Skeeters this year.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Lefty Matt Maloney (7-5, 3.43 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow southpaw Steve Hammond (8-6, 3.37 ERA) takes the hill for the Skeeters.
Pressley Hangs Up Spikes
Tonight Josh Pressley will sign a one day contract with the Patriots so he can retire as a member of the Red, White & Blue. Pressley suited up for Somerset from 2007-11 and was a five time all-star, two time champion, and won league MVP honors in 2008. He played for the Skeeters the last two years.
One Base At A Time
Damaso Espino has 45 hits this season yet 41 of them are singles
Somerset is 10-2 in its last 12 games and has established a new high-water mark of being 32 games above .500
Closer Jon Hunton leads the Atlantic League with 34 saves. That’s eight more than anyone else in the league. He has only blown two saves since June 1st. Hunton is four saves away from breaking the single season Patriots record for most saves in a year and Hunton is seven saves away from breaking the Atlantic League record for most saves in a year.
Brian Barden had two homers in his first 44 games but he has three homers in his last seven games.
Daryle Ward has started 22 games and has totaled 17 RBI since signing with Somerset on July 18th.
The Somerset Patriots are the 2014 1st Half Liberty Division Champions! This is their 13th Half Title in franchise history as the Patriots are going to the playoffs for some serious September baseball! The Patriots have elected to take the back three games of the first round series at home so they will open up the postseason on the road. Tickets are on sale by calling 908-252-0700.
The Patriots are trying to repeat as half division title winners. They currently lead the 2nd Half Liberty Division standings by 6.5 games over Camden
The Patriots are 57-7 when they score four runs or more but only 9-27 when they score three runs or fewer.
Walk This Way
As an offense Somerset has drawn the most walks in the Atlantic League (355)
Lucky Number Seven
The Patriots are 45-2 when they lead after seven innings
New to our media network this week is Getting To Know Jonny Tucker. The next SPN.TV live stream game will be on Saturday, August 9st.
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.