Bridgewater, NJ – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (37-30, 84-53) host the Bridgeport Bluefish (23-44, 45-92) for the first game of a three game weekend series. This is the final regular season series of the year. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. from TD Bank Ballpark. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. The Patriots have already qualified for the postseason while Bridgeport has been eliminated. The last time Bridgeport made the playoffs was 2010. Somerset is 14-3 against the Bridgeport in 2014.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Lefty Roy Merritt (1-0, 2.25 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while righty hurler Tomo Ohka (6-12, 5.46 ERA) takes the hill for the Fish.
The Somerset Patriots are the 2014 1st Half & 2nd Half Liberty Division Champions! This is their 14th 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.
Jake Can Rake
The Patriots have re-signed the reigning Atlantic League MVP Jake Fox. Last year in 96 games Fox hit .310 with 25 HRs and 82 RBI. The prolific slugger has 211 career minor league home runs. In two starts in 2014 Fox already has two multi-hit games.
The Patriots pitching staff has gone five straight games without allowing a home run
Somerset will either play Lancaster or Sugar Land in round one. If the season ended today it’d be Lancaster
The Patriots have 39 come from behind wins, 18 wins in their final at bat and seven walk-off wins this year
Closer Jon Hunton leads the Atlantic League with 48 saves. That’s 20 more than anyone else in the league. Hunton has already set the Atlantic League single season saves record as he broke Mike Guilfoyle’s record of 40 done in 2003 with Bridgeport. Hunton has more saves than Bridgeport and Camden do overall wins.
The Patriots are 69-15 when they score four runs or more but only 15-38 when they score three runs or fewer.
Lucky Number Seven
The Patriots are 59-3 when they lead after seven innings
New to our media network this week is an episode of On The Road in Bridgeport. Our next live stream game will be on Saturday, September 20th against the Bridgeport Bluefish
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.