Bridgewater, NJ – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (15-7) host the Bridgeport Bluefish (13-9) in the first game of a four game midweek series between these two Atlantic League flagship franchises. These two squads are 3-3 against each other in 2015. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. from TD Bank Ballpark. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. The Patriots have won seven of their last eight games and are 8-1 at home.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Lefty Matt Zielinski (0-0, 1.02 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow southpaw Scott Maine (1-1, 4.42 ERA) will toss for Bridgeport.
Flare For The Dramatics
The Patriots have seven wins in their final at bat through their first 22 games including four walk-off wins
Number four hitter in the batting order Chris Marrero leads the team in home runs (4) and RBI (11)
Happy & Healthy
Both former big leaguers Mat Gamel (Brewers) and Scott Cousins (Marlins & Angels) returned to the Somerset lineup after missing a dozen games each with injuries
The Patriots boast the best team ERA in the Atlantic League at 1.84. Meanwhile Bridgeport has the second best collective ERA at 2.83.
The Bluefish have scored the most runs in the Atlantic League while the Patriots have scored the fewest runs in the Atlantic League
Nate Spears is in the midst of a nine game hitting streak but he only has one multi-hit game over that span
Setting The Tone
The Patriots are 12-2 this year when they score first
The Patriots are 8-0 when the smack a home run
They are 11-3 in games decided by two runs or less
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.