Tonight the Somerset Patriots (6-5) travel to the Lone Star State to battle the Sugar Land Skeeters (8-5) for the final game of a three game midweek series. First pitch is scheduled for 8:05 p.m. eastern time from Constellation Field. Sugar Land has won the first two games of the set so the Skeeters are in sweep mode while the Patriots are in salvage mode.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Righty Mickey Storey (1-0, 0.81 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while southpaw Dan Meadows (0-2, 7.56 ERA) will toss for Sugar Land.
So Long Texas
This is the final time Somerset plays in Texas until September when Sugar Land and Somerset battle in a lengthy seven game series
Somerset has drawn the fewest walks in the Atlantic League (25) and scored the fewest runs in the Atlantic League (28). Eight of the 11 games the offense scored three runs or less including five games in a row.
The Somerset bullpen has been outstanding as they have logged 36.1 innings and allowed six earned runs good for a 1.50 ERA. Three different reliever have at least one save (Jon Hunton, Kyler Newby, Andrew Carignan)
The Patriots are in the midst of playing 9 of their first 12 on the road. They begin a six game homestand tomorrow.
The Patriots boast the best team ERA in the Atlantic League at 2.18
Through the first 11 games the Patriots have three last at bat wins. They are 5-1 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 8:05 p.m. eastern on 1450 AM WCTC or http://www.wctcam.com.
The Sugar Land Skeeters (8-5) defeated the Somerset Patriots (6-5) 7-1 Wednesday afternoon from Constellation Field.
In the bottom of the second inning Sugar Land scored a run without the benefit of a hit to take an early 1-0 advantage. Third baseman Patrick Palmeiro bounced into a double play that plated a run.
Left fielder Dustin Martin slapped a RBI single in the bottom of the fifth inning to expand Sugar Land’s lead to 2-0.
The Skeeters added a run in the bottom of the sixth inning when Palmeiro ripped a RBI single increasing the lead to 3-0.
Sugar Land exploded for four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to grab a commanding 7-0 lead. Third baseman Scott Kelly committed a fielding error that led to a run, pitcher T.J. Chism committed a throwing error that led to two runs, and Chism hurled a wild pitch that scored an additional run.
The Patriots got on the scoreboard via center fielder Jonny Tucker’s RBI double in the top of the eighth inning cutting the deficit to 7-1.
Matt Wright (1-0) earned the win tossing five innings of one hit, zero run baseball. Sean Bierman (0-1) sustained the loss lasting five innings while surrendering just two runs on four hits.
The 2015 Somerset Patriots season presented by Ford will continue on the road until the Patriots return to TD Bank Ballpark for a 7:05 p.m. game on Friday, May 8th against the Bridgeport Bluefish. For tickets, call 908-252-0700 or visit http://www.somersetpatriots.com.