Bridgewater, NJ –Today the Somerset Patriots (19-11) host the Long Island Ducks (18-11) for the final game of a crucial three game weekend series. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. from TD Bank Ballpark. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. Long Island is in sweep mode while Somerset is in salvage mode. The Patriots are 6-3 against the Ducks in 2016 and have already clinched the first half tiebreaker. Somerset’s lead in the division was as many as 6.0 but it has dwindled to 0.5. Somerset has a 6-11 record since their record setting 13-0 start. Long Island started the year 1-6 but since is 17-5.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Lefty Darin Gorski (1-1, 5.81 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow southpaw Jack Snodgrass (3-2, 4.22 ERA) will toss for Long Island.
Looking Like The 2012 All-Star
Over the last 11 games, Bryan LaHair has raised his batting average from .196 to .297. Over the 11 game stretch he has 8 RBI, hit safely in 9 games and is 17-for-38 good for an amazing .447 clip. He was a reserve MLB All-Star for the Chicago Cubs four years ago.
Second Time Around
In 13 appearances this year, Gus Schlosser has hurled 12.1 scoreless innings. Last year he yielded eight runs in 19.0 innings. Vinny Zarrillo has 9 RBI in 12 games. Last year he totaled 5 RBI in 23 games.
Producing To All Fields
Matt Fields is tied for second in the Atlantic League in RBI with 19
Lack Of Fundamentals
The Patriots have committed at least one error in 13 of their last 15 games. They have committed the most errors in the Atlantic League with 31 along with York.
Eric Farris in the midst of a 11 game hitting streak. He has the 4th best BA in league at .339
Keeping Up With The Jones
Mycal Jones is 7-for-13 in his last three games raising his batting average from .194 to .258
Somerset has swiped the most bases in the league with 47. That’s 14 more than the next closest team. Nine different players have multiple steals.
Patience Is A Virtue
In 21 Rob Kral has 18 walks good for third most in the Atlantic League
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