Sugar Land, TX – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (34-25) visit the Sugar Land Skeeters (30-29) for the first game of a four game weekend series. First pitch is scheduled for 8:05 p.m. eastern time from Constellation Field. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. The Patriots are in the midst of a nonstop seven game nonstop road trip. The Patriots are 0-6 against the Skeeters this year. They’ve scored three runs or fewer in every contest. Due to travel issues, last night’s series opener was postponed and there will be a doubleheader tomorrow starting at 7:05 p.m. eastern time. Two seven inning games with a 30 minute break in between.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Righty Donovan Hand (1-1, 3.05 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while southpaw Roy Merritt (1-1, 3.27 ERA) will toss for Sugar Land. Merritt was the 2015 Atlantic League Championship Series MVP for Somerset last year. He allowed 1 earned run in three starts totaling 23.0 innings.
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Reeling In New Rotation
Darin Gorski (AAA Mets), Scott McGregor (Korea) and Jeremy Horst (Mexico) were all in the Somerset Patriots original starting rotation but are now elsewhere
The Patriots lead the Atlantic League in runs scored with 291
With 11 games remaining, the Patriots lead the Ducks by 2.5 games in the Liberty Division race. Somerset’s lead was as many as 6.0 games. The Patriots do indeed own the tiebreaker. The Ducks are visiting the Bluefish for an evening contest.
Guz Is The Man
During his last 12 games, Carlos Guzman has raised his batting average from .199 to .242. He is 17-for-44 (.386) with 15 RBI and 4 SBs. He has hit safely in 10 of his last 12 games. He had 12 total RBI in April/May.
LaHair Hammering Opposition
Bryan LaHair is 16-for-31 (.516) in his last nine games. He has 3 HRs, 8 BBs, and 10 RBI.
Time To Grind
From June 11th to July 9th the Somerset Patriots do not have an off day. They are playing 30 straight games to close the first half.
Somerset has swiped the most bases in the league with 85. That’s 27 more than the next closest team. Scott Kelly leads the league with 23. Mycal Jones is third in league with 19.
Patience Is A Virtue
The Patriots have drawn 31 more walks than the next closest team in the league
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