Bridgewater, NJ – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (36-30) host the New Britain Bees (32-33) for the final game of a four game midweek series. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. from TD Bank Ballpark. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. Somerset is 3-6 against New Britain this season. Somerset needs to win this game to avoid its third straight series loss.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Righty Mickey Storey (1-4, 5.89 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow righty hurler Cole Johnson (5-6, 2.89 ERA) will toss for New Britain.
With 4 games remaining, the Ducks lead the Patriots by 1.0 game in the Liberty Division first half race. Somerset’s lead was as many as 6.0 games. The Patriots do indeed own the tiebreaker. Both teams conclude the first half with four straight home games. Patriots play 1 with Bees tonight, 3 with Bluefish. Ducks play 1 with York tonight, 3 with Sugar Land. If the Patriots win their final four games they would need for Long Island to lose one game.
James Skelton, New Britain’s catcher, played for Somerset in 2013 & 2015. He was an All-Star a year ago. He was presented his Championship Ring before the series opener on Monday. He had one home run in 84 games with Somerset last year. This year for New Britain he has 7 home runs in 53 games. Four of which have come against Somerset.
Jon Hunton is 9-for-9 in his last nine save opportunities
Eggs Sunny Side Up
Aharon Eggleston leads the team in batting average at .302
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 91. That’s 27 more than the next closest team. Scott Kelly leads the league with 24. Mycal Jones is tied for third in league with 20.
Patience Is A Virtue
The Patriots have drawn 34 more walks than the next closest team in the league
Extra Extra Reid All About It
In nine appearances as a Patriot, Ryan Reid has yielded zero earned runs (9.1 innings). He is 13 months removed from Tommy John surgery.
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