Bridgewater, NJ – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (36-31) host the Bridgeport Bluefish (28-39) for the first game of a three game weekend series. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. from TD Bank Ballpark. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. Somerset is 4-3 against Bridgeport this year. New Britain, Long Island and Somerset are all mathematically alive for postseason contention. The York Revolution won the Freedom Division First Half Title Thursday evening.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Righty Shaun Garceau (2-3, 4.59 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow righty hurler Blake Beavan (3-2, 4.30 ERA) will toss for Bridgeport.
Measuring Up Final Weekend
Somerset hosts Bridgeport for three games. Long Island hosts Sugar Land for three games. New Britain hosts Southern Maryland for four games. They play a doubleheader tonight.
SOMERSET: If the Patriots go 3-0, the Ducks must go 2-1. If the Patriots go 2-1, the Ducks must go 1-2. If the Patriots go 1-2, the Ducks must go 0-3 & New Britain has to lose at least one game.
LONG ISLAND: The Ducks magic is three. That can diminish with any combination of Patriots losses or Ducks wins
NEW BRITAIN: The Bees must go 4-0. The Ducks must go 0-3. The Patriots must go 1-2. All three teams would then be 37-33 and the Bees own the three way tiebreaker because they have the best head-to-head record amongst all three teams.
The Patriots have scored at least one first inning run in 5 of their last 7 games
Eric Farris has tallied back-to-back three hit games
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 .300
Guz Is The Man
Carlos Guzman had 12 RBI combined in April and May. In June he had 19 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 94. That’s 29 more than the next closest team. Scott Kelly leads the league with 24. Mycal Jones is tied for second in league with 21.
Patience Is A Virtue
The Patriots have drawn 31 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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