Bridgewater, NJ –Tonight the Somerset Patriots (37-32) host the Bridgeport Bluefish (30-39) for the rubber 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. The game will be broadcast via SPN.TV. There will be fireworks after the game. Somerset is 5-4 against Bridgeport this year. This is the final game of the first half.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Righty Will Oliver (0-1, 4.50 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow righty hurler D.J. Mitchell (2-1, 3.60 ERA) will toss for Bridgeport.
Long Island won the First Half Liberty Division Title. York won the First Half Freedom Division Title. The second stanza of 70 games begins tomorrow. Six teams eye two more playoff slots.
Recap In A Snap
Last night’s game was the longest game of the season in terms of innings (15) and time (5 hours, 15 minutes) but the Patriots outlasted the Bluefish 8-7. Aharon Eggleston hit a walk-off RBI single as the Somerset Patriots overcame a five run deficit from earlier in the game to win. It was their 4th walk-off win of the year and 19th win in come from behind fashion. They had been 0-24 when trailing after eight innings but they scored three in the ninth to force bonus baseball and ultimately win.
Meat On The Bone
Last night the Patriots stranded 22 men on base. That’s a franchise record.
Making Them Count
Of David Vidal’s last 9 hits, 7 are for extra bases. He has three HRs this homestand.
Eric Farris has tallied 12 hits in his last four games. He has four straight multi-hit games (12 for his last 21so .545 BA).
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 .309 which is good for 5th best in league
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 99. That’s 31 more than the next closest team. Scott Kelly leads and Mycal Jones lead the league with 24.
Patience Is A Virtue
The Patriots have drawn 36 more walks than the next closest team in the league
Extra Extra Reid All About It
In 11 appearances as a Patriot, Ryan Reid has yielded zero earned runs (11.1 innings). He is 14 months removed from Tommy John surgery.
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