Bridgewater, NJ – Today the Somerset Patriots (6-5, 44-37) host the Sugar Land Skeeters (6-6, 41-41) for a split admission doubleheader. First pitch for game one is scheduled for 11:05 a.m. and it will be seven innings from TD Bank Ballpark. First pitch for game two is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. and it will be nine innings from TD Bank Ballpark. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. The Patriots are 2-9 against the Skeeters this year but lead the all-time series 53-39.
Starting Pitching Matchup Game One
Righty Jeremy McBryde (6-4, 5.04 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow righty hurler Tim Alderson (0-0, 4.97 ERA) will toss for Sugar Land. This is just McBryde’s second start since 2010.
Starting Pitching Matchup Game Two
Righty Will Oliver (0-1, 3.46 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow righty hurler Sean Gallagher (6-4, 3.03 ERA) will toss for Sugar Land. Oliver has hurled four straight quality starts (at least six innings, three runs or fewer)
Last night the Patriots drilled three triples (Mateo, LaHair, Robinson) which tied a franchise record for most triples in a game. They also hit three in a game in 2001, 2004, 2007.
A Cut Above The Rest
David Vidal is hitting .341 this year when he only hit .259 last year
During Somerset’s last 13 games the bullpen has been impeccable. They have logged 52.2 innings and yielded only seven runs which is good for a 1.21 ERA. They’ve struck out 49, walked 7 and allowed 29 hits.
Eric Farris has tallied 30 hits in his last 16 games (30 for his last 64 so .469 BA). He has nine multi-hit games over that span. He has raised his batting average from .256 to .301. He has hit safely in 14 of the 16 contests
Jon Hunton is 14-for-14 in his last 14 save opportunities. His last blown save was May 21st
Texas Sized Problem
The Patriots have mustered three runs or fewer in nine of the eleven games against the Skeeters this year
Somerset has swiped the most bases in the league with 114. That’s 29 more than the next closest team. Mycal Jones is second in the league with 27. Scott Kelly is fourth in the league with 25. Eric Farris is sixth in the league with 20.
I Wanna Be Like Mike
In his last 15 appearances Mike Thomas has logged 15.2 innings, yielded 0 runs, struck out 12 and walked two batters
Patience Is A Virtue
The Patriots have drawn 29 more walks than the next closest team in the league
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