Bridgewater, NJ – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (6-7, 44-39) host the Sugar Land Skeeters (8-6, 43-41) for the final game of the four game midweek series. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. from TD Bank Ballpark. There will be an online video simulcast on SPN.TV. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. The Patriots are 2-11 against the Skeeters this year but lead the all-time series 53-41. The Patriots began the first 13 games of the first half a remarkable 13-0, but they have begun the first 13 games of the second half a pedestrian 6-7.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Righty Donovan Hand (3-2, 4.56 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while southpaw Aaron Thompson (4-3, 4.34 ERA) will toss for Sugar Land.
Somerset has lost six of its last seven games
The opponents have scored first against Somerset in 10 of the 13 games in this second half
A Cut Above The Rest
David Vidal is hitting .333 this year when he only hit .259 last year
Eric Farris has tallied 31 hits in his last 18 games (31 for his last 70 so .443 BA). He has nine multi-hit games over that span. He has raised his batting average from .256 to .298. He has hit safely in 15 of the 18 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 10 of the 13 games against the Skeeters this year
Somerset has swiped the most bases in the league with 115. That’s 25 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 seventh in the league with 21.
I Wanna Be Like Mike
In his last 16 appearances Mike Thomas has logged 16.2 innings, yielded 0 runs, struck out 13 and walked two batters
Patience Is A Virtue
The Patriots have drawn 34 more walks than the next closest team in the league
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