Bridgewater, NJ – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (11-9, 49-41) host the Bridgeport Bluefish (11-9, 41-49) for the first game of a four game weekend series. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. from TD Bank Ballpark. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. Both these squads are tied for second in the second half Liberty Division standings. Each is 2.0 games behind the Long Island Ducks. Somerset is 6-4 against Bridgeport in 2016. Somerset is looking for its fourth straight playoff appearance while Bridgeport has not qualified since 2010.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Righty Randy Boone (0-0, 10.80 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow righty hurler Jonathan Albaladejo (9-3, 4.45 ERA) will toss for Bridgeport. This will be Boone’s second appearance of the year. Albaladejo was an Atlantic League All-Star.
Yovan Gonzalez hit .208 in May. Hit .237 in June. In July is hitting .286. He is in the midst of a season-high eight game hitting streak.
Same Old Storey
In 12 outings as a starting pitcher Mickey Storey had a 7.01 ERA. In four outings as a reliever Mickey Storey has thrown 7.1 scoreless innings.
A Cut Above The Rest
In 124 games last year, David Vidal had 12 HRs. In 37 games this year, David Vidal has 11 HRs. He is in the midst of a season-high eight game hitting streak.
LaHair Hammering Opposition
Bryan LaHair is second in the Atlantic League in RBI with 55
Eric Farris has tallied 40 hits in his last 24 games (40 for his last 94 so .425 BA). He has thirteen multi-hit games over that span. He has raised his batting average from .256 to .304. He has hit safely in 20 of the 24 contests.
Keeping Up With The Jones
Mycal Jones is hitting .405 against Bluefish pitching thus far
Jon Hunton is 16-for-16 in his last 16 save opportunities. His last blown save was May 21st. He is second in the Atlantic League in saves with 23.
Somerset has swiped the most bases in the league with 120. That’s 21 more than the next closest team. Mycal Jones is third in the league with 27. Scott Kelly is fourth in the league with 26. Eric Farris is seventh in the league with 21.
I Wanna Be Like Mike
In his last 20 appearances Mike Thomas has logged 20.2 innings, yielded 1 earned run, struck out 17 and walked two batters. He has yielded one earned run since June 8th.
Patience Is A Virtue
The Patriots have drawn 42 more walks than the next closest team in the league
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