Bridgewater, NJ – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (12-9, 50-41) host the Bridgeport Bluefish (11-10, 41-50) for the second 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. Long Island is 1.0 up on Somerset and 2.0 up on Bridgeport in the second half standings. Somerset is 7-4 against Bridgeport in 2016. The Patriots notched their 29th come from behind win by taking the series opener last night 4-3. Somerset is looking for its fourth straight playoff appearance while Bridgeport has not qualified since 2010.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Lefty Rudy Owens (2-2, 4.69 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while righty hurler D.J. Mitchell (2-3, 4.18 ERA) will toss for Bridgeport.
A Cut Above The Rest
In 124 games last year, David Vidal had 12 HRs. In 38 games this year, David Vidal has 12 HRs. He is in the midst of a season-high nine game hitting streak.
Getting Better Month By Month
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.
LaHair Hammering Opposition
Bryan LaHair is fourth in the Atlantic League in RBI with 55
Eric Farris has tallied 42 hits in his last 25 games (42 for his last 98 so .429 BA). He has fourteen multi-hit games over that span. He has raised his batting average from .256 to .306. He has hit safely in 21 of the 25 contests.
Rollin’ Rollin’ Rollin’
Kyle Roller in five starts with Somerset is 8-for-19 (.421) with four walks.
Jon Hunton is 17-for-17 in his last 17 save opportunities. His last blown save was May 21st. He is tied for first in the league in saves at 24 with Mike DeMark of York.
Somerset has swiped the most bases in the league with 122. That’s 21 more than the next closest team. Mycal Jones is third in the league with 29. 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 21 appearances Mike Thomas has logged 21.2 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 38 more walks than the next closest team in the league
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