Bridgewater, NJ – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (12-10, 50-42) host the Bridgeport Bluefish (12-10, 42-50) for a single admission doubleheader. First pitch for game one is scheduled for 4:05 p.m. from TD Bank Ballpark. First pitch for game two is scheduled 30 minutes after the conclusion of game one. Each contest will be seven innings. Long Island is 1.5 up on both Somerset and Bridgeport in the second half standings. Somerset is 7-5 against Bridgeport in 2016. Somerset is looking for its fourth straight playoff appearance while Bridgeport has not qualified since 2010.
Starting Pitching Matchup Game One
Righty Will Oliver (1-1, 3.16 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow righty hurler Blake Beavan (4-3, 3.68 ERA) will toss for Bridgeport.
Starting Pitching Matchup Game Two
Righty Donovan Hand (3-3, 4.55 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow righty hurler David Kubiak (4-2, 2.67 ERA) will toss for Bridgeport.
A Cut Above The Rest
In 124 games last year, David Vidal had 12 HRs. In 39 games this year, David Vidal has 13 HRs. He is in the midst of a season-high 10 game hitting streak. He has homered in three of his last four games.
Getting Better Month By Month
Yovan Gonzalez hit .208 in May. Hit .237 in June. In July is hitting .277.
Same Old Storey
In 12 outings as a starting pitcher Mickey Storey had a 7.01 ERA. In five outings as a reliever Mickey Storey has thrown 8.1 scoreless innings.
Home Sweet Home
Carlos Guzman bats .194 on the road but .318 at home
Eric Farris has tallied 43 hits in his last 26 games (43 for his last 101 so .425 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 22 of the 26 contests.
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 126. That’s 22 more than the next closest team. Mycal Jones is third in the league with 30. Scott Kelly is fourth in the league with 26. Eric Farris is sixth in the league with 23.
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 41 more walks than the next closest team in the league
My Rewards Code
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