Bridgewater, NJ – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (12-12, 50-44) host the Long Island Ducks (13-9, 53-39) for the first game of a three game midweek series. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. from TD Bank Ballpark. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. The Patriots are 7-6 against the Ducks in 2016. Long Island and Bridgeport are both 2.0 games ahead of Somerset in the second half divisional race.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Righty Shaun Garceau (3-3, 4.41 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow righty hurler John Brownell (8-3, 2.89 ERA) will toss for Long Island. Garceau won a title with the Ducks in 2013 as Brownell was the Championship Series MVP that year.
A Cut Above The Rest
In 124 games last year, David Vidal had 12 HRs. In 41 games this year, David Vidal has 13 HRs.
Getting Better Month By Month
Yovan Gonzalez hit .208 in May. Hit .237 in June. In July is hitting .283.
LaHair Hammering Competition
Bryan LaHair is tied for second in the Atlantic League in RBI with 59
Home Sweet Home
Carlos Guzman bats .194 on the road but .307 at home
Eric Farris has tallied 43 hits in his last 28 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 .299. He hit .370 in July juxtaposed to .226 in June.
Jon Hunton is 17-for-17 in his last 17 save opportunities. His last blown save was May 21st.
Somerset has swiped the most bases in the league with 127. That’s 23 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 tied for sixth in the league with 23.
I Wanna Be Like Mike
In his last 22 appearances Mike Thomas has logged 22.2 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 43 more walks than the next closest team in the league
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