Bridgewater, NJ – Today the Somerset Patriots (12-14, 50-46) host the Long Island Ducks (15-9, 55-39) for the final game of a three game midweek series. First pitch is scheduled for 11:05 a.m. from TD Bank Ballpark. There will be a video simulcast on SPN.TV. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. Long Island is in sweep mode. Somerset is in salvage mode. The Patriots are 7-8 against the Ducks in 2016. The all-time series is tied at 160-160 as it’s a rivalry that began in 2000. Long Island is 4.0 games ahead of Somerset in the second half divisional race.
The Patriots lost 6 of 7, then won 5 in a row, now have lost 7 of 8. In fact, they’re in the midst of a season-high five game losing streak. The longest losing streak in the Brett Jodie Era was six in a row back in July of 2013.
Recap In A Snap Game One
Long Island rallied past Somerset 4-2 in 10 innings last night for the series opener. It was a rare loss for the Patriots as Jon Hunton blew his first save in nine weeks. The Patriots had been 40-2 when leading after eight innings but the Flock tallied one in the 9th and two in the 10th. RBI two out hits in extra innings by veterans Cody Puckett and Dan Lyons proved to be the difference.
Recap In A Snap Game Two
Long Island improved to 45-1 when leading after seven innings. The Ducks tagged Randy Boone for three first inning runs as the right hander labored out of the gate hurling 39 pitches in the first frame. He settled down to retire 13 of the final 14 batters he faced. In the bottom of the ninth inning with two outs, Mycal Jones tried to score from second base as he represented the tying run. Aharon Eggleston’s single was a looper to left field but All-Star left fielder ended the game with an outfield assist in dramatic fashion.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Lefty Rudy Owens (2-3, 5.05 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow southpaw Dustin Richardson (1-2, 3.04 ERA) will toss for Long Island.
A Cut Above The Rest
In 124 games last year, David Vidal had 12 HRs. In 43 games this year, David Vidal has 14 HRs. He has hit safely in 12 of his last 14 games.
In two outings, Nik Turley has struck out 11 batters of the 16 he has faced. He has tossed five scoreless innings of relief.
LaHair Hammering Competition
Bryan LaHair is tied for third in the Atlantic League in RBI with 59
Jon Hunton is 17-for-18 in his last 18 save opportunities. His has blown one save since May 21st. He is tied with Mike DeMark for the league lead in saves with 24.
Somerset has swiped the most bases in the league with 130. 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 tied for fifth 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 42 more walks than the next closest team in the league
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