Central Islip, NY – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (15-15, 53-47) host the Long Island Ducks (16-12, 56-42) for the first game of a four game midweek series. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. from Bethpage Ballpark. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. Somerset is 8-8 against Long Island in 2016. It has been a long travel day for Somerset as they flew from the southwest to the northeast this morning.
The Ducks and Bluefish lead the Patriots by 2.0 games in Liberty race. The Skeeters and the Revs are tied in the Freedom race.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Righty Randy Boone (0-1, 7.29 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow right hander D.J. Mitchell (3-3, 4.33 ERA) will toss for Long Island.
Nine of the last twelve games for the Patriots have all been decided by two runs or less. Seven of those contests were one run ball games.
During the first three games of the seven game road trip, Somerset has scored 25 runs, totaled 43 hits and drew 15 walks
A Cut Above The Rest
In 124 games last year, David Vidal had 12 HRs. In 47 games this year, David Vidal has 16 HRs. That is tied for second in the league. He has hit safely in 16 of his last 18 games. He is batting .349 with 40 RBI. He hit .259 last year.
Guz Is The Man
Carlos Guzman has reached base 9 of his last 13 times at the plate. Four of his last five hits have been for extra bases.
LaHair Hammering Competition
Bryan LaHair is fourth in the Atlantic League in RBI with 60. He has 16 more than anyone else on his team.
Jon Hunton is 19-for-20 in his last 20 save opportunities. His has blown one save since May 21st.
Somerset has swiped the most bases in the league with 135. That’s 25 more than the next closest team. Scott Kelly is third in the league with 27. Eric Farris is tied for fourth in the league with 25.
Patience Is A Virtue
The Patriots have drawn 45 more walks than the next closest team in the league
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