Central Islip, NY – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (15-16, 53-48) visit the Long Island Ducks (17-12, 57-42) for the second 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 8-9 against Long Island in 2016. The all-time series is 161-161. The Ducks took the opener last night 8-6.
The Ducks lead the Bluefish by .5 game and Ducks lead Somerset by 3.0 games in Liberty race. The Revs lead the Skeeters by .5 games in the Freedom race.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Righty Shaun Garceau (3-3, 4.15 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow right hander Nick Struck (1-2, 4.44 ERA) will toss for Long Island.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Garceau is 1-0 with a 2.49 ERA in his last three starts. He is pitching on two extra days rest as he was battling an illness that was forced him to be scratched from his scheduled Sunday start.
10 of the last 13 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 four games of the seven game road trip, Somerset has scored 31 runs, totaled 53 hits and drew 22 walks
A Cut Above The Rest
In 124 games last year, David Vidal had 12 HRs. In 48 games this year, David Vidal has 16 HRs. That is tied for second in the league. He has hit safely in 17 of his last 19 games. He is batting .347 with 40 RBI. He hit .259 last year.
Guz Is The Man
Carlos Guzman has reached base 13 of his last 17 times at the plate. Five of his last eight hits have been for extra bases.
LaHair Hammering Competition
Bryan LaHair is fourth in the Atlantic League in RBI with 60. He has 14 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 137. That’s 26 more than the next closest team. Scott Kelly is third in the league with 29. Eric Farris is fifth in the league with 25.
Patience Is A Virtue
The Patriots have drawn 52 more walks than the next closest team in the league
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