August 11th Game Notes; Patriots @ Ducks

Central Islip, NY – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (16-17, 54-49) visit the Long Island Ducks (18-13, 58-43) for the finale 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 9-10 against Long Island in 2016 but just 2-7 in the second half against their foes. The all-time series is 162-162 as the rivalry started in 2000. The Ducks have won two of the first three games in the series. Somerset is 3-3 on their current seven game road trip.   gameday1

Playoff Picture

The Ducks lead the Bluefish by 1.0 game and Ducks lead Somerset by 3.0 games in Liberty race. The Revs lead the Skeeters by 1.0 game in the Freedom race.

Starting Pitching Matchup

Righty Will Oliver (2-2, 2.76 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow right hander Bobby Blevins (1-7, 5.70 ERA) will toss for Long Island.

Close Contests

11 of the last 15 games for the Patriots have all been decided by two runs or less. Eight of those contests were one run ball games.

Offensive Output

During the first six games of the seven game road trip, Somerset has scored 43 runs, totaled 72 hits and drew 29 walks. They have scored at least five runs in every game.

A Cut Above The Rest

In 124 games last year, David Vidal had 12 HRs. In 50 games this year, David Vidal has 17 HRs. That is tied for the league lead with Lancaster’s Sean Halton and Vidal missed 53 games with a quad injury. He has hit safely in 19 of his last 21 games. He is batting .341 with 42 RBI. He hit .259 last year.

Auspicious Starts

The Patriots have scored at least one run in the first inning in six of their last seven games

LaHair Hammering Competition

Bryan LaHair is fourth in the Atlantic League in RBI with 60. He has 13 more than anyone else on his team.

Closing Time

Jon Hunton is 20-for-21 in his last 21 save opportunities. His has blown one save since May 21st.  He is second in the league in saves with 27.

Somerset Speedsters

Somerset has swiped the most bases in the league with 137. That’s 24 more than the next closest team. Scott Kelly is third in the league with 29. Eric Farris is fifth in the league with 25.

Guz Is The Man

Carlos Guzman has reached safely in 16 of his 26 plate appearances during the road trip

Patience Is A Virtue

The Patriots have drawn 49 more walks than the next closest team in the league

My Rewards Code

Download the Somerset Patriots App in the App Store on your mobile device or tablet. In the top left corner go to the drop down menu then select My Rewards. Today’s Game Notes secret code is “rays12” so type rays12 and click submit and you can earn free rewards points. You can win prizes throughout the season by amassing rewards points.

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