Bridgewater, NJ – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (19-18, 57-50) host the York Revolution (21-15, 61-45) for the first game of a four game midweek series. The Patriots have won four of five. 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 Revolution this season. Somerset is in the midst of playing 13 of 16 at home.
The Ducks lead the Patriots by 1.0 game in Liberty race. Meanwhile the Bluefish are just 0.5 games behind the Ducks. The Skeeters lead the Revs by 0.5 games in the Freedom race.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Lefty Rudy Owens (3-3, 4.96 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while right hander Micah Owings (4-4, 4.54 ERA) will toss for York.
The Patriots have scored at least one run in the first inning in 10 of their last 11 games
During the last 10 games, Somerset scored 72 runs, totaled 116 hits and drew 44 walks. They have scored at least five runs in every one of those games.
A Cut Above The Rest
In 124 games last year, David Vidal had 12 HRs. In 54 games this year, David Vidal has 19 HRs. That is second most in the league. Vidal missed 53 games with a quad injury. He has hit safely in 22 of his last 25 games. He is batting .337 with 46 RBI. He hit .259 last year. His career high in homers is 20 done in 2011 during a 127 game span.
LaHair Hammering Competition
Bryan LaHair is third in the Atlantic League in RBI with 66. He is batting .375 in his last nine games.
13 of the l8 Somerset games have been decided by two runs or less. Nine of those contests were decided by one run.
Jon Hunton is 22-for-23 in his last 23 save opportunities. His has blown one save since May 21st. He is tied for the league lead in saves with 29.
Somerset has swiped the most bases in the league with 140. That’s 25 more than the next closest team. Scott Kelly is third in the league with 32. Eric Farris is fifth in the league with 25.
Jim Miller, the former big leaguer with the Yankees, Orioles, Rockies and A’s, has yet to allow an earned run in 11 relief appearances (11.1 innings).
Guz Is The Man
Carlos Guzman reached safely in 23 of his 43 plate appearances
Patience Is A Virtue
The Patriots have drawn 50 more walks than the next closest team in the league
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