Bridgewater, NJ – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (22-18, 60-50) host the York Revolution (21-18, 61-48) for the final game of a four game midweek series. Somerset is in sweep mode while York is in salvage mode. The Patriots have won seven of eight. Meanwhile the Revs have lost five of six. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. from TD Bank Ballpark. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. There will be a video stream via SPN.TV. The Patriots are 10-6 against the Revolution this season and 8-1 at home against them. Somerset leads the all-time series 99-93. Somerset is in the midst of playing 13 of 16 at home.
Somerset is 0.5 up on Bridgeport and 2.0 up on Long Island in the Liberty race. The Skeeters lead the Revs by 3.0 games in the Freedom race.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Righty Donovan Hand (4-4, 5.11 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow right hander Ty’Relle Harris (3-4, 4.99 ERA) will toss for York.
The Patriots have scored at least one run in the first inning in 11 of their last 14 games
During the last 13 games, Somerset scored 97 runs, totaled 153 hits and drew 59 walks. They have scored at least five runs in every one of those games. They are averaging 7.5 runs per game over this stretch and 12 hits a game.
In 57 games this year, David Vidal has 21 HRs. That leads the league and is a personal career-high. He has homered in three of his last four games. Vidal missed 53 games with a quad injury. He has hit safely in 25 of his last 28 games. He is batting .336 with 53 RBI. He hit .259 last year with 12 HRs in 124 games. He needs 10 HRs the final 30 games to break the single season Patriots HR Record. Josh Pressley and Brandon Larson each drilled 30 in 2008.
Mr. 15th Inning
Aharon Eggleston has two 15th inning walk-off hits this year. One on July 2nd against Bridgeport and one on August 15th against York.
LaHair Hammering Competition
Bryan LaHair is third in the Atlantic League in RBI with 69
Guz Is The Man
In August, Carlos Guzman is batting .389 with 4 HRs and 15 RBI. His OBP is .493.
15 of the 21 Somerset games have been decided by two runs or less. 10 of those contests were decided by one run.
Jon Hunton is 23-for-25 in his last 25 save opportunities. His has blown two saves since May 21st. He leads the league in saves with 30. It’s his fourth straight year of tallying 30 saves.
Somerset has swiped the most bases in the league with 146. That’s 29 more than the next closest team. Scott Kelly is third in the league with 33. 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 12 relief appearances (12.1 innings).
Scott Kelly is 12-for-26 this homestand (.462)
Patience Is A Virtue
The Patriots have drawn 58 more walks than the next closest team in the league
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