Bridgeport, CT – Today the Somerset Patriots (24-19, 62-51) visit the Bridgeport Bluefish (22-20, 52-60) for the final game of a crucial three game weekend series featuring these Liberty Division foes. First pitch is scheduled for 1:12 p.m. from Harbor Yard. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. Somerset is in sweep mode while Bridgeport is in salvage mode. Somerset is 9-7 against Bridgeport in 2016.
Somerset is up 1.5 games on Bridgeport in the Liberty Division race while Long Island is 3.0 games back. The Skeeters lead the Revs by 2.5 games in the Freedom race.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Righty Will Oliver (3-2, 3.18 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow right hnader Blake Beavan (5-4, 4.14 ERA) will toss for Bridgeport. Oliver has yielded three runs or fewer in nine of his ten starts. Beavan is a former first round draft pick out of high school in the Texas area in 2007.
The Patriots have scored at least one run in the first inning in 12 of their last 17 games
Eggs Sunny Side Up
Aharon Eggleston has reached base in eight of his ten plate appearances this series
During the last 16 games, Somerset scored 109 runs, totaled 187 hits and drew 73 walks. They have scored at least five runs in every contest except two over that stretch.
In 60 games this year, David Vidal has 21 HRs. That leads the league and is a personal career-high. Vidal missed 53 games with a quad injury. He has hit safely in 28 of his last 31 games. He is batting .335 with 53 RBI. He hit .259 last year with 12 HRs in 124 games. He needs 10 HRs the final 27 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 tied for second in the league in RBI with 71
16 of the 24 Somerset games have been decided by two runs or less. 10 of those contests were decided by one run.
Jon Hunton is 24-for-26 in his last 26 save opportunities. His has blown two saves since May 21st. He leads the league in saves with 31. It’s his fourth straight year of tallying 30 saves.
Somerset has swiped the most bases in the league with 149. That’s 30 more than the next closest team. Scott Kelly is third in the league with 34. 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 14 relief appearances (14.1 innings).
The Patriots pitching staff has struck out 66 batters the last six games and only walked 12.
Patience Is A Virtue
The Patriots have drawn 59 more walks than the next closest team in the league
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