Bridgewater, NJ – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (25-22, 63-54) host the New Britain Bees (20-27, 56-61) for the first game of a three game weekend series. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. from TD Bank Ballpark. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. Somerset is 3-7 against New Britain. These squads play each other 10 times the final 23 games of the season.
Somerset is up 0.5 games on Bridgeport in the Liberty Division race while Long Island is 3.0 games back and New Britain is 5.0 games back. The Skeeters lead the Revs by 4.0 games in the Freedom race.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Righty Alexis Candelario (0-1, 6.58 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow right hander Daniel Sattler (1-2, 2.61 ERA) will toss for New Britain. Candelario began the year in the Italian League but latched on with Somerset for three starts in June. He departed for the Mexican League the last two months but he is back in the Atlantic League for the playoff push. Sattler won a Championship with the Patriots last year as a reliever. He was 8-2, 3.94 ERA over 47 games with 64 Ks and 35 BBs.
Patience Is A Virtue
The Patriots have drawn 63 more walks than the next closest team in the league
The Patriots have amassed 47 hits their last four games and stranded 44 base runners
Eggs Sunny Side Up
Aharon Eggleston has hit safely in 26 of his last 28 games. He is in the midst of a 11 game hitting streak which ties a season-high. He has the fourth best batting average in the Atlantic League at .319
In 64 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 is batting .335 with 55 RBI. He hit .259 last year with 12 HRs in 124 games. He has clubbed nine go ahead home runs.
LaHair Hammering Competition
Bryan LaHair is third in the league in RBI with 73.
Guz Is The Man
In August Carlos Guzman is batting .341 with 4 HRs and 16 RBI
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 151. That’s 25 more than the next closest team. Scott Kelly is third in the league with 35. Eric Farris is sixth 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 16 relief appearances (16.1 innings). He has 18 Ks and 0 BBs.
Kyler Newby had a 4.46 ERA last year but this year his ERA is 2.28
RU Ready For Domination
Vinny Zarrillo has recorded multi-hit games in three of his last four contests
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