Bridgewater, NJ – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (26-23, 64-55) host the New Britain Bees (21-28, 57-62) for the rubber game of a three game weekend series. First pitch is scheduled for 5:05 p.m. from TD Bank Ballpark. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. Somerset is 4-8 against New Britain. Five of the twelve meetings have been decided by one run. These squads play each other 8 times the final 21 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
Lefty Nik Turley (3-1, 2.52 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while right hander Brian Dupra (4-3, 4.35 ERA) will toss for New Britain.
Happy 29th Birthday to Somerset starting pitcher and two-time Atlantic League Champion Shaun Garceau
Patience Is A Virtue
The Patriots have drawn 72 more walks than the next closest team in the league
LaHair Hammering Competition
Bryan LaHair is second in the Atlantic League in RBI with 77. He bats .346 with RISP and .371 with two outs and RISP.
Eggs Sunny Side Up
Aharon Eggleston has hit safely in 28 of his last 30 games. He is in the midst of a 13 game hitting streak which establishes a season-high. He has the fourth best batting average in the Atlantic League at .319
In 66 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 .319 with 55 RBI. He hit .259 last year with 12 HRs in 124 games. He has clubbed nine go ahead home runs.
RU Ready For Domination?
Vinny Zarrillo is 12-for-26 during his six game hitting streak which establishes a season-high. He has tallied four multi-hit games over that span.
Guz Is The Man
In August, Carlos Guzman is batting .341 with 4 HRs and 16 RBI
Jon Hunton is 25-for-27 in his last 27 save opportunities. His has blown two saves since May 21st. He leads the league in saves with 32. It’s his fourth straight year of tallying 30 saves.
Somerset has swiped the most bases in the league with 153. That’s 24 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 17 relief appearances (17.1 innings). He has 20 Ks and 1 BBs.
Kyler Newby had a 4.46 ERA last year but this year his ERA is 2.23
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