Bridgewater, NJ – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (32-26, 70-58) host the Sugar Land Skeeters (32-26, 67-61) for the middle game of a three game midweek series. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. from TD Bank Ballpark. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. Somerset is 6-12 against Sugar Land in 2016. Somerset rallied for its 38th come from behind win of the year last night to edge the Skeeters 7-6 in 12 innings. It was a league high 17th extra inning contest for the Patriots and was capped via a Bryan LaHair walk-off RBI single down the right field line.
There are 12 games to go in the season. Somerset is up 2.5 games on Bridgeport in the Liberty Division race while New Britain is 3.5 games back. Skeeters lead the Revs by 1.0 game in the Freedom race.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Righty Will Oliver (4-2, 3.50 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow right hander Sean Gleason (2-7, 6.91 ERA) will toss for Sugar Land. Oliver has yielded three runs or fewer in 12 of his 13 starts. Gleason began the year with New Britain and pitched for Camden last year.
Eggs Sunny Side Up
Aharon Eggleston has reached base safely in 40 straight games. A streak that began on July 20th. It’s the longest streak in the Atlantic League this year.
David Vidal leads the Atlantic League in home runs with 24. That’s also a career-high. He has three multi-homer games this year. He has 12 homers all of last year.
The Patriots offense has mustered at least five runs in eight of their last nine games. Somerset has scored the most runs in the Atlantic League.
Patience Is A Virtue
The Patriots have drawn 85 more walks than the next closest team in the league
Eric Farris has hit safely in 15 of his last 17 games. He is batting .409 in September.
LaHair Hammering Competition
Bryan LaHair is second in the Atlantic League in RBI with 80. He bats .345 with RISP and .370 with two outs and RISP.
Somerset has swiped the most bases in the league with 159. That’s 24 more than the next closest team. Scott Kelly is third in the league with 36. Eric Farris is seventh 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 22 relief appearances (21.0 innings). He has 20 Ks and 1 BBs.
Swat The Skeeters
In 11 games against Sugar Land David Vidal is 23-for-45 (.511) with 6 HRs
Kyler Newby had a 4.46 ERA last year but this year his ERA is 2.08. He has surrendered one run since June 30th.
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