Bridgewater, NJ – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (33-26, 71-58) host the Sugar Land Skeeters (32-27, 67-62) for the final 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. The Patriots are in sweep mode while the Skeeters are in salvage mode. These two squads are tailing in opposite directions as Somerset has won three straight series and Sugar Land has dropped 10 of their last 11. Somerset is 7-12 against Sugar Land in 2016.
There are 11 games to go in the season. Somerset is up 3.0 games on Bridgeport in the Liberty Division race while New Britain is 3.5 games back. Skeeters and Revs are tied atop the Freedom Division.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Lefty Nik Turley (4-1, 2.75 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow southpaw Aaron Thompson (8-5, 3.93 ERA) will toss for Sugar Land.
Eggs Sunny Side Up
Aharon Eggleston has reached base safely in 41 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 9 of their last 10 games. Somerset has scored the most runs in the Atlantic League.
Patience Is A Virtue
The Patriots have drawn 86 more walks than the next closest team in the league
Eric Farris has hit safely in 16 of his last 18 games. He is batting .423 in six September games with 11 RBI.
LaHair Hammering Competition
Bryan LaHair is second in the Atlantic League in RBI with 81. He bats .345 with RISP and .373 with two outs and RISP.
Somerset has swiped the most bases in the league with 159. That’s 23 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.
The Patriots have committed one error over the span of their last eight games. They have committed the fewest errors in the Atlantic League
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