Bridgeport, CT – Today the Somerset Patriots (36-27, 74-59) visit the Bridgeport Bluefish (32-31, 62-71) for the first game of a three game midweek series. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. Specifically, there is a split admission day-night doubleheader. Game one will be seven innings. That’s at 10:35 a.m. from Harbor Yard. Game two will be nine innings. That’s at 7:12 p.m. from Harbor Yard. The Patriots are 9-8 against the Bluefish in 2016.
The Patriots can clinch the Second Half Liberty Division Title as early as this evening. They must sweep the doubleheader against the Bluefish AND have New Britain lose to Southern Maryland. The Patriots Magic Number over Bridgeport is 4 and Magic Number over New Britain is 3.
Starting Pitching Matchup Game One
Lefty Efrain Nieves (3-0, 1.33 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while right hander David Kubiak (7-4, 3.42 ERA) will toss for Bridgeport
Starting Pitching Matchup Game Two
Righty Alexis Candelario (2-1, 5.68 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow right hander Jonathan Albaldejo (13-6, 4.22 ERA) will toss for Bridgeport
Eggs Sunny Side Up
From July 20th through September 10th Aharon Eggleston reached base in every game at least once. It was a streak of 43 games, the longest in franchise history.
David Vidal is tied for the Atlantic League lead in home runs with 24. That’s also a career-high. He has three multi-homer games this year. He had 12 homers all of last year. He has 10 go ahead home runs this year.
Kyle Roller has reached base in 9 of his last 13 plate appearances
Patience Is A Virtue
The Patriots have drawn 88 more walks than the next closest team in the league
Eric Farris has hit safely in 19 of his last 22 games. He is batting .381 in 10 September games with 13 RBI.
LaHair Hammering Competition
Bryan LaHair is tied for second in the Atlantic League in RBI with 81. He bats .338 with RISP and .364 with two outs and RISP.
Somerset has swiped the most bases in the league with 161. That’s 21 more than the next closest team. Scott Kelly is third in the league with 37.
Jim Miller, the former big leaguer with the Yankees, Orioles, Rockies and A’s, has yet to allow an earned run in 23 relief appearances (23.0 innings). He has 21 Ks and 2 BBs.
Kyler Newby had a 4.46 ERA last year but this year his ERA is 2.17. He has surrendered two runs since June 30th.
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