Somerset Patriots (13-6) vs. Sugar Land Skeeters (15-7)
Game #20 * Tuesday, May 22 * 6:35 pm * TD Bank Ballpark * Bridgewater, NJ
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Series at a Glance:
Tuesday (6:35 pm) SOM [RHP] Trevor Foss (0-1, 3.55 ERA) vs SL [RHP] Brett Marshall (1-0, 1.92 ERA)
Wednesday (6:35 pm) SOM [LHP] Duane Below (1-1, 4.84 ERA) vs SL [RHP] Dallas Beeler (1-0, 4.32 ERA)
Thursday (11:05 am) SOM [RHP] Kyle Davies (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs SL [LHP] Ben Griset (2-0, 3.72 ERA)
Click here to view today’s complete game note: GAME NOTES 5.22.18
FIRST PLACE BEST PLACE: Somerset has held at least a share of first place for every day so far this season. The Patriots were in held at least a share of first place for 72 straight-days in the first half last year, with only three days tied.
inVINCEable: Somerset’s bullpen features a number of former big leaguers, but first-year Patriot Vince Molesky has impressed thus far. Molesky has allowed just three earned runs over 15.1 innings this season, good for a 1.76 ERA (2nd in ALPB). He has tossed 9.1 consecutive scoreless innings with eight strikeouts.
ANTONINI SHINES: Second-year Patriots southpaw Mike Antonini has not allowed an earned run over his first 12.1 innings on just three hits with 15 K.
RED-HOT A-ROD: Shortstop Alfredo Rodriguez saw his six-game hit streak end Friday, but has reached base in 12 of his last 14. Over that span, Rodriguez is 18-for-50 (.360) with three RBI, four doubles, six walks and nine runs. His .344 average ranks eighth in the league, while his .452 OBP ranks fourth. He has reached base safely in 17 of the 19 games in which he has played this season.
BORBON STREET: Outfielder Julio Borbon is 8-for-20 over his last five games with a home run, three RBI, three runs and four extra-base hits. This streak has his average back up to .292 on the year. The five-year big leaguer is third in the league in doubles (8), second in extra-base hits (12) and fifth in slugging (.569)
IT’S A WALK OFF!: Somerset enjoyed four walk-off wins over its first six games of the year and now has five walk-offs over 15 home games this season. The Patriots had 11 walk-off wins in the 2017 season.
NUMBAH ONE: Though Mike Fransoso recently saw a six-game hit streak come to an end, the UMaine grad still ranks amongst league leaders. He ranks sixth in average (.367) and fourth in OBP (.456).
CLOSE GAME MAGIC: Nine of Somerset’s first 13 wins have come by just one run. They are 9-1 in one-run games this season and were 20-21 last year.
DUDLEY DO-RIGHT: Aaron Dudley had his team-high 12-game on-base streak end Friday night, but still ranks 3rd on the team in batting (.333), which is also good for ninth in the league. The first-year Patriot also owns two of the five Somerset walk-off winners this season.
IT’S A TRAPP: Justin Trapp has reached base safely in 16 of the 18 games in which he has played this year, including each of his last seven. Over this stretch, the second-year Patriot has two runs, two doubles, two RBI, four walks and eight steals. He currently leads the team in RBI (11) and is tied for second in the league in stolen bases (9).
SWEET AS SUGAR: The Patriots will look to build off the offensive explosion they showed the last time they played the Sugar Land Skeeters, when they put up a season-high 13 runs with 18 hits. They also scored more runs (23) in that series than any other this season.
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