Somerset Patriots (15-6) vs. Sugar Land Skeeters (15-9)
Game #22 * Thursday, May 24 * 11:05 am * TD Bank Ballpark * Bridgewater, NJ
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Series at a Glance:
Tuesday (6:35 pm) SOM def. SL 9-1; Trevor Foss 5 shutout innings with 6 K; Patriots use 7-run 8th to put game away
Wednesday (6:35 pm) SOM def. SL 2-1; Duane Below 7 innings of 1-run ball; Justin Trapp go-ahead solo HR in Bot. 8
Thursday (11:05 am) SOM [RHP] Kyle Davies (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs SL [RHP] Konner Wade (1-1, 5.40 ERA)
Click here to view today’s complete game note: GAME NOTES 5.24.18
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.
STARTIN’ OFF RIGHT: Dating back to May 12 (seven games), Somerset starting pitchers are 3-1 with a 1.62 ERA (six runs over 33.1 innings). They have struck out 20 batters against eight walks over this stretch.
INSANE DUANE: LHP Duane Below has allowed just one run over 13.0 innings in his last two starts (0.69 ERA) with an 8/1 K/BB. He has thrown 148 pitches (111 for strikes) and has lowered his ERA over this stretch from 9.00 to 3.60 ERA
JUST A HU(N)CH: LHP Chase Huchingson has made six-straight scoreless appearances. In this stretch, the 2017 All-Star has allowed just two hits with seven strikeouts and has lowered his ERA from 13.50 to 5.00.
CLOSE GAME MAGIC: 10 of Somerset’s first 15 wins have come by just one run. They are 10-1 in one-run games this season and were 20-21 last year.
KELLY SAVES: RHP Ryan Kelly ranks fourth in the league with four saves.
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. 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 12.2 innings on just three hits with 16 K.
RED-HOT A-ROD: Shortstop Alfredo Rodriguez has reached base in 14 of his last 16 games. Over that span, Rodriguez is 22-for-57 (.386) with four RBI, four doubles, six walks and 11 runs. His .368 average ranks sixth in the league, while his .463 OBP ranks second. He has reached base safely in 18 of the 20 games in which he has played this season.
BORBON STREET: Outfielder Julio Borbon is tied for second in the league in doubles (9), third in extra-base hits (13), and fourth in slugging (.541)
NUMBAH ONE: Mike Fransoso ranks seventh in the league in average (.357) and fourth in OBP (.446).
IT’S A TRAPP: Justin Trapp has reached base safely in 17 of the 19 games in which he has played this year and is currently is tied for the team lead in RBI (12) and is third in the league in stolen bases (9).
SWEET AS SUGAR: The Patriots continue to show a tendency for offensive explosions whenever they play the Sugar Land Skeeters. They scored a season-high 13 runs with 18 hits earlier in the year at Sugar Land, and they have scored a combined 34 runs to go with 53 hits over 5 games vs. the Skeeters in 2018.
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