Bridgewater, NJ – Today the Somerset Patriots (25-18) host the Bridgeport Bluefish (14-28) for the final game of a three game weekend series. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. from TD Bank Ballpark. The Patriots are in sweep mode while the Bluefish are in salvage mode. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. Somerset won Friday night 5-1 thanks to three hits and two RBI by catalyst Mycal Jones. Last night Matt Fields belted his first career walk-off homer as the Patriots edged the Bluefish 2-1. The Patriots are 5-2 against the Bluefish this year.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Righty Mickey Storey (1-2, 5.93 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while southpaw Jimmy Patterson (0-1, 4.07 ERA) will toss for Bridgeport.
After 43 games the Patriots lead the Ducks by 1.5 games in the Liberty Division race. The Patriots do indeed own the tiebreaker. The New Britain Bees are 3.5 back.
How Sweep It Is?
The Patriots are looking for their first sweep since April 28 – May 1 when they busted out their brooms against the Barnstormers
Start Me Up
The Patriots have won four of their last five games. Over that span the starting pitchers are boasting a 2.17 ERA (8 runs in 33.2 innings).
Eggs Sunny Side Up
Aharon Eggleston is in the midst of a season-high 9 game hitting streak
Somerset has swiped the most bases in the league with 64. That’s 17 more than the next closest team. Scott Kelly leads the league with 17. Mycal Jones is second in league with 15. The team has only been caught 13 times all year. Through 43 games last year Somerset only had 40 steals.
Switching Things Up
After struggling hitting right handed, Matt Fields will be a switch hitter for the first time since 2011.
Going Down To Go Up
Trayvon Robinson is 10-for-31 (.323) with 2 HRs and 4 RBI since being dropped in the batting order to the sixth or seventh or eighth hole. This is all during the last eight games.
Keeping Up With The Jones
After hitting .179 in April, Mycal Jones hit .320 in May. He has hit safely in 14 of his last 16 games and raised his batting average 100 points over that span.
Patience Is A Virtue
The Patriots have drawn 15 more walks than the next closest team in the league
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