New Britain, CT – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (33-23) visit the New Britain Bees (26-29) for the first game of a three game midweek series. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. from New Britain Stadium. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. Somerset is 1-2 against New Britain this season. They play each other seven times the final 14 games of the first half. This is the first game of a seven game nonstop road trip for Somerset with a stop in Texas this weekend.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Righty Alexis Candelario (0-0, 1.80 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow righty hurler Cole Johnson (4-5, 2.40 ERA) will toss for New Britain.
With 14 games remaining, the Patriots lead the Ducks by 1.0 game in the Liberty Division race. Somerset’s lead was as many as 6.0 games. The Patriots do indeed own the tiebreaker. The Ducks are visiting the Revolution for an evening contest.
Somerset has won 8 of their last 10 games and is coming off their first sweep since April 28 – May 1
Start Me Up
In the last 18 games the starting pitchers for the Patriots have been very effective. They have yielded 32 earned runs in 109.2 innings which is good for 2.79 ERA.
Patriots’ pitchers have struck out 70 batters the last seven games. They have tallied double digits in strikeouts five of last seven games.
Guz Is The Man
During his season-high eight game hitting streak Carlos Guzman has raised his batting average from .199 to .246. He is 15-for-33 (.455) with 11 RBI and 4 SBs.
LaHair Hammering Opposition
Bryan LaHair is 12-for-19 (.632) during his six game hitting streak. He has 3 HRs, 8 BBs, 9 RBI.
Time To Grind
From June 11th to July 9th the Somerset Patriots do not have an off day. They are playing 30 straight games to close the first half.
Eggs Sunny Side Up
Aharon Eggleston has hit safely in 18 of his last 20 games.
Somerset has swiped the most bases in the league with 83. That’s 26 more than the next closest team. Scott Kelly leads the league with 22. Mycal Jones is second in league with 18.
Patience Is A Virtue
The Patriots have drawn 26 more walks than the next closest team in the league
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