New Britain, CT – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (33-24) visit the New Britain Bees (27-29) for the middle 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 1-3 against New Britain this season. They play each other six times the final 13 games of the first half. Somerset dropped the series opener 7-0 last night. It was the largest margin of defeat for Somerset this year.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Righty Shaun Garceau (1-3, 5.81 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow righty hurler Shawn Haviland (2-1, 3.44 ERA) will toss for New Britain.
Due to prior scheduled programming, WCTC will join the game in progress. Radio coverage begins at 7:00 p.m. tonight despite the fact the game starts at 6:35 p.m.
With 13 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 11 games and has won three straight series
Start Me Up
In the last 19 games the starting pitchers for the Patriots have been very effective. They have yielded 38 earned runs in 114.1 innings which is good for 3.00 ERA.
Patriots’ pitchers have struck out 79 batters the last eight games. They have tallied double digits in strikeouts five of last eight games.
Guz Is The Man
During his last 10 games, Carlos Guzman has raised his batting average from .199 to .240. He is 15-for-37 (.405) with 11 RBI and 4 SBs.
LaHair Hammering Opposition
Bryan LaHair is 14-for-23 (.609) during his seven 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.
Somerset has swiped the most bases in the league with 83. That’s 25 more than the next closest team. Scott Kelly leads the league with 22. Mycal Jones is tied for third in league with 18.
Patience Is A Virtue
The Patriots have drawn 26 more walks than the next closest team in the league
My Rewards Code
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