Bridgewater, NJ – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (36-28) host the New Britain Bees (30-33) for the second game of a four game midweek series. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. from TD Bank Ballpark. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. Somerset is 3-4 against New Britain this season. Vinny Zarrillo laced a three RBI triple and Rudy Owens tossed seven innings while striking out eight in the series opening 4-1 victory last night.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Righty Will Oliver (0-0, 0.00 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while southpaw Josh Outman (1-3, 4.96 ERA) will toss for New Britain.
Where There’s A Will There’s A Way
Will Oliver began the year in the Mexican League (0-5, 12.50 ERA) but returns to make his 2016 Somerset debut tonight. Last year in regular season with Somerset in nine starts he went 6-2 with a 3.17 ERA. He became a household name in the postseason going 2-0 in two starts with a 1.13 ERA.
With 6 games remaining, the Patriots lead the Ducks by 1.0 game in the Liberty Division first half race. Somerset’s lead was as many as 6.0 games. The Patriots do indeed own the tiebreaker. Both teams conclude the first half with six straight home games. Patriots play 3 with Bees, 3 with Bluefish. Ducks play 3 with York, 3 with Sugar Land.
In the last nine games the Patriots have only homered twice
James Skelton, New Britain’s catcher, played for Somerset in 2013 & 2015. He was an All-Star a year ago. He was presented his Championship Ring before the series opener on Monday.
Eggs Sunny Side Up
Aharon Eggleston in last five games is 7-for-15 and has reached base in 11 of his 19 plate appearances
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 87. That’s 24 more than the next closest team. Scott Kelly leads the league with 24. Mycal Jones is tied for third in league with 20.
Patience Is A Virtue
The Patriots have drawn 35 more walks than the next closest team in the league
Extra Extra Reid All About It
In nine appearances as a Patriot, Ryan Reid has yielded zero earned runs (9.1 innings). He is 13 months removed from Tommy John surgery.
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