Bridgewater, NJ – This is a must win. It’s that simple. Tonight the Somerset Patriots (36-32) host the Bridgeport Bluefish (29-39) for the second game of a three game weekend series. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. from TD Bank Ballpark. The game will be broadcast via SPN.TV. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. There will be fireworks after the game. Somerset is 4-4 against Bridgeport this year. Somerset and Long Island are the only two teams left in contention in the Liberty Division race. The York Revolution won the Freedom Division First Half Title Thursday evening.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Lefty Rudy Owens (1-1, 2.51 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow southpaw Jimmy Patterson (1-2, 4.15 ERA) will toss for Bridgeport.
The Ducks magic number is one. The Patriots tragic number is one. The only way the Patriots can make the playoffs is if Somerset wins its final two games AND Long Island loses its final two games. The Ducks host the Skeeters tonight at 6:35 p.m.
Making Them Count
Of David Vidal’s last 7 hits, 5 are for extra bases
Eric Farris has tallied eight hits in his last three games
Jon Hunton is 9-for-9 in his last nine save opportunities
Eggs Sunny Side Up
Aharon Eggleston leads the team in batting average at .302
Guz Is The Man
Carlos Guzman had 12 RBI combined in April and May. In June he had 19 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 95. That’s 30 more than the next closest team. Scott Kelly leads the league with 24. Mycal Jones is tied for third in league with 22.
Patience Is A Virtue
The Patriots have drawn 28 more walks than the next closest team in the league
Extra Extra Reid All About It
In 10 appearances as a Patriot, Ryan Reid has yielded zero earned runs (10.1 innings). He is 14 months removed from Tommy John surgery.
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