Central Islip, NY – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (5-2, 43-34) visit the Long Island Ducks (4-2, 44-32) for the first game of a three game weekend series featuring these Liberty Division foes. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. from Bethpage Ballpark. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. Both teams are fresh off the All-Star Break. Somerset is 7-3 against Long Island this year. The Ducks won the first half Liberty Division Title.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Righty Will Oliver (0-1, 3.60 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow righty hurler John Brownell (6-3, 2.77 ERA) will toss for Long Island. Oliver hurled a complete game, three-hit shutout against the Flock in the 2015 Liberty Division Series. John Brownell was the Atlantic League Championship Series MVP against Somerset in 2013.
The Patriots are 7-2 in their last 9 games. Six of the wins have been in come from behind fashion. Eight of the nine games have been decided by three runs or fewer.
Hey Now You’re An All-Star
Aharon Eggleston, Bryan LaHair, Jon Hunton, Brandon Sisk, Mike Thomas are all 2016 Atlantic League All-Stars. Brett Jodie and the entire assistant coaching staff are All-Star representatives as well. The game is Wednesday, July 13th at Clipper Magazine Stadium.
During Somerset’s last nine games the bullpen has been impeccable. They have logged 39.0 innings and yielded only two runs which is good for a 0.46 ERA. They’ve struck out 40, walked 2 and allowed 21 hits.
Eric Farris has tallied 26 hits in his last dozen games (26 for his last 50 so .520 BA). He has eight multi-hit games over that span. He has raised his batting average from .256 to .301. He has hit safely in 11 of the 12 contests
Jon Hunton is 13-for-13 in his last 13 save opportunities
Eggs Sunny Side Up
Aharon Eggleston is tied for second in the Atlantic League in batting average at .319. He has multi-hits in five of his last six games.
Somerset has swiped the most bases in the league with 112. That’s 32 more than the next closest team. Mycal Jones is second in league lead with 26. Scott Kelly is third in the league with 25. Eric Farris is sixth in the league with 20.
I Wanna Be Like Mike
In his last 13 appearances Mike Thomas has logged 13.0 innings, yielded 0 runs, struck out 11 and walked one batter
Patience Is A Virtue
The Patriots have drawn 34 more walks than the next closest team in the league
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