Central Islip, NY – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (5-3, 43-35) visit the Long Island Ducks (5-2, 45-32) for the middle 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. Somerset is 7-4 against Long Island this year. The Ducks won the first half Liberty Division Title.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Righty Donovan Hand (3-1, 3.46 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while southpaw Darin Downs (6-5, 3.91 ERA) will toss for Long Island.
The Patriots are 7-3 in their last 10 games. Six of the wins have been in come from behind fashion. Nine of the ten games have been decided by three runs or fewer.
Hand It Over
Donovan Hand has allowed 1 or 0 runs in five of his six starts since transitioning from the bullpen to the rotation
During Somerset’s last 10 games the bullpen has been impeccable. They have logged 41.0 innings and yielded only six runs which is good for a 1.32 ERA. They’ve struck out 40, walked 3 and allowed 24 hits.
Eric Farris has tallied 27 hits in his last baker’s dozen games (27 for his last 54 so .500 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 12 of the 13 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 .320. He has multi-hits in five of his last seven games.
Somerset has swiped the most bases in the league with 113. That’s 32 more than the next closest team. Mycal Jones is tied for the league lead with 27. 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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