Bridgewater, NJ – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (12-13, 50-45) host the Long Island Ducks (14-9, 54-39) for the middle game of a three game midweek series. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. from TD Bank Ballpark. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. The Patriots are 7-7 against the Ducks in 2016. Somerset leads the all-time series 160-159 as it’s a rivalry that began in 2000. Long Island and Bridgeport are both 3.0 games ahead of Somerset in the second half divisional race.
Recap In A Snap
Long Island rallied past Somerset 4-2 in 10 innings last night for the series opener. It was a rare loss for the Patriots as Jon Hunton blew his first save in nine weeks. The Patriots had been 40-2 when leading after eight innings but the Flock tallied one in the 9th and two in the 10th. RBI two out hits in extra innings by veterans Cody Puckett and Dan Lyons proved to be the difference.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Righty Randy Boone (0-0, 8.59 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow righty hurler D.J. Mitchell (2-3, 4.39 ERA) will toss for Long Island. This is Boone’s third start since rejoining the team after a stint in 2015. On Monday, Mitchell was traded from Bridgeport to Long Island for Sean Burroughs.
A Cut Above The Rest
In 124 games last year, David Vidal had 12 HRs. In 42 games this year, David Vidal has 14 HRs. He has hit safely in 12 of his last 13 games.
The Patriots lost 6 of 7, then won 5 in a row, now have lost 6 of 7. This is their fifth different four game losing streak
LaHair Hammering Competition
Bryan LaHair is tied for third in the Atlantic League in RBI with 5
Eric Farris has tallied 44 hits in his last 29 games (44 for his last 113 so .389 BA). He has fourteen multi-hit games over that span. He has raised his batting average from .256 to .299. He hit .370 in July juxtaposed to .226 in June.
Jon Hunton is 17-for-18 in his last 18 save opportunities. His has blown one save since May 21st. He is tied with Mike DeMark for the league lead in saves with 24.
Somerset has swiped the most bases in the league with 129. That’s 25 more than the next closest team. Mycal Jones is third in the league with 30. Scott Kelly is fourth in the league with 26. Eric Farris is tied for fifth in the league with 23.
I Wanna Be Like Mike
In his last 22 appearances Mike Thomas has logged 22.2 innings, yielded 1 earned run, struck out 17 and walked two batters. He has yielded one earned run since June 8th.
Patience Is A Virtue
The Patriots have drawn 40 more walks than the next closest team in the league
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