Sugar Land, TX – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (13-14, 51-46) visit the Sugar Land Skeeters (17-11, 52-46) for the first game of a three game weekend series. First pitch is scheduled for 8:05 p.m. eastern time from Constellation Field. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. Both teams had to travel from the northeast to the southwest this morning so neither team will take batting practice prior to the game to conserve energy. The Patriots are just 3-11 against the Skeeters this year. This marks the first game of a nonstop seven game road trip for the Patriots.
The Ducks lead the Patriots by 3.0 games in Liberty race. The Skeeters lead the Revs by 2.0 games in the Freedom race.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Righty Will Oliver (1-2, 3.06 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow righty hurler Sean Gallagher (7-5, 3.50 ERA) will toss for Sugar Land.
The last eight games for the Patriots have all been decided by two runs or less. Six of those contests were one run ball games.
A Cut Above The Rest
In 124 games last year, David Vidal had 12 HRs. In 44 games this year, David Vidal has 14 HRs. He has hit safely in 13 of his last 15 games.
In two outings, Nik Turley has struck out 11 batters of the 16 he has faced. He has tossed five scoreless innings of relief.
LaHair Hammering Competition
Bryan LaHair is fourth in the Atlantic League in RBI with 59
Jon Hunton is 18-for-19 in his last 19 save opportunities. His has blown one save since May 21st. He is tied with Mike DeMark for the league lead in saves with 25.
Somerset has swiped the most bases in the league with 132. That’s 24 more than the next closest team. Scott Kelly is third in the league with 27. Eric Farris is tied for fifth in the league with 24.
I Wanna Be Like Mike
In his last 23 appearances Mike Thomas has logged 23.2 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 39 more walks than the next closest team in the league
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