Central Islip, NY – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (15-17, 53-49) visit the Long Island Ducks (18-12, 58-42) for the third game of a four game midweek series. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. from Bethpage Ballpark. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. Somerset is 8-10 against Long Island in 2016 but just 1-7 in the second half against their foes. The all-time series is 162-161 in favor of the Ducks as the rivalry started in 2000. The Ducks have won the first two games of the series by a combined three runs.
The Ducks lead the Bluefish by 1.5 games and Ducks lead Somerset by 4.0 games in Liberty race. The Revs lead the Skeeters by .5 games in the Freedom race.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Lefty Rudy Owens (3-2, 4.95 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow southpaw Eury De La Rosa (3-3, 2.78 ERA) will toss for Long Island.
11 of the last 14 games for the Patriots have all been decided by two runs or less. Right of those contests were one run ball games.
During the first give games of the seven game road trip, Somerset has scored 36 runs, totaled 64 hits and drew 26 walks. They have scored at least five runs in every game.
A Cut Above The Rest
In 124 games last year, David Vidal had 12 HRs. In 49 games this year, David Vidal has 16 HRs. That is tied for second in the league. He has hit safely in 18 of his last 20 games. He is batting .347 with 40 RBI. He hit .259 last year.
The Patriots have scored at least one run in the first inning in five of their last six games
LaHair Hammering Competition
Bryan LaHair is fourth in the Atlantic League in RBI with 60. He has 14 more than anyone else on his team.
Jon Hunton is 19-for-20 in his last 20 save opportunities. His has blown one save since May 21st. He is second in the league in saves with 26.
Somerset has swiped the most bases in the league with 137. That’s 24 more than the next closest team. Scott Kelly is third in the league with 29. Eric Farris is fifth in the league with 25.
Patience Is A Virtue
The Patriots have drawn 48 more walks than the next closest team in the league
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