Bridgewater, NJ – This morning the Somerset Patriots (20-18, 58-50) host the York Revolution (21-16, 61-46) for the second game of a four game midweek series. The Patriots have won five of six. First pitch is scheduled for 11:05 a.m. from TD Bank Ballpark. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. Somerset won the series opener last night 6-5 in 15 innings. It was their 14th extra inning game of the season and second straight extra inning game. They’ve played 27 innings the last two nights. The Patriots are 8-6 against the Revolution this season. Somerset leads the all-time series 97-93. Somerset is in the midst of playing 13 of 16 at home.
Long Island, Bridgeport and Somerset are all tied atop the Liberty Division with 32 games remaining. The Skeeters lead the Revs by 1.5 games in the Freedom race.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Righty Will Oliver (3-2, 3.905 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while southpaw Frank Gailey (4-3, 2.97 ERA) will toss for York. Oliver has yielded three runs or fewer in eight of his nine starts.
The Patriots have scored at least one run in the first inning in 11 of their last 12 games
During the last 11 games, Somerset scored 78 runs, totaled 131 hits and drew 52 walks. They have scored at least five runs in every one of those games.
A Cut Above The Rest
In 124 games last year, David Vidal had 12 HRs. In 55 games this year, David Vidal has 20 HRs. That is tied for the league lead with Lancaster’s Sean Halton. Vidal missed 53 games with a quad injury. He has hit safely in 23 of his last 26 games. He is batting .332 with 48 RBI. He hit .259 last year. His career high in homers is 20 done in 2011 during a 127 game span. He has tied that this year in 72 fewer games.
Mr. 15th Inning
Aharon Eggleston has two 15th inning walk-off hits this year. One on July 2nd against Bridgeport and one on August 15th against York.
LaHair Hammering Competition
Bryan LaHair is third in the Atlantic League in RBI with 67
14 of the 19 Somerset games have been decided by two runs or less. 10 of those contests were decided by one run.
Jon Hunton is 22-for-24 in his last 24 save opportunities. His has blown two saves since May 21st. He is tied for the league lead in saves with 29.
Somerset has swiped the most bases in the league with 143. That’s 28 more than the next closest team. Scott Kelly is third in the league with 32. Eric Farris is fifth in the league with 25.
Jim Miller, the former big leaguer with the Yankees, Orioles, Rockies and A’s, has yet to allow an earned run in 11 relief appearances (11.1 innings).
Guz Is The Man
Carlos Guzman reached safely in 27 of his 50 plate appearances
Patience Is A Virtue
The Patriots have drawn 55 more walks than the next closest team in the league
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