Bridgewater, NJ – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (21-18, 59-50) host the York Revolution (21-17, 61-47) for the third game of a four game midweek series. The Patriots have won six of seven. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. from TD Bank Ballpark. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. The Patriots are 9-6 against the Revolution this season and 7-1 at home against them. Somerset leads the all-time series 99-93. Somerset is in the midst of playing 13 of 16 at home.
Somerset is 0.5 up on Bridgeport and 1.0 up on Long Island in the Liberty race. The Skeeters lead the Revs by 2.5 games in the Freedom race.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Lefty Nik Turley (2-0, 2.07 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while right hander James Simmons (9-5, 3.94 ERA) will toss for York.
The Patriots have scored at least one run in the first inning in 11 of their last 13 game
During the last 12 games, Somerset scored 84 runs, totaled 139 hits and drew 52 walks. They have scored at least five runs in every one of those games. They are averaging 7.0 runs per game over this stretch.
In 56 games this year, David Vidal has 21 HRs. That leads the league and is a personal career-high. Vidal missed 53 games with a quad injury. He has hit safely in 24 of his last 27 games. He is batting .335 with 53 RBI. He hit .259 last year with 12 HRs in 124 games. He needs 10 HRs the final 31 games to break the single season Patriots HR Record. Josh Pressley and Brandon Larson each drilled 30 in 2008.
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
15 of the 20 Somerset games have been decided by two runs or less. 10 of those contests were decided by one run.
Jon Hunton is 23-for-25 in his last 25 save opportunities. His has blown two saves since May 21st. He leads the league in saves with 30. It’s his fourth straight year of tallying 30 saves.
Somerset has swiped the most bases in the league with 143. That’s 27 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).
Scott Kelly is 11-for-23 this homestand (.478)
Patience Is A Virtue
The Patriots have drawn 51 more walks than the next closest team in the league
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