Bridgeport, CT – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (23-19, 61-51) visit the Bridgeport Bluefish (22-19, 52-59) for the middle game of a crucial three game weekend series featuring these Liberty Division foes. First pitch is scheduled for 6:12 p.m. from Harbor Yard. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. The Patriots tripled up the Bluefish 9-3 in the series opener last night. Somerset is 8-7 against Bridgeport in 2016.
Somerset is up 0.5 game on Bridgeport in the Liberty Division race while Long Island is 3.0 games back. The Skeeters lead the Revs by 3.5 games in the Freedom race.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Lefty Rudy Owens (3-3, 4.47 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow southpaw Chris Rearick (3-2, 6.61 ERA) will toss for Bridgeport. Owens is coming off a season-high 10 strikeout outing this past Monday. Rearick will be making his Fish debut as he spent the first chunk of the year with Sugar Land.
The Patriots have scored at least one run in the first inning in 12 of their last 16 games
During the last 15 games, Somerset scored 106 runs, totaled 176 hits and drew 68 walks. They have scored at least five runs in every contest except one over that stretch. They are averaging 7 runs a game and 12 hits a game during these two weeks.
In 59 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 27 of his last 30 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 28 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 tied for second in the league in RBI with 71
16 of the 23 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 is tied with York’s Mike DeMark for 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 149. That’s 31 more than the next closest team. Scott Kelly is third in the league with 34. 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 13 relief appearances (13.1 innings).
The Patriots pitching staff has struck out 57 batters the last five games and only walked 11.
Patience Is A Virtue
The Patriots have drawn 60 more walks than the next closest team in the league
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