Bridgewater, NJ – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (24-20, 62-52) host the Lancaster Barnstormers (16-26, 51-61) for the first game of a three game midweek series. First pitch is scheduled at 7:05 p.m. from TD Bank Ballpark. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. Somerset is 12-5 against Lancaster in 2016. Tonight marks the first game of a six game homestand. Both teams are fresh with the off day yesterday.
Somerset is up 0.5 games on Bridgeport in the Liberty Division race while Long Island is 3.0 games back. The Skeeters lead the Revs by 3.0 games in the Freedom race.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Lefty Nik Turley (3-0, 1.42 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while right hander Joe Gardner (0-0, 0.00 ERA) will toss for Lancaster. Turley has 26 Ks and 3 BBs on the season. Gardner is making his 2016 Lancaster debut.
The Patriots have scored at least one run in the first inning in 13 of their last 18 games
Eggs Sunny Side Up
Aharon Eggleston has hit safely in 23 of his last 25 games. He has the fourth best batting average in the Atlantic League at .316
Somerset has scored at least five runs in 15 of their last 17 games
In 61 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 29 of his last 32 games. He is batting .332 with 54 RBI. He hit .259 last year with 12 HRs in 124 games. He needs 10 HRs the final 26 games to break the single season Patriots HR Record. Josh Pressley and Brandon Larson each drilled 30 in 2008.
LaHair Hammering Competition
Bryan LaHair is tied for second in the league in RBI with 71. Against Lancaster this year he is batting .410 with 3 HRs and 19 RBI.
Guz Is The Man
In August Carlos Guzman is batting .386 with 4 HRs and 16 RBI
Jon Hunton is 24-for-26 in his last 26 save opportunities. His has blown two saves since May 21st. He leads the league in saves with 31. It’s his fourth straight year of tallying 30 saves.
Somerset has swiped the most bases in the league with 150. That’s 29 more than the next closest team. Scott Kelly is third in the league with 34. Eric Farris is sixth 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 14 relief appearances (14.1 innings).
Kyler Newby had a 4.46 ERA last year but this year his ERA is 2.38
Patience Is A Virtue
The Patriots have drawn 58 more walks than the next closest team in the league
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