Bridgewater, NJ – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (26-22, 64-54) host the New Britain Bees (20-28, 56-62) for the middle game of a three game weekend series. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. from TD Bank Ballpark. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. The game will be broadcast via SPN.TV. There will be a postgame Fireworks Show. Somerset is 4-7 against New Britain. These squads play each other 9 times the final 22 games of the season.
Somerset is up 1.5 games on Bridgeport in the Liberty Division race while Long Island is 3.0 games back and New Britain is 6.0 games back. The Skeeters lead the Revs by 5.0 games in the Freedom race.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Righty Will Oliver (3-2, 3.54 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow right hander Nate Roe (3-1, 5.55 ERA) will toss for New Britain.
Patience Is A Virtue
The Patriots have drawn 68 more walks than the next closest team in the league
LaHair Hammering Competition
Bryan LaHair is second in the Atlantic League in RBI with 77. He has six RBI in his last two games. He bats .351 with RISP and .382 with two outs and RISP.
Eggs Sunny Side Up
Aharon Eggleston has hit safely in 27 of his last 29 games. He is in the midst of a 12 game hitting streak which establishes a season-high. He has the fourth best batting average in the Atlantic League at .319
In 65 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 is batting .321 with 55 RBI. He hit .259 last year with 12 HRs in 124 games. He has clubbed nine go ahead home runs.
RU Ready For Domination?
Vinny Zarrillo is 10-for-20 during his five game hitting streak which ties a season-high
Guz Is The Man
In August Carlos Guzman is batting .349 with 4 HRs and 16 RBI
Jon Hunton is 25-for-27 in his last 27 save opportunities. His has blown two saves since May 21st. He leads the league in saves with 32. It’s his fourth straight year of tallying 30 saves.
Somerset has swiped the most bases in the league with 152. That’s 25 more than the next closest team. Scott Kelly is third in the league with 35. 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 17 relief appearances (17.1 innings). He has 20 Ks and 1 BBs.
Kyler Newby had a 4.46 ERA last year but this year his ERA is 2.28
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