Bridgewater, NJ – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (31-26, 69-58) host the Sugar Land Skeeters (32-25, 67-60) for the first game of a three game midweek series. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. from TD Bank Ballpark. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. Somerset is 5-12 against Sugar Land in 2016. The Patriots are coming off back-to-back road series wins while the Skeeters are struggling as they’re losers of eight of their last nine. This marks the first game of a six game homestand.
There are 13 games to go in the season. Somerset is up 2.5 games on Bridgeport in the Liberty Division race while New Britain is 3.0 games back. Skeeters lead the Revs by 1.0 game in the Freedom race.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Righty Alexis Candelario (2-1, 5.61 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow right hander Michael Nix (2-0, 1.65 ERA) will toss for York
Eggs Sunny Side Up
Aharon Eggleston has reached base safely in 39 straight games. A streak that began on July 20th. It’s the longest streak in the Atlantic League this year. He hits .319 which is third highest average in the league.
The Patriots offense has mustered at least five runs in seven of their last eight games. Somerset has scored the most runs in the Atlantic League.
RU Ready For Domination
Vinny Zarrillo has seven multi-hit games in his last twelve contests
Patience Is A Virtue
The Patriots have drawn 80 more walks than the next closest team in the league
Eric Farris has hit safely in 14 of his last 16 games
LaHair Hammering Competition
Bryan LaHair is second in the Atlantic League in RBI with 79. He bats .340 with RISP and .370 with two outs and RISP.
David Vidal is tied for the Atlantic League lead in home runs with 22. That’s also a career-high.
Kyle Roller has homered in five of his last nine games
Somerset has swiped the most bases in the league with 158. That’s 23 more than the next closest team. Scott Kelly is third in the league with 36. Eric Farris is seventh 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 22 relief appearances (21.0 innings). He has 20 Ks and 1 BBs.
Swat The Skeeters
Yovan Gonzalez bats .385 (10-for-26) against Sugar Land Pitching
Kyler Newby had a 4.46 ERA last year but this year his ERA is 2.12
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