Bridgewater, NJ – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (34-26, 72-58) host the New Britain Bees (31-29, 67-63) for the first 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 Patriots are red hot as they have won 8 of their last 10 and three straight series. Meanwhile the Bees are swarming in having won 11 of their last 12. The Patriots are just 4-9 against the Bees. These squads play each other seven times the final week and a half of the year.
There are 10 games to go in the season. Somerset is up 3.0 games on Bridgeport and New Britain in the Liberty Division race. The Revs are 0.5 up on the Skeeters in the Freedom Division.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Righty Donovan Hand (4-7, 5.20 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow right hander Dylan Thompson (0-0, 0.00 ERA) will toss for New Britain.
Eggs Sunny Side Up
Aharon Eggleston has reached base safely in 41 straight games. A streak that began on July 20th. It’s the longest streak in the Atlantic League this year.
David Vidal leads the Atlantic League in home runs with 24. That’s also a career-high. He has three multi-homer games this year. He has 12 homers all of last year.
The Patriots offense has mustered at least five runs in 9 of their last 11 games. Somerset has scored the most runs in the Atlantic League.
Patience Is A Virtue
The Patriots have drawn 86 more walks than the next closest team in the league
Eric Farris has hit safely in 17 of his last 19 games. He is batting .419 in seven September games with 11 RBI.
LaHair Hammering Competition
Bryan LaHair is second in the Atlantic League in RBI with 81. He bats .338 with RISP and .364 with two outs and RISP.
Somerset has swiped the most bases in the league with 160. That’s 23 more than the next closest team. Scott Kelly is third in the league with 37.
Jim Miller, the former big leaguer with the Yankees, Orioles, Rockies and A’s, has yet to allow an earned run in 23 relief appearances (22.0 innings). He has 20 Ks and 1 BBs.
Kyler Newby had a 4.46 ERA last year but this year his ERA is 2.03. He has surrendered one run since June 30th.
The Patriots have committed two errors over the span of their last nine games. They have committed the fewest errors in the Atlantic League
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