Bridgewater, NJ – Today the Somerset Patriots (35-27, 73-59) host the New Britain Bees (32-30, 68-64) for the rubber game of a three game weekend series. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. from TD Bank Ballpark. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. The Patriots are red hot as they have won 9 of their last 12 and three straight series. Meanwhile the Bees are swarming in having won 12 of their last 14 and five straight series. The Patriots are 5-10 against the Bees. These squads play each other five times the final eight games of the regular season.
Recap In A Snap
The Patriots trailed 3-0 heading into the bottom of the eighth inning Friday night. They mustered only two hits in their first seven frames but recorded two in the eighth and capitalized on two Bees fielding errors to score four in that inning to grab the lead and end up winning by a final of 4-3. Jon Hunton notched his league leading 36th save. Last night the Bees led wire-to-wire as they took advantage of nine walks from Somerset’s pitching staff. The final score was 4-1.
There are 8 games to go in the season. Somerset is up 3.0 games on Bridgeport and 3.0 games up on New Britain in the Liberty Division race. The Revs are 0.5 up on the Skeeters in the Freedom Division. The Skeeters lead the Bees by 1.0 games in the Wild Card.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Righty Alexis Candelario (2-1, 5.68 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow right hander Nate Roe (5-1, 5.04 ERA) will toss for New Britain. Candelario has won two of his last three starts. Roe is a local product from South Plainfield, NJ and attended Rutgers where he was teammates with Vinny Zarrillo.
Eggs Sunny Side Up
Aharon Eggleston has reached base safely in 43 straight games. A streak that began on July 20th. It’s the longest streak in the Atlantic League this year.
David Vidal is tied for the Atlantic League lead in home runs with 24. That’s also a career-high. He has three multi-homer games this year. He had 12 homers all of last year. He has 10 go ahead home runs this year.
Of the 15 meetings between the Bees and the Patriots, 13 have been decided by three runs or fewer and six have been decided by one run
Patience Is A Virtue
The Patriots have drawn 89 more walks than the next closest team in the league
Eric Farris has hit safely in 18 of his last 21 games. He is batting .368 in nine September games with 11 RBI
LaHair Hammering Competition
Bryan LaHair is tied for 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 20 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 2.17. He has surrendered two runs since June 30th.
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