Bridgeport, CT – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (36-29, 74-61) visit the Bridgeport Bluefish (34-31, 64-71) for the final game of a three game midweek series. First pitch is scheduled for 7:12 p.m. from Harbor Yard. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. The Patriots are in salvage mode while the Bluefish are in sweep mode. The Patriots are 9-10 against the Bluefish in 2016. Yesterday Bridgeport erased three different deficits to sweep the day-night doubleheader. 6-4 in 7 innings for Game One and 10-3 in 9 innings for Game Two.
The Patriots Magic Number over Bridgeport is 4 and Magic Number over New Britain is 3. Somerset had a 4 game lead with 7 to go but that has shrunk to a 2 game lead with 5 to go. The Patriots finish the year with four in New Britain while the Fish host the Barnstormers for four to conclude 2016.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Lefty Nik Turley (4-1, 2.30 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow southpaw Chris Rearick (2-2, 2.02 ERA) will toss for Bridgeport
Eggs Sunny Side Up
From July 20th through September 10th Aharon Eggleston reached base in every game at least once. It was a streak of 43 games, the longest in franchise history.
David Vidal is tied for the Atlantic League lead in home runs with 25. That’s also a career-high. He has three multi-homer games this year. He had 12 homers all of last year. He has 11 go ahead home runs this year.
The Patriots have the best road record in the Atlantic League at 34-31
Patience Is A Virtue
The Patriots have drawn 88 more walks than the next closest team in the league
Eric Farris has hit safely in 20 of his last 23 games. He is batting .413 in 11 September games with 13 RBI and 2 HRs.
LaHair Hammering Competition
Bryan LaHair is tied for second in the Atlantic League in RBI with 81. He bats .336 with RISP and .359 with two outs and RISP.
Somerset has swiped the most bases in the league with 162. That’s 21 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 (23.0 innings). He has 21 Ks and 2 BBs.
RU Ready For Domination
Vinny Zarrillo is in the midst of a career high 12 game hitting streak
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