Somerset Patriots (55-43) vs. Sugar Land Skeeters (65-32)
RHP Vince Molesky (3-1, 2.72 ERA) vs. RHP Konner Wade (6-3, 3.77 ERA)
Wednesday, August 15, 2018 • Constellation Field • 7:05 p.m.
LAST TIME OUT: The Skeeters picked up their third straight victory with a 6-4 win on Tuesday night at Constellation Field. Dallas Beeler collected the win and Felipe Paulino notched the save. Nate Roe took the loss for Somerset. Five different Skeeters drove in one run, including Juan Silverio, who went 3-for-4 with a double.
BARNES BASH: Barrett Barnes is in the midst of a 12-game hitting streak and has gone 17-for-45 (.378) with 14 runs, two doubles, four home runs and 12 RBIs over the streak. The 12-game hitting streak is the longest from a Skeeters hitter this season. Barnes has also homered in three of his last eight games and eight of his last 23 games. The seventh-year pro has set his professional single-season career high with 12 home runs, surpassing his previous high of nine home runs, which he's accomplished twice, with the last time coming in 2016 with Double-A Altoona (PIT). Barnes' 12 home runs place him in a tie for ninth in the Atlantic League. Barnes is also second in the league with 57 walks, second with 69 runs and fourth with a .405 on-base percentage.
FEAR THE BEARD: Felipe Paulino picked up his 25th save of the season (in 27 opportunities) in Tuesday's win and leads the Atlantic League in the category. The former Major Leaguer has allowed just two runs (one earned) over his last 22 appearances, spanning 22 innings pitched, and his 0.64 ERA is the lowest of any pitcher in the league with at least 40 innings pitched. Paulino has also struck out 47 batters over his last 27 outings (28.1 IP). Derrick Loop set the Skeeters' single-season saves record in 2016 with 32, not including four saves in the 2016 postseason.
EVERYBODY GETS JUAN: Through his first 24 games with the Skeeters, Juan Silverio has hit .319/.354/.521 with five home runs and 17 RBIs. Silverio has driven in a run in five of his last six games, while also going on a six-game hitting streak, and has gone 11-for-25 (.440) with nine RBIs over that span. Silverio's nine RBIs over the last seven days are tied for the most in the Atlantic League over that span. Silverio also delivered a walk-off single in the 11th inning of Friday's win over Somerset -- the Skeeters' third walk-off win of the season.
FLIP THE SCRIPT: The Skeeters are 7-7 against the Somerset Patriots this season, having won four of their last five games against the Patriots after dropping their first six of nine games against them this season. Over the last five games, the Skeeters have outscored the Patriots, 29-16, have outhit them, 58-40, and the pitching staff owns a 2.49 ERA. Through the first nine games against Somerset this season, the Skeeters were outscored, 46-34, were outhit, 85-74, and the pitching staff owned a 4.07 ERA.
HE GETS ON BASE: The Skeeters lead the Atlantic League with a .359 on-base percentage and have three players in the top 10 in the league in the category. Barrett Barnes is fourth in the league with a .405 on-base percentage, Matt Chavez is eighth in the league with a .388 on-base percentage and Derek Norris is tied for 10th with a .385 on-base percentage. The Skeeters' franchise record for team on-base percentage came in 2013 with a .338 OBP.
RONDO!: Skeeters shortstop Alvaro Rondon has a hit in 15 of his last 17 games and has gone 21-for-55 (.382), with seven runs two doubles, a triple and five RBIs over that span. Rondon is tied for fourth in the Atlantic League with 27 stolen bases, is tied for fifth with four triples and leads the league with 12 sacrifice hits.
NEWBIES COME THROUGH: The Skeeters signed former Major Leaguer Daniel Robertson prior to Tuesday's game and signed Luke Dykstra prior to Monday's game. Over the last two games, the two Skeeters newcomers have gone 4-for-10 (.400) with a run scored, RBI and a stolen base. Both players made their first starts with the Skeeters on Tuesday, with Robertson starting at second base and Dykstra starting in right field.
AMAZING AUGUST: The Skeeters lead the Atlantic League with a 10-3 record in August. The Skeeters also lead the league with a .327 team batting average and a 2.89 staff ERA in August. The Skeeters led the Atlantic League with a 17-8 July record as well and were tied for the league lead with an 18-10 record in June.
BEELER'S DAY ON: Skeeters right-hander Dallas Beeler allowed two runs on seven hits over six innings of work to pick up the win on Tuesday. Beeler has won each of his last six decisions, dating back to June 3, and is tied for seventh in the Atlantic League with seven wins. Of his 11 starts this season, six have been quality starts (at least six innings pitched and no more than three runs allowed). Beeler's 2.14 ERA is the lowest of any pitcher in the Atlantic League with at least 75 innings pitched.
HOME SWEET HOME: The Skeeters own a 43-12 (.782) record at Constellation Field this season, which is the best home record in the Atlantic League. The Skeeters have won 21 of their last 24 home games and have hit .294/.372/.426 with 43 home runs through 55 home games this season while the pitching staff owns a 2.42 ERA. The Skeeters went on a 12-game home winning streak (June 27-July 19), which is the longest home winning streak in the league this year. The Skeeters' best home record in franchise history came in 2013 when the team went 50-21 (.704) at Constellation Field.
FIRST-HALF CHAMPS: With the Skeeters' victory over Lancaster on July 1, they clinched the first-half Freedom Division title -- their first division title under manager Pete Incaviglia. The only other time the Skeeters have won a first-half title came in 2013 when they won the Freedom Division with a record of 47-23. The Skeeters' last division title came in the second half of 2016 when they went on to win the Atlantic League Championship. The Skeeters have now won four Freedom Division titles in franchise history (2013 X2; 2016 (second half), 2018 (first half). They also appeared in the postseason in 2014 via a Wild Card berth.