Central Islip, NY – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (25-28, 60-63) visit the Long Island Ducks (15-35, 54-65) as part of a doubleheader to conclude this three game midweek series. Game one will be at 6:35 p.m. and game two will be 30 minutes after game one. Both games will be seven innings long.
For a comprehensive look at all the statistics, trends and matchups please download tonight’s September 5th Game Notes.
Ducks Spiraling Downwards
In their last 56 games the Long Island Ducks are just 15-41. The Ducks have lost six straight games overall.
The Patriots have hit just three home runs in their last 15 games and Hoorelbeke has hit all of them.
Wild Card Hunt
The Patriots are currently 5.0 games behind the Revolution in the Wild Card standings.
Shortstop Yunesky Sanchez hit just .212 in the first half of the season but in the second half he has turned his season around. Since the All-Star break he’s hitting .335 with three home runs and 23 RBI. He had 11 RBI the entire first half. He has hit safely in 18 of his last 19 games.
Holden Heating Up
Center fielder Joe Holden is in the midst of a season-high 10 game hitting streak.
Starting Pitching Matchup Game One
Lefty Roy Merritt toes the rubber for Somerset while righty hurler Bobby Blevins is on the hill for the Ducks.
Roy Merritt: 8-8, 3.48 ERA, 24 starts, 134.2 innings, 101 Ks, 47 BBs
Bobby Blevins: 0-0, 3.60 ERA, 1 start, 5.0 innings, 4 Ks, 2 BBs
Starting Pitching Matchup Game Two
Righty Derell McCall toes the rubber for Somerset while southpaw Jino Gonzalez is on the hill for the Ducks.
Derell McCall: 8-5, 4.64 ERA, 24 appearances and 14 starts, 104.2 innings, 53 Ks, 26 BBs
Jino Gonzalez: 0-1, 7.56 ERA, 3 starts, 8.1 innings, 4 Ks, 6 BBs
Be sure to follow the Patriots on twitter @SOMPatriots for immediate updates. Listen the Patriots play-by-play voice Justin Antweil broadcast the game starting at 6:35pm on 1450 AM WCTC or www.wctcam.com.