Camden, NJ – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (29-13) visit the Camden Riversharks (14-30) for the second game of a three game midweek series featuring these Garden State rivals. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. from Campbell’s Field. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. Camden edged Somerset last night 8-7. Somerset had the tying run on third base in the ninth inning but stranded the runner 90 feet away.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Righty Brad Thompson (3-1, 3.47 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow righty hurler Josh Walter (2-4, 5.60 ERA) will take the hill for the Riversharks.
Freedom Division Update
The Sugar Land Skeeters (33-12) currently lead the Somerset Patriots (29-13) by 2.5 games for first place. Somerset has played three fewer games than Sugar Land.
The Patriots have the best team batting average (.300) in the Atlantic League while the Riversharks have the worst team ERA in the Atlantic League (5.49).
Jake Can Rake
Jake Fox leads the Atlantic League with 14 home runs and his second in RBI with 38.
Eddy Martinez-Esteve leads the Atlantic League in batting average hitting at a tremendous .384 clip. He has a comfortable 39 point lead over the next best hitter in the league which is Brian Burgamy of York. Martinez-Esteve has hit safely in 20 of his last 22 games. He has reached base safely in 21 of his last 22 contests.
Luis Montanez is in the midst of a seven game hitting streak in which he is hitting .392 (11-for-28). Montanez has hit safely in 25 of his last 28 games.
Better Than Average
The Patriots have five players in the top 15 in the Atlantic League in batting average: Martinez-Esteve (1st .384), Montanez (3rd, .336), Eggleston (5th, .330), Smith (T-10th, .318), Fox (14th, .308)
The Patriots are 26-6 when they score four or more runs. The Patriots are 3-7 when they score 3 or fewer runs.
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 7:05 p.m. on 1450 AM WCTC or www.wctcam.com.