Central Islip, NY – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (0-1, 45-25) visit the Long Island Ducks (1-0, 31-40) at 7:05 p.m. from Bethpage Ballpark. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. This is the second game of a three game midweek series featuring this New York vs. New Jersey rivalry. The Ducks won in walk-off fashion last night 4-3 as center fielder Kraig Binick stroked a two out, two strike single up the middle. Somerset leads the season series 7-4.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Righty Brad Thompson (4-3, 4.39 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while southpaw Bill Murphy (0-9, 7.98 ERA) will take the hill for the Ducks.
Even All-Time Matchup
Somerset leads the all-time series with Long Island 129-127. These two squads have been rivals since 2000.
Donnie Likes Ducks/Smitty Smacks Quack
Adam Donachie has five home runs this season and three of his long balls have come against Long Island. Corey Smith is hitting over .400 against Long Island pitching this year.
James And The Giant Streak
James Skelton has hit safely in 9 of his last 10 games. He hit .432 for the month of June after hitting just .150 in the month of May.
Jake Can Rake
Jake Fox leads the Atlantic League in home runs with 21 and RBI with 63.
The Patriots lead the Atlantic League with 73 home runs hit as a squad. Somerset has also scored the most runs (398) in the Atlantic League while boasting the team batting average (.288) and drawing the most walks (250).
Lucky Number 14
Bobby Stevens has three home runs this season yet two of them have broken a tie ball game in the 14th inning. One blast came on May 6th against York and another round tripper game July 1st against Long Island.
The Patriots are 38-9 when they score four or more runs. The Patriots are 7-16 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.