Camden, NJ – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (40-20, 86-44) visit the Camden Riversharks (25-35, 49-81) for the first game of a four game weekend series featuring these Garden State foes. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. from Campbell’s Field. Somerset is 10-7 against Camden thus far on the year.
Last night Somerset clinch a playoff slot as they edged the Barnstormers 5-4 in 10 innings. The following are audio highlights courtesy of WCTC…
Audio clip of Corey Smith’s RBI sacrifice fly
Audio clip of James Skelton’s home run
Audio clip of Jorge Cortes’ game tying RBI double in the 9th inning
Audio clip of Yunesky Sanchez’s go ahead home run in the 10th inning
Audio clip of Jon Hunton notching the final out to propel the Patriots into the playoffs
Starting Pitching Matchup
Righty Josh Lowey (13-7, 3.09 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while southpaw Miguel Martinez (4-6, 3.53 ERA) will take the hill for the Sharks.
The Patriots have made the playoffs for the first time since 2010. They will play the Sugar Land Skeeters in the first round of the tournament.
The Patriots have won 36 of their last 45 games, 24 of their last 29, 21 of their last 25 games and 8 of last 10. Somerset has won eight consecutive series.
Eye On The Prize
The Patriots trail the Skeeters by 2.0 games in the second half Freedom Division race.
History In The Making
If Somerset goes 1-9 in its final 10 games they’ll achieve the most single season wins in Patriots franchise history. In 2009 the Pats won 86 games.
The Somerset Patriots have not lost back-to-back games since July 19th & July 21st
Offensive Fire Power
The Patriots have scored the most runs in the Atlantic League (700). They also have the best team batting average (.278).
The Patriots bullpen has thrown 100.0 innings in the month of August and only allowed 26 runs. That’s good for a microscopic 2.34 ERA.
The Patriots are 73-16 when they score four or more runs. The Patriots are 13-28 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.