Bridgewater, NJ – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (5-2, 90-49) host the Long Island Ducks (5-2, 63-77) for the fifth and decisive game of the best of five 2013 Atlantic League Championship Series featuring this New Jersey and New York rivalry. First pitch is scheduled for 5:05 p.m. from TD Bank Ballpark. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. The Ducks won the first two games but the Patriots responded be being victories the last two times.
Somerset won 2-1 in 16 innings via walk-off fashion last night. Here are the highlights courtesy of WCTC…
Audio clip of Eddy Martinez-Esteve’s RBI double in the seventh inning
Audio clip of Bill Hall striking out to end the 9th inning
Audio clip of Bill Hall striking out to end the 13th inning
Audio clip of Angel Sanchez’s walk-off RBI single in the 16th inning
Starting Pitching Matchup
Righty David Harden (1-0, 2.70 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow righty hurler John Brownell (2-0, 2.12 ERA) will take the hill for the Flock. David Harden was 3-0 in four appearances with a 4.70 ERA against Duck pitching. John Brownell will be pitching on three days’ rest after winning game one of the series Wednesday when he threw eight innings allowing just two runs. In the regular season against Somerset he was 1-0 in five starts with a 2.76 ERA.
Cory Aldridge has set an Atlantic League postseason record belting six home runs. Previously, Ryan Harvey (had five round trippers in 2012) held the AL record for most home runs in one postseason by a single player.
The Patriots have made the playoffs for the first time since 2010. The Ducks are looking to join the Patriots and Revolution as the only teams to win back-to-back titles in Atlantic League history.
You’re The One
The Patriots have played seven postseason games and each contest has been decided by one run.
The Somerset Patriots and Long Island Ducks have been fierce rivals since 2000. The Patriots lead the all-time series 136-133. The Patriots went 12-8 against the Ducks in the regular season.
The Patriots have won five Atlantic League titles. The Ducks have won two. This is the first time these two teams have met in the Championship Series. This is Somerset’s ninth Championship appearance. This is Long Island’s fourth Championship appearance.
Offensive Fire Power
The Patriots led the Atlantic League in runs scored (748), walks drawn (515) and team batting average (.277).
The Patriots are 80-17 when they score four or more runs. The Patriots are 15-34 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 5:05 p.m. on 1450 AM WCTC or www.wctcam.com.