Central Islip, NY – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (24-17, 71-40) travel to the Empire State for the second time in as many weekends to battle the Long Island Ducks (19-22, 59-51) for the first game of a four game set featuring these Liberty Division foes. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. from Bethpage Ballpark. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. Somerset is 6-7 against Long Island in 2014.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Righty David Harden (1-2, 3.85 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow righty hurler Shaun Garceau (11-3, 5.11 ERA) takes the hill for the Flock.
This is a rematch of the 2013 Championship Series. These two squads will meet seven straight times starting tonight.
Corey Smith is in the midst of a nine game hitting streak
Best Regular Season In Franchise History On Horizon…
If the Patriots go 20-9 in their final 29 games they’d amass 91 wins which would be a franchise record for most wins in a single season
The Patriots have 33 come from behind wins, 17 wins in their final at bat and seven walk-off wins this year
Closer Jon Hunton leads the Atlantic League with 39 saves. That’s 11 more than anyone else in the league. He has only blown two saves since June 1st. Hunton has already established a single season franchise record for most saves in a year and Hunton is two saves away from breaking the Atlantic League record for most saves in a year.
The Somerset Patriots are the 2014 1st Half Liberty Division Champions! This is their 13th Half Title in franchise history as the Patriots are going to the playoffs for some serious September baseball! The Patriots have elected to take the back three games of the first round series at home so they will open up the postseason on the road. Tickets are on sale by calling 908-252-0700.
The Patriots are trying to repeat as half division title winners. They currently lead the 2nd Half Liberty Division standings by 5.0 games over Long Island.
The Patriots are 58-9 when they score four runs or more but only 13-31 when they score three runs or fewer.
Walk This Way
As an offense Somerset has drawn the most walks in the Atlantic League (384)
Lucky Number Seven
The Patriots are 48-2 when they lead after seven innings
New to our media network this week is an episode of Patriots Legacy and Covering All The Bases. The next live stream broadcast will be Thursday, August 28th at TD Bank Ballpark against the Long Island Ducks.
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. eastern on 1450 AM WCTC or www.wctcam.com.