Bridgewater, NJ – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (27-20, 74-43) host the Long Island Ducks (22-25, 62-54) for the third game of a three game midweek set featuring these Liberty Division foes. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. from TD Bank Ballpark. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. Somerset is 9-10 against Long Island in 2014. The Patriots lead the all-time series 142-141.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Lefty Matt Zielinski (9-7, 3.49 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while righty hurler John Brownell (12-8, 3.73 ERA) takes the hill for the Flock.
Due to the Rutgers football game tonight there will be no Patriots baseball on WCTC. The game will exclusively be on SPN.TV.
This is a rematch of the 2013 Championship Series. These two squads are in the midst of meeting seven straight times and 10 times in a 13 game stretch.
Corey Smith is in the midst of a 15 game hitting streak. Earlier this summer he had a 14 game hitting streak. Last year Smith hit .269. This year he’s hitting .305.
Cory Harrilchak had three home runs in his first 71 games. In his last three games he has two home runs.
ESPY Deserves an ESPY
Damaso Espino has registered multi-hit games in three of his last four starts
Best Regular Season In Franchise History On Horizon…
If the Patriots go 17-6 in their final 23 games they’d amass 91 wins which would be a franchise record for most wins in a single season
The Patriots have 36 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 41 saves. That’s 13 more than anyone else in the league. He has only blown two saves since June 1st. Hunton has already set the Atlantic League single season saves record as he broke Mike Guilfoyle’s record of 40 done in 2003 with Bridgeport.
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 61-9 when they score four runs or more but only 13-34 when they score three runs or fewer.
Walk This Way
As an offense Somerset has drawn the most walks in the Atlantic League (401)
Lucky Number Seven
The Patriots are 50-2 when they lead after seven innings
New to our media network this week is an episode of the Brett Jodie Show. 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.