Bridgewater, NJ – Today the Somerset Patriots (29-12) host the Camden Riversharks (17-25) for the first game of a four game set featuring these Garden State foes. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. from TD Bank Ballpark. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. The Turnpike Series resumes after Somerset won the inaugural Turnpike Cup last year besting the Sharks 16 of 20 times in 2014. This year the squads meet 24 times so the first to 13 wins gets to hoist the hardware.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Righty Randy Boone (1-1, 2.49 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow righty hurler Wes Torrez (3-1, 2.48 ERA) will toss for Camden
The Patriots begin the day 4.0 games up on Long Island in the First Half Liberty Division race with 29 games to go. These two squads only play each other three more times in the first half.
The Patriots pitching staff has surrendered one run in its last 43.0 innings logged dating back to the second inning on Tuesday. The staff ERA is 1.91. The team with the next best ERA is Southern Maryland at 3.00. Somerset has only surrendered one home run in its last 21 games.
Somerset is 7-0-1 in its last seven series
The Patriots are 20-1 when leading after six innings. The bullpen collective ERA is 1.72. The bullpen has only allowed one run in its last 25.0 innings in a stretch that started May 27th
Lucky Number 2
The Patriots are 18-2 when Aharon Eggleston bats in the two-hole
Time To Grind
From May 27th to July 5th the Patriots play 40 games in 40 days. Only one scheduled off day during that time frame.
Setting The Tone
The Patriots are 21-2 this year when they score first
The Patriots are 15-2 when the smack a home run
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 1:05 p.m. eastern on 1450 AM WCTC or www.wctcam.com.