Bridgewater, NJ – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (31-13) host the Camden Riversharks (18-27) for the series finale from TD Bank Ballpark. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. 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. Somerset leads the 2015 series 2-1.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Lefty Matt Zielinski (1-1, 2.53 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow southpaw Bill Murphy (1-5, 7.10 ERA) will toss for Camden
The Patriots begin the day 3.0 games up on Long Island in the First Half Liberty Division race with 26 games to go. These two squads only play each other three more times in the first half.
David Vidal is 6-for-14 with 7 RBI in this series
Sean Bierman leads the Atlantic League in ERA (1.45) and is in the midst of a 22.0 consecutive innings scoreless streak.
Somerset is 7-0-1 in its last seven series
The Patriots are 22-2 when leading after six innings
Lucky Number 2
The Patriots are 20-3 when Aharon Eggleston bats in the two-hole
The Patriots are 16-2 when they smack a home run
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 23-3 this year when they score first
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.