Camden, NJ – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (46-18) commute for the Turnpike Series with the Camden Riversharks (26-38) as these two Garden State foes battle in the second game of a four game midweek set from Campbell’s Field. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. Somerset is 3-2 against Camden in 2015. These two squads play each other 24 times so first to 13 victories wins the Turnpike Cup.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Lefty Sean Bierman (6-1, 1.59 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow southpaw Ryan Kulik (4-3, 4.89 ERA) will toss for Camden
The Patriots begin the day 4.5 games up on Long Island in the First Half Liberty Division race with 6 games to go. These two squads only play each other three more times in the first half and it’s the final three games (68, 69, 70). The Ducks are in Long Island playing against the Barnstormers tonight.
Magic Number = 3
The Magic Number to clinch the 1st Half Liberty Division is three (any combination of Patriots wins and/or Ducks losses)
Sean Bierman has the second best ERA in the Atlantic League. The Patriots are 9-2 when we starts a game.
It’s Shark Attack Time
The Patriots play the Sharks 13 times over a 22 game span from June 29th to July 23rd
The Patriots have already played 12 extra inning games and have 15 wins in their final at bat including eight walk-off wins
I’ll Take Two
Thomas Neal leads the Atlantic League in doubles (21) and has 10 RBI in his last six games
Somerset is 11-1-2 in its last 14 series
Former Big Leaguers Turning It Around
Robert Andino hit .186 in May but is hitting at a .277 clip in June. Nate Spears hit .200 in May but is hitting at a .338 clip in June
The Patriots are 25-2 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 33-4 this year when they score first
Nate Spears is in the midst of a 13 game hitting streak on the road
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.