Central Islip, NY – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (50-19) conclude the first half of 2015 play with the rubber match of a three game weekend series against the Long Island Ducks (45-23) on the road. First pitch is scheduled for 5:05 p.m. from Bethpage Ballpark. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. The Patriots and Ducks are 3-3 against each other thus far. Somerset leads the all-time series 147-144 as these two squads have been battling since 2000.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Lefty Sean Bierman (7-1, 1.54 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while righty hurler Bruce Kern (3-1, 2.64 ERA) will toss for Long Island
The Patriots boast the best record in the Atlantic League and have secured a postseason bid for the third consecutive season and for the 12th time in the franchise’s 18 years of existence. The Patriots are 1st Half Liberty Division Champions.
The Patriots have established an Atlantic League record for most wins in a single half with 50. The previous high was 48 done once by the 2005 Atlantic City Surf and once by the 2013 Sugar Land Skeeters.
The Patriots are 10-2 when All-Star Sean Bierman toes the rubber. He boast the best ERA in the Atlantic League
Welcome To Pro Ball
Newcomers Vinny Zarrillo and Jose Reyes each tallied their first career professional base hit on Friday and Saturday respectiviely
The Patriots are 15-3 in their last 18 games
The Patriots have already played 12 extra inning games and have 15 wins in their final at bat including eight walk-off wins
David Vidal has a seven game hitting streak. Thomas Neal has a six game hitting streak. Nate Spears has a five game hitting streak.
Setting The Tone
The Patriots are 34-5 this year when they score first
Somerset is 12-1-2 in its last 15 series
Nate The Great
Nate Spears hit .200 in May but hit .347 in June. He is currently in the midst of a 17 game road hitting streak.
The Patriots are 28-3 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.
Thomas Neal has 17 RBI in his last 11 ball games
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 5:05 p.m. eastern on 1450 AM WCTC or www.wctcam.com.