Bridgewater, NJ – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (1-1, 51-21) host the Long Island Ducks (1-1, 47-24) for the rubber game of a three game weekend series. First pitch is scheduled for 5:05 p.m. from TD Bank Ballpark. Somerset is 4-5 against Long Island this season as these squads are in the midst of playing each other 9 times in a 14 game span. Patriots lead the all-time series 148-145.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Righty Randy Boone (4-1, 2.64 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow righty hurler Billy Buckner (5-1, 5.69 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.
Want To Be Like Mike
Michael Burgess has homered in back-to-back games and has 10 RBI in his last 12 games. He has hit safely in 8 of his last 9 games. He has homered in two of his last three contests.
The Patriots have committed the fewest errors in the Atlantic League (50)
David Vidal is the in the midst of a season-high nine game hitting streak
Clash Of The Titans
The Patriots and Ducks have the number one and two offenses in the Atlantic League and number one and two pitching staffs in the Atlantic League
Welcome To Pro Ball
Newcomers Vinny Zarrillo and Jose Reyes each tallied their first career professional base hits last weekend. They are 22 and 23 years old respectively.
The Patriots have already played 12 extra inning games and have 15 wins in their final at bat including eight walk-off wins
Somerset is 12-2-2 in its last 16 series
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.