Camden, NJ – Today the Somerset Patriots (20-15, 70-35) resume the Turnpike Series as they are in South Jersey to battle the Camden Riversharks (14-21, 42-63) in the final game of a four game weekend series featuring these Garden State foes. First pitch is scheduled for 1:35 p.m. from Campbell’s Field. Download today’s comprehensive 08_16_15 Notes. Somerset has already clinched the 2015 Turnpike Cup by winning the season series. The Patriots lead this year’s season series 15-8. This is the final meeting between these two squads in 2015. Somerset is 9-2 in South Jersey but just 6-6 in Central Jersey.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Righty Will Oliver (1-0, 0.00 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow righty hurler Wes Torrez (4-5, 4.24 ERA) will toss for Camden
Second Half Race
The Patriots currently are tied atop the Second Half Liberty Division Standings with the Bluefish as they both have a 2.0 game lead over the Ducks.
Clap It Up For Claudio
24-year old Ricky Claudio is 6-for-15 to start his Somerset tenure
Setting The Tone
The Patriots have plated 16 first inning runs in the last seven games
3 of Mat Gamel’s 7 HRs have occurred against Camden
Eggs Sunny Side Up
All-Star Aharon Eggleston recently snapped his 20 game hitting streak and 36 game on base streak. He has reached base in 44 of his last 46 games.
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.
A Cut Above The Rest
In his first 79 games David Vidal smacked 2 HRs but in his last 15 games David Vidal has smacked 4 HRs
In his last 15 games Adam Donachie is 18-for-54 (.333) with 10 RBI, two stolen bases and nine runs scored. Since July 30th he has raised his batting average from .192 to .229. He has hit safely in 11 of his last 15 games.
Burgess Blasts Off
Michael Burgess has 9 RBI in his last 11 games
Jon Hunton is 19-for-20 in save opportunities since June 19th
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 1:35 p.m. eastern on 1450 AM WCTC or www.wctcam.com.