Bridgewater, NJ – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (21-18, 71-38) host the Long Island Ducks (21-18, 67-42) in the final game of a four game midweek series featuring these Liberty Division foes. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. from TD Bank Ballpark. The Patriots are 9-10 against the Ducks thus far. 16 of the 19 meetings have been decided by three runs or fewer. The first three games in this series have been decided by one run and in the final inning of play. This is the final meeting of the year between these two fierce New York and New Jersey rivals.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Righty Lucas Irvine (6-6, 2.96 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow righty hurler Bruce Kern (6-3, 3.39 ERA) will toss for Long Island
Second Half Race
There is a three-way tie atop the Second Half Liberty Division standings with Bridgeport, Long Island and Somerset all boasting identical records in the second stanza of play
Above The .500 Hump
The Patriots have secured a winning overall record for the third straight year in the Brett Jodie Era
Brett Jodie has 246 career wins as an Atlantic League manager
Jon Hunton is 19-for-21 in save opportunities since June 19th. Hunton has tallied 126 career Atlantic League saves. The league record is 134 established by long time Southern Maryland closer Jim Ed Warden.
Patience Is A Virtue
The Patriots have drawn 25 walks in their last four games
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 47 of his last 49 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 19 games David Vidal has smacked 5 HRs
Clap It Up For Claudio
Outfielder Ricky Claudio has hit safely in 6 of his first 8 games with Somerset and is 9-for-28 to start his Somerset tenure with 3 RBI and 3 stolen bases.
Burgess Blasts Off
Of Michael Burgess’ 9 HRs, 4 have occurred against Long Island
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.