Bridgewater, NJ – Tonight marks the third game of the year as the Somerset Patriots (2-0) host the Long Island Ducks (0-2) from TD Bank Ballpark at 7:05 p.m. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. Each of Somerset’s wins have been in come from behind fashion as in the pair of games the Ducks first inning runs weren’t enough.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Lefty Darin Gorski (0-0, 0.00 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while righty hurler Bobby Blevins (0-0, 0.00 ERA) will toss for Long Island. Gorski spent seven years in the highly regarded New York Mets farm system. Blevins enters his fifth straight year with the Flock and is a two-time Atlantic League Champion.
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Welcome Back Kid Kelly
In his first game back since June 17th, shortstop Scott Kelly ripped a go ahead RBI base hit to give the Patriots the lead they would never relinquish last night. 10 months ago Kelly had surgery to have a blood clot treated which forced a rib to be removed as well.
Patriots bullpen this year: 9.0 innings, 4 hits, 2 BBs, 1 run
Walk This Way
Ducks pitchers have walked 10 Patriots hitters. Patriots pitchers have walked 3 Ducks hitters.
This year’s roster features nine returning players from last year’s title winning squad (Matt Fields, Kyler Newby, Gus Schlosser, Jon Hunton, Aharon Eggleston, Connor Little, David Vidal, Scott Kelly, Mickey Storey)
This year’s roster features eight players who have suited up in the big leagues at one point in their careers (Jeremy Horst, Mickey Storey, Kyler Newby, Gus Schlosser, Bryan LaHair, Eric Farris, Trayvon Robinson, Brad Snyder)
Playoff Series Rematch
Last year Somerset and Long Island played a thrilling best-of-five Liberty Division Series. Patriots trailed Ducks 2-1 then the red, white and blue received back-to-back complete game shutouts from Will Oliver and Roy Merritt to buoy them in the playoffs.
Jon Hunton, entering his 5th year with the Patriots, is seven saves away from becoming the all-time saves leader in Atlantic League history. He currently has 129. Jim Ed Warden, formerly of Southern Maryland, holds the mark with 134.
Joining The Good Guys
Carlos Guzman played in 135 games for Camden Riversharks last year. He was an All-Star who hit .276, 10 HRs, 76 RBI. In 24 games against Somerset he was lethal hitting .310, 2 HRs, 14 RBI.
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. Download the free new Patriots App by searching Somerset Patirots in the App Store on your phone or tablet.