Central Islip, NY –Tonight the Somerset Patriots (15-5) visit the Long Island Ducks (11-7) for the rubber game of the midweek series featuring these Liberty Division foes. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. from Bethpage Ballpark. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. The Patriots are 5-1 against the Ducks this year. The Patriots lead the all-time series 158-153.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Righty Scott McGregor (1-1, 2.54 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow righty hurler Mark Blackmar (2-0, 0.50 ERA) will toss for Long Island. McGregor has the 9th best ERA in the league while Blackmar boasts the 2nd best ERA in the league.
Jon Hunton, entering his 5th year with the Patriots, set the all-time career league saves record on May 10th. He has 135 (126 coming with Somerset) while Jim Ed Warden had the previous record with 134. Hunton is 7-for-8 in save opportunities this year.
The last 10 games for the Patriots have been decided by three runs or less
The Patriots have only drilled one home run in their last nine games
The Patriots have scored four runs or fewer in five straight games
RU Ready For Domination
Rutgers University product, Vinny Zarrillo, had 5 RBI in 23 games last year with Somerset. This year in 4 games he has 5 RBI.
The Patriots bullpen boasts a collective 2.00 ERA. Relievers Evan Meek, Kyler Newby, and Gus Schlosser have yet to yield a run.
Scott Kelly leads the league in steals (10). He has the sixth best batting average in the Atlantic League coming in at a .324 clip. He has hit safely in 10 of his last 12 games.
Patience Is A Virtue
The Patriots have drawn a league 77 walks this year which is tied for most in the league
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