Central Islip, NY – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (2-2, 77-63) visit the Long Island Ducks (2-2, 72-68) for Game Five of the Liberty Division Championship Series. It’s a best-of-five series and this is winner take all. Each team has held serve at home. First pitch is scheduled for 5:05 p.m. from Bethpage Ballpark. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. The winner faces Sugar Land in the Championship Series which starts on Tuesday at Constellation Field in Texas. Sugar Land swept York in the other side of the bracket
Starting Pitching Matchup
Righty Will Oliver (7-2, 3.30 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow right hander John Brownell (10-8, 3.30 ERA) will toss for Long Island. Both started Game One so both are tossing on three day’s rest. Oliver has yielded three runs or fewer in 15 of his 17 starts. The Patriots are 5-0 in his last five starts. He has not sustained a loss since July 31st (span of 10 starts). Brownell is the reigning Atlantic League Pitcher of the Year and was tabbed as the 2013 Atlantic League Championship Series MVP.
Game One Recap
Shortstop Scott Kelly clubbed walk-off home run in the bottom of the 11th inning to send 5,124 fans home happy as Somerset edged Long Island 3-2. It was the third year Patriots just second career home run, his first occurring last month in his 219th professional game. This was his 240th professional game. Prior to that home run, he had 178 hits, and 177 of them were either singles or doubles or triples.
Game Two Recap
Savvy southpaw Nik Turley tossed a terrific gem. He hurled seven scoreless innings while striking out 14 and walking just one. He yielded three hits and only needed 100 pitches. Somerset crushed Long Island 10-0. Seven of the nine started recorded multi-hit games.
Game Three Recap
The Patriots came out flat and only mustered one run (a Bryan LaHair solo home run in the 7th) as the Ducks defeated the Patriots 7-1. Lew Ford’s two-run home run in the sixth put the contest out of reach in the sixth inning making the score go from 2-0 to 4-0
Game Four Recap
Nine hole hitter, and All-Star Anthony Vega pounded a two-run home run in the home half of the third inning that proved to be the difference in the 2-0 Long Island win. Somerset stranded multiple men on base in the third, fifth and seventh innings. Jarret Leverett and Shaun Garceau were involved in an epic pitcher’s duel.
For All The Marbles
The Somerset Patriots are 1-2 in decisive Game 5’s in the Brett Jodie Era.
The Somerset Patriots secured a postseason slot by claiming the Second Half Liberty Division Title. It’s the franchises fourth straight playoff appearance and 13th time qualifying for the postseason in the franchise’s 19 years of existence. The Patriots are eye balling their seventh Atlantic League Title as they also hoisted the hardware in 2001, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2009, and 2015.
Scott Kelly is 8-for-15 to pace the offense in the playoffs thus far. The Patriots pitchers have struck out 38 Ducks batters and only walked 10.
The Patriots and Ducks went 12-12 against each other this year including playoffs. 17 of the 24 games were decided by three runs or fewer. Four of the contest went to extra innings. It’s the third time in the last four years these squads match up in the playoffs. The all-time series is 165-164 in favor of Somerset as the fierce rivalry began in the year 2000.
Jon Hunton is 7-for-7 in his career in postseason save situations. He led the league in saves with 37. It’s his fourth straight year of at least amassing 30 saves. He is the league’s all-time saves leader at 165.
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