Bridgewater, NJ – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (2-1, 77-63) visit the Long Island Ducks (1-2, 72-68) for Game Four of the Liberty Division Series. It’s a best-of-five Liberty Division Championship Series. The Patriots lead the series 2-1. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 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.
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.
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 6-for-11 to pace the offense in the playoffs thus far. The Patriots pitchers have struck out 32 Ducks batters and only walked six.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Righty Shaun Garceau (4-6, 4.97 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while southpaw hurler Jarret Leverett (6-9, 3.74 ERA) will toss for Long Island. Garceau won a title for York (2011) and Long Island (2013) plus was an All-Star for the Ducks in 2014. Leverett began the year with New Britain.
The Patriots and Ducks went 10-10 against each other this year in regular season. 15 of the 20 games were decided by three runs or fewer. Three 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 165-163 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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