Bridgewater, NJ – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (28-36, 63-71) host the Long Island Ducks (21-42, 60-72) in the first game of this three game midweek series from TD Bank Ballpark. The Ducks, who won the First Half Liberty Division Title, are 11-6 against Somerset in 2012.
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The Patriots will play their final six games for pride and to be a spoiler. It’s the first time in franchise history the Patriots have missed out on the playoffs in back to back years. The Patriots are currently a season-low eight games below .500.
Final Homestand Begins
The Patriots conclude the 2012 season with a six game homestand that begins tonight.
Since resigning with the Patriots earlier this month, outfielder Jonny Tucker is hitting .371.
The Patriots have surrendered the second most home runs as a pitching staff (120) in the Atlantic League while the Ducks have surrendered the most home runs as a pitching staff (125) in the Atlantic League.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Lefty Roy Merritt toes the rubber for Somerset while righty hurler Bobby Blevins is on the hill for the Ducks.
Roy Merritt: 8-8, 3.23 ERA, 26 starts, 147.2 innings, 115 Ks, 50 BBs
Bobby Blevins: 0-0, 2.84 ERA, 4 appearances and 3 starts, 19.0 innings, 13 Ks, 6 BBs
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