Central Islip, NY – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (1-1, 46-25) visit the Long Island Ducks (1-1, 31-41) at 7:05 p.m. from Bethpage Ballpark. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. This is the rubber match of a three game midweek series featuring this New York vs. New Jersey rivalry. Somerset leads the season series 8-4.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Lefty Graham Taylor (5-4, 4.65 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while righty hurler John Brownell (6-5, 3.65 ERA) will take the hill for the Ducks.
Happy 32nd Birthday to Patriots left fielder Aharon Eggleston!
Even All-Time Matchup
Somerset leads the all-time series with Long Island 130-127. These two squads have been rivals since 2000.
Donnie Likes Ducks/Smitty Smacks Quack
Adam Donachie has five home runs this season and three of his long balls have come against Long Island. Corey Smith is hitting over .400 against Long Island pitching this year.
Jake Can Rake
Jake Fox leads the Atlantic League in home runs with 21 and RBI with 65.
The Patriots lead the Atlantic League with 73 home runs hit as a squad. Somerset has also scored the most runs (406) in the Atlantic League while boasting the team batting average (.286) and drawing the most walks (255).
Lucky Number 14
Bobby Stevens has three home runs this season yet two of them have broken a tie ball game in the 14th inning. One blast came on May 6th against York and another round tripper game July 1st against Long Island.
The Patriots are 39-9 when they score four or more runs. The Patriots are 7-16 when they score 3 or fewer runs.
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. on 1450 AM WCTC or www.wctcam.com.