Central Islip, NY – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (31-17, 77-41) visit the Long Island Ducks (24-24, 54-64) for the third game of a four game weekend series featuring these New Jersey and New York rivals. First pitch from Bethpage Ballpark will be at 7:05 p.m. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. The Patriots won the series opener 7-1 and won last night 7-2. 12 of the 14 runs Somerset has scored in the series have some with two outs. Somerset is 10-5 against Long Island on the year thus far.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Righty Erik Arnesen (12-2, 2.95 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow righty hurler Bob Zimmermann (2-3, 4.95 ERA) will take the hill for the Ducks.
The Patriots have won 27 of their last 33 games, 15 of their last 17, 12 of their last 13 games and five in a row. Somerset is at their high-water mark of being 36 games above .500 and has won four consecutive series.
The Patriots lead the Barnstormers by 15.0 games in the wild card. The Patriots trail the Skeeters by 2.0 games in the second half Freedom Division race.
The Patriots lead the all-time series with the Ducks 132-128. These two have been battling it out against each other since the year 2000.
The Somerset Patriots have not lost back-to-back games since July 19th & July 21st
Pounding The Zone
The Somerset Patriots pitching staff has surrendered the fewest walks in the Atlantic League (279). Each of the other seven teams in the league has issued more than 300 free passes.
Offensive Fire Power
The Patriots have scored the most runs in the Atlantic League (637)
The Patriots bullpen has thrown 62.0 innings in the month of August and only allowed 10 runs. That’s good for a microscopic 1.45 ERA.
The Patriots are 64-15 when they score four or more runs. The Patriots are 13-26 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.