Central Islip, NY – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (32-17, 78-41) visit the Long Island Ducks (24-25, 54-65) for the final game of a four game weekend series featuring these New Jersey and New York rivals. First pitch from Bethpage Ballpark will be at 5:05 p.m. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. The Patriots are going for the sweep while the Ducks are looking to salvage the series finale. Somerset is 11-5 against Long Island on the year thus far.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Lefty Roy Merritt (2-2, 2.45 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while righty hurler John Brownell (9-8, 3.85 ERA) will take the hill for the Ducks.
The Patriots have won six games in a row. The Ducks have lost four games in a row.
The Patriots have won 28 of their last 34 games, 16 of their last 18 and 13 of their last 14 games. Somerset is at their high-water mark of being 37 games above .500 and has won five consecutive series.
The Patriots lead the Barnstormers by 16.0 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 133-128. 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 (644)
The Patriots bullpen has thrown 64.1 innings in the month of August and only allowed 10 runs. That’s good for a microscopic 1.40 ERA.
The Patriots are 65-15 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 5:05 p.m. on 1450 AM WCTC or www.wctcam.com.