Bridgewater, NJ – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (43-23, 89-47) host the Long Island Ducks (31-36, 61-76) for the first game of a three game weekend series. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. from TD Bank Ballpark. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. Somerset is 13-6 against Long Island this year.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Righty David Harden (10-2, 3.15 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while southpaw Bill Murphy (4-14, 5.31 ERA) will take the hill for the Ducks.
The Patriots have made the playoffs for the first time since 2010. They will play the Sugar Land Skeeters in the first round of the tournament.
The Patriots have won 39 of their last 51 games, 27 of their last 35, 24 of their last 31 games and 11 of last 16. Somerset has won eight of its last 10 series.
Eye On The Prize
The Patriots trail the Skeeters by 2.5 games in the second half Freedom Division race.
Best Year Ever
Somerset has totaled 89 wins which is the single season record for most wins in a season by one Patriots team. The 89 wins are also good for the second most wins all-time in a single season in Atlantic League history (16 years of existence).
Offensive Fire Power
The Patriots have scored the most runs in the Atlantic League (734). They also have the best team batting average (.279).
The Patriots are 76-16 when they score four or more runs. The Patriots are 13-31 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.