Bridgewater, NJ – Today the Somerset Patriots (44-24, 90-48) host the Long Island Ducks (32-37, 62-77) for the final game of a three game weekend series. This is the rubber match as Somerset won the opener 9-5 and the Ducks were victorious last night 4-0. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. from TD Bank Ballpark. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. Somerset is 12-7 against Long Island this year.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Righty Paul Phillips (4-4, 6.32 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow righty hurler Pete Budkevics (0-2, 5.78 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. Long Island will battle Southern Maryland in the other first round matchup.
The Patriots have won 40 of their last 53 games, 28 of their last 37, 25 of their last 33 games and 12 of last 18.
Offensive Fire Power
The Patriots lead the Atlantic League in runs scored (743), walks drawn (510) and team batting average (.278).
Best Year Ever
Somerset has totaled 90 wins which is the single season record for most wins in a season by one Patriots team. The 90 wins are also good for the second most wins all-time in a single season in Atlantic League history (16 years of existence).
The Patriots are 77-16 when they score four or more runs. The Patriots are 13-32 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 1:05 p.m. on 1450 AM WCTC or www.wctcam.com.