Central Islip, NY – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (3-0, 90-49) visit the Long Island Ducks (3-0, 63-77) for the first game of the best of five 2013 Atlantic League Championship Series featuring this New Jersey and New York rivalry. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. from Bethpage Ballpark. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. The Patriots went 12-8 against the Ducks in the regular season.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Righty Josh Lowey (0-0, 0.00 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow righty hurler John Brownell (1-0, 2.00 ERA) will take the hill for the Flock. Josh Lowey is 1-0 with a 2.70 ERA in two appearances against Long Island this year. John Brownell is 1-0 with a 2.76 ERA in five starts against Somerset this year.
The Patriots have made the playoffs for the first time since 2010. The Ducks are looking to join the Patriots and Revolution as the only teams to win back-to-back titles in Atlantic League history.
The Somerset Patriots and Long Island Ducks have been fierce rivals since 2000. The Patriots lead the all-time series 134-131.
The Patriots have won five Atlantic League titles. The Ducks have won two. This is the first time these two teams have met in the Championship Series.
Offensive Fire Power
The Patriots led the Atlantic League in runs scored (748), walks drawn (515) and team batting average (.277).
Getting Smitty With It
Corey Smith hits .317 with two homers and 12 RBI against Duck pitching this year
The Patriots are 79-17 when they score four or more runs. The Patriots are 14-32 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 6:35 p.m. on 1450 AM WCTC or www.wctcam.com.