Bridgewater, NJ – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (4-2, 90-49) host the Long Island Ducks (5-1, 63-77) for the fourth game of the best of five 2013 Atlantic League Championship Series featuring this New Jersey and New York rivalry. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. from TD Bank Ballpark. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. The Ducks lead the best of five series 2-1 as the Flock won the first two contests but Somerset won in dramatic fashion last night 5-4 in 10 innings.
Last night Somerset smacked five solo homers to keep its season alive and force a game four. The following are the audio highlights courtesy of WCTC…
Audio clip of Cory Aldridge’s first home run
Audio clip of Cory Aldridge’s second home run
Audio clip of Adam Donachie’s home run
Audio clip of Yunesky Sanchez’s game tying home run in the eighth inning
Audio clip of Cory Aldridge’s third home run which was a walk-off home run in the tenth inning
Starting Pitching Matchup
Lefty Graham Taylor (0-0, 0.00 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while righty hurler Bobby Blevins (0-0, 0.00 ERA) will take the hill for the Flock. Graham Taylor is 2-2 with a 3.23 ERA in six starts against the Ducks this season. Bobby Blevins has not faced the Patriots this year.
Cory Aldridge has set an Atlantic League postseason record belting six home runs. Previously, Ryan Harvey (had five round trippers in 2012) held the AL record for most home runs in one postseason by a single player.
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 135-133. The Patriots went 12-8 against the Ducks in the regular season.
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. This is Somerset’s ninth Championship appearance. This is Long Island’s fourth Championship appearance.
Offensive Fire Power
The Patriots led the Atlantic League in runs scored (748), walks drawn (515) and team batting average (.277).
The Patriots are 80-17 when they score four or more runs. The Patriots are 14-34 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.