Bridgewater, NJ – Today the Somerset Patriots (2-0) host the Long Island Ducks (0-1) at 1:05 p.m. from TD Bank Ballpark. This is the final game of a three game weekend series featuring these Liberty Division foes. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. The Patriots are looking to complete the sweep while the Ducks are looking to salvage the series finale.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Lefty Zach Kroenke (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. Kroenke will be making his Atlantic League debut while Blevins has helped guide the Flock to back-to-back Atlantic League Championships.
Slugger Dennis Raben is 6-for-8 with a home run in the series thus far. The 26 year old is an Atlantic League newcomer.
Marathon Not A Sprint
Including playoffs, since the start of the 2012 season the Ducks and Patriots have played five games that have lasted at least 14 innings.
Somerset’s bullpen has started the season by tossing 11.1 straight scoreless frames
Of the 27 men on the roster, nine return from last year’s franchise record setting 90 win squad (Jonny Tucker, Luis Montanez, Aharon Eggleston, Corey Smith, Adam Donachie, Derell McCall, Jason Lowey, Jon Hunton, Erik Arnesen).
The Patriots and Ducks have been rivals since the year 2000. Somerset leads the all-time series 138-134 including playoff games.
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 1:00 p.m. on 1450 AM WCTC or www.wctcam.com.