Bridgewater, NJ – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (16-10, 63-33) take on the Camden Riversharks (11-14, 34-61) for the first game of a four game series featuring these Garden State foes. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. from TD Bank Ballpark. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. Somerset is 10-3 against Camden in the Turnpike Series in 2014. If Somerset wins tonight the Patriots win this year’s Turnpike Cup.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Righty David Harden (0-0, 0.00 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow righty hurler Pedro Liriano (0-6, 5.42 ERA) takes the hill for the Sharks.
The Patriots have won four straight games and are 7-1 in their last eight contests. The Patriots have established a new high-water mark of being 30 games above .500.
Closer Jon Hunton leads the Atlantic League with 34 saves. That’s nine more than anyone else in the league. He has only blown one save since June 1st. Hunton is four saves away from breaking the single season Patriots record for most saves in a year and Hunton is eight seven saves away from breaking the Atlantic League record for most saves in a year.
Garden State Love
Somerset is in the midst of playing 20 straight games in the state of New Jersey and 17 of 20 at home.
Jonny Be Good
Jonny Tucker is 5-for-10 with four walks in his last three games
Getting Smitty With It
Corey Smith is in the midst of a 13 game hitting streak which is tied for longest hitting streak by a Patriots player this year (Ty Wright 13 from June 1st to June 15th)
The Somerset Patriots are the 2014 1st Half Liberty Division Champions! This is their 13th Half Title in franchise history as the Patriots are going to the playoffs for some serious September baseball! The Patriots have elected to take the back three games of the first round series at home so they will open up the postseason on the road. Tickets are on sale by calling 908-252-0700.
The Patriots are 55-7 when they score four runs or more but only 8-26 when they score three runs or fewer.
Walk This Way
As an offense Somerset has drawn the most walks in the Atlantic League (336)
Lucky Number Seven
The Patriots are 43-2 when they lead after seven innings
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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. eastern on 1450 AM WCTC or www.wctcam.com.