Bridgewater, NJ – Today the Somerset Patriots (17-10, 64-33) take on the Camden Riversharks (11-15, 34-62) for the second game of a four game series featuring these Garden State foes. First pitch is scheduled for 11:05 a.m. from TD Bank Ballpark. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. Somerset is 11-3 against Camden in the Turnpike Series in 2014. The Patriots have already clinched this year’s Turnpike Cup.
Here are some of the key highlights from last night’s convincing 14-2 win over Camden…
Audio of Corey Smith’s home run
Audio of Brian Barden’s home run
Audio of Jeff Dominguez notching his fifth hit of game
Starting Pitching Matchup
Lefty Matt Zielinski (8-4, 3.34 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while righty hurler Wes Torrez (3-2, 3.89 ERA) takes the hill for the Sharks.
The Patriots have won five straight games and are 8-1 in their last nine contests. The Patriots have established a new high-water mark of being 31 games above .500.
Closer Jon Hunton leads the Atlantic League with 34 saves. That’s eight 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 9-for-15 with five walks in his last four games
Getting Smitty With It
Corey Smith is in the midst of a 14 game hitting streak which is the longest hitting streak by a Patriots player this year.
Daryle Ward has started 20 games and has totaled 16 RBI since signing with Somerset on July 18th.
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 56-7 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 (343)
Lucky Number Seven
The Patriots are 44-2 when they lead after seven innings
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