Bridgewater, NJ – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (17-11, 64-34) take on the Camden Riversharks (12-15, 35-62) for the third 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 11-4 against Camden in the Turnpike Series in 2014. The Patriots have already clinched this year’s Turnpike Cup.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Lefty David Purcey (1-0, 3.24 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow southpaw Fu-Te Ni (1-1, 4.86 ERA) takes the hill for the Sharks.
One Base At A Time
Damaso Espino has 45 hits this season yet 41 of them are singles
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 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-19 with five walks in his last five games
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 trying to repeat as half division title winners. They currently lead the 2nd Half Liberty Division standings by 4.5 games over Camden
The Patriots are 56-7 when they score four runs or more but only 8-27 when they score three runs or fewer.
Walk This Way
As an offense Somerset has drawn the most walks in the Atlantic League (346)
Lucky Number Seven
The Patriots are 44-2 when they lead after seven innings
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