Central Islip, NY – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (22-13, 69-36) travel to the Empire State to battle the two time reigning Atlantic League Champion Long Island Ducks (14-21, 54-50) for the first game of a three game weekend series. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. from Bethpage Ballpark. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. Somerset is 6-4 against Long Island in 2014.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Lefty Matt Maloney (8-5, 3.26 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while righty hurler Jared Lansford (4-4, 3.25 ERA) takes the hill for the Flock.
The Patriots have matched their high-water mark of being 33 games above .500. They are 10-3 in the month of August.
Welcome Back Big Don
In Adam Donachie’s first three games back since missing 12 games with an ankle injury he has six hits and three RBI.
The Patriots have 33 come from behind wins, 16 wins in their final at bat and seven walk-off wins this year
Closer Jon Hunton leads the Atlantic League with 37 saves. That’s 10 more than anyone else in the league. He has only blown two saves since June 1st. Hunton is one save away from breaking the single season Patriots record for most saves in a year and Hunton is four saves away from breaking the Atlantic League record for most saves in a year.
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 6.5 games over Bridgeport.
The Patriots are 58-8 when they score four runs or more but only 11-28 when they score three runs or fewer.
Walk This Way
As an offense Somerset has drawn the most walks in the Atlantic League (367)
Lucky Number Seven
The Patriots are 47-2 when they lead after seven innings
New to our media network this week is an episode of Patriots Legacy and Covering All The Bases. The next SPN.TV live stream game will be on Wednesday, August 20th.
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.