Camden, NJ – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (33-28, 80-51) renew the Turnpike Series as they travel to South Jersey to battle the Camden Riversharks (23-38, 46-85) for the first game of a three game weekend series featuring these Garden State foes. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. from Campbell’s Field. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. The Patriots have already clinched the 2014 Turnpike Cup as they lead the season series 13-4.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Lefty Matt Maloney (9-8, 3.45 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while righty hurler Nick DeBarr (1-2, 8.00 ERA) takes the hill for the Sharks.
The Patriots are trying to repeat as half division title winners. The magic number is six. They currently lead the 2nd Half Liberty Division standings by 4.0 games over Long Island with 9 games to go. The Ducks own the second half tiebreaker should they both finish with identical second half records.
After not homering at all in the month of August, Daryle Ward has five home runs in the month of September.
Former Patriot Cory Harrilchak has signed with the Camden Riversharks for the final two weeks of the season
Straw That Stirs Drinks
Jonny Tucker is in the midst of a 13 game hitting streak
The Patriots have 38 come from behind wins, 18 wins in their final at bat and seven walk-off wins this year
Closer Jon Hunton leads the Atlantic League with 45 saves. That’s 17 more than anyone else in the league. Hunton has already set the Atlantic League single season saves record as he broke Mike Guilfoyle’s record of 40 done in 2003 with Bridgeport.
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 66-15 when they score four runs or more but only 14-36 when they score three runs or fewer.
Walk This Way
As an offense Somerset has drawn the most walks in the Atlantic League (437)
Lucky Number Seven
The Patriots are 55-3 when they lead after seven innings
New to our media network this week is an episode of Kids Corner. Our next live stream game will be on Saturday, September 20th against the Bridgeport Bluefish
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.