Bridgewater, NJ – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (23-10) host the Long Island Ducks (18-15) for the final game of a four game series featuring these Liberty Division foes. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. from TD Bank Ballpark. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. Somerset leads the all-time series 146-142 as these two New York and New Jersey squads have been rivals since 2000. This is a rematch of the 2013 Atlantic League Championship Series. Somerset has won two of the first three games in this set. The three contest have been decided by a total of five runs.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Lefty Matt Zielinski (1-0, 2.92 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow southpaw Andrew Barbosa (0-0, 1.12 ERA) will toss for Long Island.
The Patriots have won five straight series. A win tonight would make it six straight.
Chris Marrero is in the midst of a 17 game hitting streak. He is hitting .425 over that span with 5 HRs and 14 RBI and 10 doubles.
The Patriots boast the best team ERA in the Atlantic League at 2.05. They’re currently in the midst of throwing 22.0 consecutive scoreless innings.
The Patriots are 15-1 when leading after six innings. The bullpen collective ERA is 1.89. The bullpen has thrown 9.0 consecutive scoreless innings since Wednesday’s 9th inning.
Time To Grind
From May 27th to July 5th the Patriots play 40 games in 40 days. Only one scheduled off day during that time frame.
Setting The Tone
The Patriots are 17-2 this year when they score first
The Patriots are 13-2 when the smack a home run
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