Central Islip, NY – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (4-4, 54-24) travel to the Empire State to take on the Long Island Ducks (4-3, 50-27) in the first game of a three game weekend set featuring these Liberty Division foes. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. from Bethpage Ballpark. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. Somerset is 4-6 against Long Island this year. Tonight marks the first game of a seven game road trip for the Patriots.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Righty Randy Boone (4-2, 2.77 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow righty hurler Billy Buckner (6-1, 5.10 ERA) will toss for Camden
The Patriots boast the best record in the Atlantic League and have secured a postseason bid for the third consecutive season and for the 12th time in the franchise’s 18 years of existence. The Patriots are 1st Half Liberty Division Champions.
The Patriots have established an Atlantic League record for most wins in a single half with 50. The previous high was 48 done once by the 2005 Atlantic City Surf and once by the 2013 Sugar Land Skeeters.
Somerset has scored three runs or fewer in seven of the first eight games to start the second half
Clash Of The Titans
These two squads feature the number one and two ranked offenses and number one and two ranked pitching staffs in the Atlantic League
Aharon Eggleston is in the midst of a season-high 12 game hitting streak and has hit safely in 20 of his last 21 ball games. David Vidal has hit safely in 14 of his last 15 games.
The Patriots have already played 13 extra inning games and have 16 wins in their final at bat including nine walk-off wins
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