Central Islip, NY – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (5-5, 55-25) travel to the Empire State to take on the Long Island Ducks (5-4, 51-28) in the rubber match of the three game weekend set featuring these Liberty Division foes. First pitch is scheduled for 5:05 p.m. from Bethpage Ballpark. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. Somerset is 5-7 against Long Island this year. The all-time series is 149-148 in favor of Somerset.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Righty Lucas Irvine (3-5, 2.77 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while southpaw Darin Downs (0-0, 0.00 ERA) will toss for Long Island
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.
Mat Is Back
Matt Gamel has six RBI in his last five games
Somerset has scored three runs or fewer in 8 of the first 10 games to start the second half
9 of Michael Burgess’ 18 RBI have occurred against Long Island and two of his three homers have occurred against Long Island
Nate Spears has hit safely in 18 of his last 20 road games
Aharon Eggleston is in the midst of a season-high 14 game hitting streak and has hit safely in 22 of his last 23 ball games. David Vidal has hit safely in 15 of his last 17 games.
The Patriots have already played 13 extra inning games and have 17 wins in their final at bat including nine walk-off wins
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