Camden, NJ – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (9-5, 59-25) resume the Turnpike Series as they are in South Jersey to battle the Camden Riversharks (3-11, 31-53) for the final game of a four game midweek set featuring these Garden State foes. Somerset is in sweep mode while Camden is in salvage mode. First pitch is scheduled for 11:05 a.m. from Campbell’s Field. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. Patriots lead the 2015 Turnpike Series 12-4. First to 13 wins hoist the NJ Hardware as these two Liberty Division rivals battle each other 24 times on the year. The Patriots have clinched a share of the Turnpike Cup and can bring home the hardware with a victory this afternoon.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Lefty Sean Bierman (8-2, 1.85 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow southpaw Steve Garrison (2-3, 2.80 ERA) will toss for Camden
Eggs Sunny Side Up
All-Star Aharon Eggleston is in the midst of a season-high 18 game hitting streak and has hit safely in 25 of his last 26 ball games. That is the longest hitting streak by any Atlantic League player this season
The Patriots have won five games in a row
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.
Just The Two Of Us
In a six series span Somerset has only faced two teams (Long Island and Camden)
Soup Is Magically Delicious
The Patriots are 7-0 at Campbell’s Field this year
The Patriots are 11-1 on games played on a Thursday
Mat Is Back
Matt Gamel has 9 RBI in his last 7 games
Andino The Bambino
Robert Andino has five straight multi-hit games
Nate Spears has hit safely in 21 of his last 23 road games. Aharon Eggleston has reached base safely in 23 consecutive road games.
The Patriots have already played 13 extra inning games and have 17 wins in their final at bat including nine walk-off wins
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 11:05 a.m. eastern on 1450 AM WCTC or www.wctcam.com.