Central Islip, NY – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (13-7, 63-27) travel to the Empire State to battle the Long Island Ducks (8-11, 54-35) in the rubber game of a three game midweek series. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. from Bethpage Ballpark. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. Somerset is 7-8 against Long Island in 2015. Patriots lead the all-time series 151-149 as these two squads have played each other exactly 300 times since the rivalry began in the year 2000. This is the third different series at The Pond for Somerset this month. They play Long Island 12 times in a 27 game span.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Righty R.J. Seidel (2-3, 3.00 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while southpaw Darin Downs (0-2, 3.95 ERA) will toss for Long Island
Eggs Sunny Side Up
All-Star Aharon Eggleston snapped his 20 game hitting streak on Saturday. That was the longest hitting streak by any Atlantic League player this season. He has reached base in 32 straight games.
The Patriots begin a seven game road trip tonight and are in the midst of playing 14 of 17 on the road. They boast the best road record in the Atlantic League at 31-12
The Patriots are 12-1 on games played on a Thursday
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
Since July 15th Mat Gamel has raised his batting average from .143 to .186. Over his last 11 games he has 11 RBI and is 15-for-42 which is good for a .357 batting average
Jon Hunton is converted his last 13 save chances successfully.
Smacking The Quack
Four of Michael Burgess’ six home runs have come against the Flock and 12 of his 27 RBI have come against the Flock
Andino The Bambino
Robert Andino hit .186 in May, .276 in June, .333 in July
The Patriots have already played 13 extra inning games and have 18 wins in their final at bat including nine walk-off wins
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