Camden, NJ – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (20-13, 70-33) resume the Turnpike Series as they commute to South Jersey to battle the Camden Riversharks (12-21, 40-63) in the second game of a four game weekend series featuring these Garden State foes. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. from Campbell’s Field. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. Somerset has already clinched the 2015 Turnpike Cup by winning the season series. The Patriots lead this year’s season series 15-6. Somerset is 9-0 in South Jersey but just 6-6 in Central Jersey.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Lefty Matt Zielinski (6-2, 2.35 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while righty hurler Eric Smith (2-5, 3.98 ERA) will toss for Camden
Second Half Race
The Patriots currently sit atop the Second Half Liberty Division Standings with a 1.0 game lead over the Bluefish
Setting The Tone
The Patriots have plated 15 first inning runs in the last five games
Eggs Sunny Side Up
All-Star Aharon Eggleston recently snapped his 20 game hitting streak and 36 game on base streak. He has reached base in 42 of his last 44 games.
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.
The Patriots have the best staff ERA (2.59) while the Riversharks have the worst staff ERA (4.46). The Patriots have committed the second fewest errors (71) while the Riversharks have committed the third most errors (102). The Patriots have scored the second most runs (462) while the Riversharks have scored the second fewest runs (387).
A Cut Above The Rest
In his first 79 games David Vidal smacked 2 HRs but in his last 13 games David Vidal has smacked 4 HRs
Burgess Blasts Off
In his last five games Michael Burgess has 8 hits, 7 RBI, 4 runs scored, 1 outfield assists, 1 stolen base
In his last 13 games Adam Donachie is 17-for-45 (.377) with nine RBI, two stolen bases and eight runs scored. Since July 30th he has raised his batting average from .192 to .235. He has hit safely in 10 of his last 13 games.
Jon Hunton is 19-for-20 in save opportunities since June 19th
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