Bridgewater, NJ – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (20-16, 70-36) host the Long Island Ducks (19-17, 65-41) in the first game of a four game midweek series featuring these Liberty Division foes. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. from TD Bank Ballpark. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. The Patriots are Ducks are 8-8 against each other this season. 13 of the 16 meetings have been decided by three runs or fewer. This is the final series of the year between these two fierce New York and New Jersey rivals.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Righty Zach Clark (0-0, 4.50 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while southpaw Darin Downs (2-3, 4.55 ERA) will toss for Long Island
Second Half Race
The Patriots currently are tied atop the Second Half Liberty Division Standings with the Bluefish as they both have a 1.0 game lead over the Ducks.
Above The .500 Hump
Jon Hunton is 19-for-20 in save opportunities since June 19th. Hunton has tallied 126 career Atlantic League saves. The league record is 134 established by long time Southern Maryland closer Jim Ed Warden.
Setting The Tone
The Patriots have plated 16 first inning runs in the last eight 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 44 of his last 46 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.
A Cut Above The Rest
In his first 79 games David Vidal smacked 2 HRs but in his last 16 games David Vidal has smacked 4 HRs
Burgess Blasts Off
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