Central Islip, NY – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (1-0, 89-50) battle the Long Island Ducks (0-1, 80-59) in Game Two of the Liberty Division Best-of-Five Series. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. from Bethpage Ballpark. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. The Patriots lead the series 1-0. The Patriots repeated as Half Title Winners while the Ducks snuck in as a Wild Card. This is just the second time ever these two have squared off in the postseason. The only time prior was the 2013 Championship Series where the Flock outlasted the Patriots 3-2 in the best-of-five set.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Righty Mickey Storey (12-3, 2.53 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while southpaw Darin Downs (4-5, 3.85 ERA) will toss for Long Island. Both these pitchers have spent time in MLB organizations this year as Storey was with the Dodgers and Downs was with the Astros.
Same Old Storey
Tonight’s starter Mickey Storey has been dealing. He is 7-0 with a 1.93 ERA in his last 7 starts and only given up one run in his last 18 innings of work
Game One Synopsis
Patriots defeat Ducks 5-3. Long Island stranded 15 base runners including eight the final three innings. The offensive star was clean up hitter Michael Burgess who finished a double shy of the cycle and three RBI. Audio of the final out being recorded by closer Jon Hunton courtesy of WCTC.
Something Has Got To Give
Statistically the Ducks have the best offense in the Atlantic League boasting the best team batting average (.283) and tallying the most runs (649). Statistically the Patriots have the best pitching in the Atlantic League boasting the best team ERA (3.04).
History On Horizon?
The Patriots and Ducks have met 306 times with the Patriots leading the all-time series 154-152. This year Somerset was 9-11 against Long Island in the regular season. 17 of the 21 meetings (including postseason) were decided by three runs or fewer. 10 of the 21 meetings were decided by exactly one run.
Greg Hopkins has hit safely in 16 of his last 18 games to end the regular season where over that span he has 4 HRs, 16 RBI and is hitting .318
The Patriots established an Atlantic League record for most wins in a single half with 50 (1st Half). The previous high was 48 done once by the 2005 Atlantic City Surf and once by the 2013 Sugar Land Skeeters. The Patriots amassed 89 wins on the year good for third most all-time in Atlantic League history.
Thomas Neal hits .201 at home but .358 on the road
Rising To The Occasion
Against Long Island this year reliever Daniel Sattler dominated. 6 innings, 2 hits, 1 run, 9 Ks, 0 BBs
Eggs Sunny Side Up
Aharon Eggleston had a great bounce back 2015 campaign. After hitting .251 a year ago and not being in this year’s Opening Day lineup, the All-Star hit .289 (7th best in league), 13 HBP (1st), 57 BBs (6th) and .390 OBP (2nd). The elder statesman on the squad hits .452 with RISP and two outs.
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