May 4th Game Notes; Blue Crabs @ Patriots

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Bridgewater, NJ – Tonight at 7:05pm from TD Bank Ballpark, the Somerset Patriots (3-4) host the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (5-2) in a three game weekend series. This will be the first of 20 meetings between these two squads this year.

For a comprehensive look at all the game trends, matchups and statistics, download tonight’s May 4th Game Notes.

The Blue Crabs are coming off a three game sweep of the Sugar Land Skeeters and have won four games in a row overall. They are currently tied with the Bridgeport Bluefish for best record in the Liberty Division. The Patriots are coming off back-to-back wins for the first time this year. The Patriots won Wednesday and Thursday against the Lancaster Barnstormers in dramatic fashion. Wednesday the Patriots overcame a four run deficit in the 8th inning and a two run deficit in the 9thinning to win 7-6. Thursday the Patriots won in extra innings 3-2 to win the rubber game of the series.

Outfielder Johnny Drennen has two home runs the past two nights

Who’s Hot…

Outfielder Johnny Drennen. Drennen has been nothing but clutch this week. On Wednesday he hit a two-run home run to tie the game at 6-6 in the ninth inning. On Thursday he hit a solo home run to give the Patriots a 3-2 edge in the 10th inning.

Who’s Not Hot…

Third baseman Jeff Nettles. Nettles is just 2-for-25 through the first seven games of 2012.

Tonight’s pitching matchup features Patriots southpaw Roy Merritt vs. righty Ben Moore of the Blue Crabs.

Last Time Out…

Roy Merritt: 4.2 innings, 2 runs, 7 hits, 2 walks, 4 strikeouts. Received a no decision.

Ben Moore: 7 innings, 1 runs, 7 hits, 0 walks, 6 strikeouts. Registered the win.

Career Minor League Statistics…

Roy Merritt: 13-14, 3.83 ERA, 206 games (5 starts), 242 Ks, 94 BBs.

Ben Moore: 70-53, 4.29 ERA, 204 games (138 starts), 835 Ks, 286 BBs

The first 2,000 fans in attendance to tonight’s game receive a free 15th Year Anniversary Somerset Patriots Commemorative T-Shirt. Gates open at 6:00pm.

Be sure to follow the Patriots on twitter @SOMPatriots for immediate updates. Listen to play-by-play voice Justin Antweil broadcast the game on 1450 AM WCTC or www.wctcam.com starting at 7:05pm.

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