July 7th Game Notes; Patriots @ Blue Crabs

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Waldorf, MD – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (33-35) visit the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (30-39) at 6:35 p.m. from Regency Furniture Stadium for the third game of this four game weekend series. This will be the final series of the first half for both clubs. Next week is the All-Star break.

The Patriots won last night 4-1. They turned three double plays and laid down three key sacrifice bunts which led to runs. Yusuf Carter also smashed his seventh home run of the season and his second round tripper in as many days. Here’s the audio clip of Carter’s blast last night to left field courtesy of WCTC.

For a comprehensive look at all the statistics, trends and matchups please download tonight’s July 7th Game Notes.

Owning Crustacean Nation

The Patriots have won six of the eight meetings with the Blue Crabs this year.

Blue Crabs Struggling

Southern Maryland has lost 9 of its last 12 games overall.

1,000 Watch

Patriots’ manager Sparky Lyle is 7 wins away from 1,000 managerial wins in his 15 year Atlantic League career. Third baseman Jeff Nettles is 13 hits away from 1,000 hits in his nine year Atlantic League career.

Scoring First Is Key

Somerset is 22-13 when they score first yet they are only 11-22 when the opponent scores first.

Starting Pitching Matchup

Righty Justin Cassel toes the rubber for the Patriots while righty hurler Virgil Vasquez takes the hill for the Blue Crabs. Cassel has the fifth best ERA in the Atlantic League.

2012 Season Statistics

Justin Cassel: 2-5, 3.11 ERA, 11 starts, 63.2 innings, 49 Ks, 21 BBs

Virgil Vasquez: 4-4, 5.23 ERA, 14 starts, 86.0 innings, 48 Ks, 23 BBs

Be sure to follow the Patriots on twitter @SOMPatriots for immediate updates. Listen to play-by-play voice Justin Antweil broadcast the game starting at 6:35pm on 1450 AM WCTC or www.wctcam.com.

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