Bridgewater, NJ – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (12-13, 58-37) host the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (12-15, 49-47) for the first game a three game weekend series. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. from TD Bank Ballpark. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. The Patriots are 8-2 against the Blue Crabs thus far on the year.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Righty David Harden (10-2, 3.46 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow righty hurler Gaby Hernandez (5-10, 5.50 ERA) will take the hill for the Blue Crabs.
Somerset has won eight of its last 10 ball games.
Cory Country Strong
Cory Aldridge has smacked four homers over his last 10 ball games. He’s in the midst of a 11 game hitting streak and has hit safely in 15 of his last 16 ball games. For his accomplishments he was just named Atlantic League Player of the Week.
In Jeff Baisley’s first 26 games he was 15-for-93 (.161) with 13 RBI. In Jeff Baisley’s last 14 games he’s 19-for-55 (.345) with 11 RBI.
Start Me Up
The Patriots starting pitchers the last 17 games: 114.1 innings, 92 hits, 36 earned runs (2.84 ERA). The starters have hurled 14 quality starts in that span.
All-Star Eddy Martinez-Esteve leads the Atlantic League in batting average (.344).
Jake Can Rake
Jake Fox leads the Atlantic League in home runs with 22 and RBI with 76.
The Patriots are 50-14 when they score four or more runs. The Patriots are 8-23 when they score 3 or fewer runs.
Be sure to follow the Patriots on twitter @SOMPatriots for immediate updates. Listen the Patriots play-by-play voice Justin Antweil broadcast the game starting at 7:05 p.m. on 1450 AM WCTC or www.wctcam.com.