Waldorf, MD – Today the Somerset Patriots (38-18, 84-42) visit the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (21-36, 58-68) for the final game of a four game wrap around Labor Day Weekend series. First pitch from Regency Furniture Stadium will be at 1:05 p.m. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. Somerset won the first three games of the set outscoring the Crabs by a combined margin of 21-4. The Patriots are 16-3 against Southern Maryland and dating back to last year the Pats are 30-9 against Crustacean Nation.
Somerset won yesterday afternoon 4-1. The following are audio highlights courtesy of WCTC…
Audio clip of Jorge Cortes’ RBI single
Audio clip of Yunesky Sanchez’s two RBI go ahead double
Audio clip of Adam Donachie’s RBI double
Starting Pitching Matchup
Righty Derell McCall (7-0, 3.59 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow righty hurler Gaby Hernandez (5-12, 4.51 ERA) will take the hill for the Crabs.
The Patriots magic number to clinch the postseason is 3 (any combination of Sugar Land wins and/or Lancaster losses). The Patriots look to make the playoffs for the first time since 2010.
The Patriots have won 34 of their last 41 games, 22 of their last 25, 19 of their last 21 games, 12 of last 13 and six in a row. Somerset has won seven consecutive series. Currently at high-water mark of being 42 games above .500.
The Patriots lead the Barnstormers by 17.5 games in the wild card. The Patriots trail the Skeeters by 2.5 games in the second half Freedom Division race.
Jorge Cortes is in the midst of a 12 game hitting streak. Jonny Tucker is in the midst of a 10 game hitting streak.
The Somerset Patriots have not lost back-to-back games since July 19th & July 21st
Offensive Fire Power
The Patriots have scored the most runs in the Atlantic League (682). They also have the best team batting average (.279).
The Patriots bullpen has thrown 88.1 innings in the month of August and only allowed 17 runs. That’s good for a microscopic 1.74 ERA.
The Patriots are 71-15 when they score four or more runs. The Patriots are 13-27 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 1:05 p.m. on 1450 AM WCTC or www.wctcam.com.