Waldorf, MD – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (36-28, 83-51) invade Crustacean Nation for the first game of a three game midweek series against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (35-29, 64-70). First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. from Regency Furniture Stadium. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. Somerset is 12-5 against Southern Maryland in 2014.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Righty Josh Lowey (1-0, 3.70 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow righty hurler Ian Marshall (9-9, 4.30 ERA) takes the hill for the Crabs.
Magic Number Is One
The Patriots can clinch the 2nd Half Liberty Division Title tonight with either a win of their own or a Long Island loss to Lancaster.
Jake Can Rake
The Patriots have re-signed the reigning Atlantic League MVP Jake Fox. Last year in 96 games Fox hit .310 with 25 HRs and 82 RBI. The prolific slugger has 211 career minor league home runs.
After not homering at all in the month of August, Daryle Ward has five home runs in the month of September.
The Patriots have 39 come from behind wins, 18 wins in their final at bat and seven walk-off wins this year
Closer Jon Hunton leads the Atlantic League with 47 saves. That’s 19 more than anyone else in the league. Hunton has already set the Atlantic League single season saves record as he broke Mike Guilfoyle’s record of 40 done in 2003 with Bridgeport. Hunton has more saves than Bridgeport and Camden do overall wins.
The Somerset Patriots are the 2014 1st Half Liberty Division Champions! This is their 13th Half Title in franchise history as the Patriots are going to the playoffs for some serious September baseball! The Patriots have elected to take the back three games of the first round series at home so they will open up the postseason on the road. Tickets are on sale by calling 908-252-0700.
The Patriots are 68-15 when they score four runs or more but only 15-36 when they score three runs or fewer.
Walk This Way
As an offense Somerset has drawn the most walks in the Atlantic League (449)
Lucky Number Seven
The Patriots are 58-3 when they lead after seven innings
New to our media network this week is an episode of On The Road in Bridgeport. Our next live stream game will be on Saturday, September 20th against the Bridgeport Bluefish
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. eastern on 1450 AM WCTC or www.wctcam.com.