Bridgewater, NJ – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (3-2, 89-50) battle the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (3-1, 69-71) in Game One of the Atlantic League Championship Best-of-Five Series. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. from TD Bank Ballpark. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. The Patriots repeated as Half Title Winners while the Blue Crabs won the First Half Freedom Division Title. The Patriots are searching for their sixth Atlantic League Championship while the Blue Crabs are looking for their first. This is a rematch of the 2009 Atlantic League Championship Series where the Patriots won 3-1.
The game will be broadcasted via SPN.TV
Starting Pitching Matchup
Righty Mickey Storey (12-3, 2.53 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow righty hurler Daryl Thompson (7-7, 3.86 ERA) will toss for Southern Maryland. Storey started Game Two in the first round series and earned a no decision going 7.1 innings while allowing four runs. Thompson started Game One in the first round series and hurled one of the best performances in Atlantic League history. Complete game two hit shutout on 140 pitches striking out 11 walking none.
Long Time No See
This is the first meeting between these two squads since July 26th. The Patriots went 8-5 in the regular season against the Blue Crabs
Same Old Storey
Mickey Storey is 7-0 with a 2.38 ERA in his last eight starts. Against Southern Maryland in regular season he boasted a 1.59 ERA in three starts
Michael Burgess was the offensive star in the first round for Somerset. He hit .444 with 2 HRs, 2 intentional walks, 2 outfield assists and 6 RBI
Turn Around Bright Eyes
After hitting .188 in the 2013 postseason, Aharon Eggleston is hitting .462 this postseason. He has 1 HR, 2 RBI and 5 runs scored
Owning Crustacean Nation
In the Brett Jodie Era Somerset is 37-16 against Southern Maryland good for a .699 winning percentage
Timely Two Out Hitting
14 of the Patriots 21 runs have occurred with two outs. They are hitting .316 with two outs and runners in scoring position
Raking In The Field
In 18 starts including the postseason, Matt Fields has 16 RBI and 6 HRs
After not tallying a hit in Games 1 through 4, Greg Hopkins picked up a multi-hit game in Game 5 of the first round series.
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.