Bridgewater, NJ – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (3-3, 89-50) battle the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (4-1, 69-71) in Game Two of the Atlantic League Championship Best-of-Five Series. The Blue Crabs lead the series 1-0. 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 Will Oliver (6-2, 3.16 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while southpaw Brian Burress (8-9, 3.98 ERA) will toss for Southern Maryland. Facing elimination in Game Four against the Ducks, Oliver hurled a masterpiece tossing a complete game four hit shutout. Burress is a former big leaguer with the Orioles and picked up the loss in Game Two of first round set against Lancaster.
Game One Synopsis
Blue Crabs Top Somerset 7-3. Fred Lewis broke the 2-2 tie in the top of the fifth inning with a three run homer to right field that gave the Blue Crabs a lead they would never relinquish.
Splits Say It All
In five home starts Will Oliver is 5-0 with a 0.82 ERA. In five road starts Will Oliver is 2-2 with a 4.80 ERA
Michael Burgess has been the offensive star. He is hitting .409 with 3 HRs, 2 intentional walks, 2 outfield assists and 7 RBI
Turn Around Bright Eyes
After hitting .188 in the 2013 postseason, Aharon Eggleston is hitting .375 this postseason. He has 1 HR, 2 RBI and 5 runs scored
Owning Crustacean Nation
In the Brett Jodie Era Somerset is 37-17 against Southern Maryland good for a .685 winning percentage
Timely Two Out Hitting
17 of the Patriots 24 runs have occurred with two outs. That’s 71%
Raking In The Field
In 19 starts including the postseason, Matt Fields has 16 RBI and 6 HRs
Greg Hopkins began the postseason 0-for-14 but is 4-for-8 since the sluggish start
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.