Waldorf, MD – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (5-3, 89-50) battle the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (4-3, 69-71) in Game Four of the Atlantic League Championship Best-of-Five Series. The series is 2-1 in favor of Somerset. The Patriots are one win away from their first Championship in six years which is their longest title drought in franchise history. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. from Regency Furniture Stadium. 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.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Lefty Roy Merritt (8-6, 2.88 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while righty hurler Tim Sexton (1-1, 3.53 ERA) will toss for Southern Maryland. Both starting pitchers won the clinching games in each of their squad’s first round series.
Game One Synopsis
Blue Crabs Top Patriots 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.
Game Two Synopsis
Somerset defeats Southern Maryland 7-2. Will Oliver dazzled giving up two runs on four hits in seven strong innings of work. He struck out eight and walked one. Greg Hopkins tallied three RBI. David Vidal scratched across two RBI.
Game Three Synopsis
Patriots power past Blue Crabs 7-3. Matt Fields’ pounded two different two run homers while the bullpen tossed 2.2 scoreless innings. Nate Spears went 3-for-3 with a walk.
Roy Merritt has a 1.23 ERA against the Blue Crabs in three starts this year. This will be Merritt’s sixth career postseason start with Somerset.
Michael Burgess has been the offensive star. He is hitting .391 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 .350 this postseason. He has 2 HR and 3 RBI. His is OBP is .567.
Owning Crustacean Nation
In the Brett Jodie Era Somerset is 39-17 against Southern Maryland good for a .696 winning percentage
Timely Two Out Hitting
22 of the Patriots 38 runs have occurred with two outs. That’s 58%
Raking In The Field
In 21 starts including the postseason, Matt Fields has 20 RBI and 8 HRs
Greg Hopkins began the postseason 0-for-14 but is 5-for-15 since the sluggish start
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