Bridgewater, NJ – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (11-0) host the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (2-8) in the first game of a four game midweek series. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. from TD Bank Ballpark. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. The Patriots boast the best record in the league while the Blue Crabs are in the cellar. This is a rematch of last year’s Championship Series and the 2009 Championship Series.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Righty Mickey Storey (0-0, 4.50 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow righty hurler Shaun Garceau (0-1, 5.68 ERA) will toss for Southern Maryland.
Survival of Fittest
The Patriots are off to the best start by a team in Atlantic League history. They have rattled off 11 straight wins to usher in 2016. The previous record was York winning seven straight to start 2011.
Somerset has five come from behind wins this season. Twice they have erased three run deficits. They have four one-run wins and three extra inning wins.
Sharing The Wealth
Somerset has spanked nine home runs by seven different players
Patriots bullpen this year: 48.2 innings logged and 9 earned runs which is good for a 1.68 ERA
Patriots pitchers, led by fourth year Pitching Coach Cory Domel, have the No. 1 ERA in the Atlantic League at 2.45. They have also surrendered the fewest walks at 29.
The Patriots lead the Atlantic League in stolen bases at 19
Trayvon Robinson is in the midst of a team-high eight game hitting streak. Aharon Eggleston is in the midst of a seven game hitting streak.
Jon Hunton, entering his 5th year with the Patriots, is four saves away from becoming the all-time saves leader in Atlantic League history. He currently has 131. Jim Ed Warden, formerly of Southern Maryland, holds the mark with 134.
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. Download the free new Patriots App by searching Somerset Patirots in the App Store on your phone or tablet.