Bridgewater, NJ – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (31-23) host the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (19-33) for the second game of a three game midweek series. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. from TD Bank Ballpark. There will video of the game via SPN.TV. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. Somerset is 6-2 against Southern Maryland this year. In the Brett Jodie Era (since start of 2013) the Patriots are 46-19 against the Blue Crabs which is good for a .708 winning percentage. Somerset blanked Southern Maryland in the series opener 7-0 in front of a season-high 8,071 fans.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Righty Donovan Hand (0-1, 4.26 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while southpaw Scott Snodgress (1-4, 5.68 ERA) will toss for Southern Maryland.
With 16 games remaining, the Ducks lead the Patriots by 0.5 games in the Liberty Division race. Somerset’s lead was as many as 6.0 games. The Patriots do indeed own the tiebreaker. The Ducks host the Barnstormers for a day-night doubleheader today.
Patriots’ pitchers have struck out 63 batters the last five games. They have tallied double digits in strikeouts five straight games (13, 15, 14, 10, 11)
Guz Is The Man
During his season-high seven game hitting streak Carlos Guzman has raised his batting average from .199 to .240. He is 12-for-25 with 6 RBI and 4 SBs.
LaHair Hammering Opposition
Bryan LaHair is 10-for-16 during his five game hitting streak. He has 3 HRs, 7 BBs, 8 RBI.
Time To Grind
From June 11th to July 9th the Somerset Patriots do not have an off day. They are playing 30 straight games to close the first half.
Eggs Sunny Side Up
Aharon Eggleston has hit safely in 17 of his last 18 games.
Somerset has swiped the most bases in the league with 82. That’s 28 more than the next closest team. Scott Kelly leads the league with 21. Mycal Jones is second in league with 18.
Patience Is A Virtue
The Patriots have drawn 27 more walks than the next closest team in the league
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