Waldorf, MD – Happy Birthday America! Tonight the Somerset Patriots (38-32) host the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (26-43) for the first game of a three game midweek series. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. form Regency Furniture Stadium. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. Somerset is 8-2 against Southern Maryland this year. Tonight marks the start of the second half of the season as a fresh slate of 70 games is underway. Six teams look to secure the other two playoff slots.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Righty Donovan Hand (2-1, 4.18 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while southpaw Brian Burres (5-4, 3.06 ERA) will toss for Bridgeport.
Owning Crustacean Nation
In the Brett Jodie Era the Patriots are 48-19 against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (.716 winning percentage)
Aharon Eggleston turns 35 years old today and Will Oliver turns 29 years old today
Recap In A Snap
Last night Vinny Zarrillo was playing in his 87th career professional baseball game and he slugged his first career home run. The long ball happened to be a walk-off home run. It was Somerset’s second straight walk-off win. Here’s the audio clip of the call courtesy of WCTC.
Making Them Count
Of David Vidal’s last 9 hits, 7 are for extra bases.
Eric Farris has tallied 13 hits in his last five games (13 for his last 24 so .542 BA). He has four multi-hit games over that span.
Jon Hunton is 9-for-9 in his last nine save opportunities
Eggs Sunny Side Up
Aharon Eggleston leads the team in batting average at .309 which is good for 5th best in league
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.
Somerset has swiped the most bases in the league with 102. That’s 30 more than the next closest team. Scott Kelly leads and Mycal Jones are tied for second in the league with 24.
Patience Is A Virtue
The Patriots have drawn 39 more walks than the next closest team in the league
Extra Extra Reid All About It
In 11 appearances as a Patriot, Ryan Reid has yielded zero earned runs (11.1 innings). He is 14 months removed from Tommy John surgery.
My Rewards Code
Download the Somerset Patriots App in the App Store on your mobile device or tablet. In the top left corner go to the drop down menu then select My Rewards. Today’s Game Notes secret code is “Uncle Sam” so type Uncle Sam and click submit and you can earn free rewards points. You can win prizes throughout the season by amassing rewards points.
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 Patriots in the App Store on your phone or tablet.