Bridgewater, NJ – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (18-17, 56-49) host the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (14-20, 40-64) for the second game of a three game weekend series. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. from TD Bank Ballpark. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. Somerset won last night as they led wire-to-wire. The final was 10-2 as David Vidal, Kyle Roller and Carlos Guzman all slugged homers. Scott Kelly notched a career-high with four hits. The Patriots are 12-2 against the Blue Crabs this season. In the Brett Jodie Era the Patriots are 52-19 (.732) against Crustacean Nation.
The Ducks lead the Bluefish by 1.5 games and Ducks lead Somerset by 2.0 games in Liberty race. The Skeeters lead the Revs by 0.5 games in the Freedom race.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Righty Donovan Hand (3-4, 4.95 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow right hander Brian Burres (8-6, 2.70 ERA) will toss for Southern Maryland.
The Patriots have scored at least one run in the first inning in eight of their last nine games
During the last eight games, Somerset scored 60 runs, totaled 93 hits and drew 39 walks. They scored at least five runs in every one of those games.
A Cut Above The Rest
In 124 games last year, David Vidal had 12 HRs. In 52 games this year, David Vidal has 18 HRs. That is second most in the league. Vidal missed 53 games with a quad injury. He has hit safely in 20 of his last 23 games. He is batting .332 with 44 RBI. He hit .259 last year.
LaHair Hammering Competition
Bryan LaHair is tied for third in the Atlantic League in RBI with 62.
In his first 15 games with Somerset Kyle Roller had four RBI, but in his last four games with Somerset Kyle Roller has eight RBI
Jon Hunton is 21-for-22 in his last 22 save opportunities. His has blown one save since May 21st. He is second in the league in saves with 28.
Somerset has swiped the most bases in the league with 137. That’s 23 more than the next closest team. Scott Kelly is third in the league with 29. Eric Farris is fifth in the league with 25.
Jim Miller, the former big leaguer with the Yankees, Orioles, Rockies and A’s, has yet to allow an earned run in nine relief appearances
Guz Is The Man
Carlos Guzman reached safely in 19 of his 34 plate appearances. He hits .432 with 2 HRs and 12 RBI against Crabs pitching this year.
Patience Is A Virtue
The Patriots have drawn 55 more walks than the next closest team in the league
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