Bridgewater, NJ – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (19-17, 57-49) host the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (14-21, 40-65) for the final game of a three game weekend series. Somerset is in sweep mode while Southern Maryland is in salvage mode. The Patriots have won four in a row. First pitch is scheduled for 5:05 p.m. from TD Bank Ballpark. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. The Patriots are 13-2 against the Blue Crabs this season. In the Brett Jodie Era the Patriots are 53-19 (.736) against Crustacean Nation.
The Ducks lead the Patriots by 1.0 game in Liberty race. The Revs lead the Skeeters by 0.5 games in the Freedom race.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Righty Shaun Garceau (3-3, 4.17 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow right hander Gaby Hernandez (3-8, 5.00 ERA) will toss for Southern Maryland.
Since the All-Star Break, Shaun Garceau is 1-0 with a 2.99 ERA in four starts. He faces the team that released him earlier this year
The Patriots have scored at least one run in the first inning in 9 of their last 10 games
During the last nine games, Somerset scored 67 runs, totaled 105 hits and drew 41 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 53 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 21 of his last 24 games. He is batting .328 with 44 RBI. He hit .259 last year.
LaHair Hammering Competition
Bryan LaHair is third in the Atlantic League in RBI with 64.
In his first 15 games with Somerset Kyle Roller had four RBI, but in his last five games with Somerset Kyle Roller has eight RBI
Jon Hunton is 22-for-23 in his last 23 save opportunities. His has blown one save since May 21st. He is tied for the league lead in saves with 29.
Somerset has swiped the most bases in the league with 137. That’s 22 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 10 relief appearances
Guz Is The Man
Carlos Guzman reached safely in 20 of his 38 plate appearances. He hits .415 with 2 HRs and 12 RBI against Crabs pitching this year.
Patience Is A Virtue
The Patriots have drawn 51 more walks than the next closest team in the league
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