Waldorf, MD – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (26-24, 64-56) visit the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (23-26, 49-70) for the first game of a four game midweek series. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. from Regency Furniture Stadium. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. The Patriots are 13-3 against the Blue Crabs the year and are 53-20 (.726) in the Brett Jodie Era which dates back to the start of the 2013 season. Tonight marks the first game of a seven game nonstop road trip.
There are 20 games to go in the season. Somerset is up 0.5 games on Bridgeport in the Liberty Division race while Long Island is 3.0 games back and New Britain is 4.0 games back. The Skeeters lead the Revs by 3.0 games in the Freedom race.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Righty Donovan Hand (4-6, 5.00 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while southpaw Brian Burres (9-8, 3.01 ERA) will toss for Southern Maryland.
Last night Scott Kelly clubbed his first career home run. He finished a triple shy of the cycle. The 25 year old is in his third year with the Patriots. He was playing in his 219th professional game and had amassed 156 hits in his career prior to the majestic blast.
Patience Is A Virtue
The Patriots have drawn 75 more walks than the next closest team in the league
LaHair Hammering Competition
Bryan LaHair is second in the Atlantic League in RBI with 78. He bats .350 with RISP and .380 with two outs and RISP.
Eggs Sunny Side Up
Aharon Eggleston has hit safely in 29 of his last 31 games. He is in the midst of a 14 game hitting streak which establishes a season-high. During the streak he is batting .397. He has the fourth best batting average in the Atlantic League at .321
David Vidal leads the Atlantic League in home runs with 21. That’s also a career-high.
Guz Is The Man
In August, Carlos Guzman is batting .337 with 4 HRs and 16 RBI
Somerset has swiped the most bases in the league with 153. That’s 23 more than the next closest team. Scott Kelly is third in the league with 35. Eric Farris is sixth in the league with 25.
Kyle Roller has homered in two straight games
Jim Miller, the former big leaguer with the Yankees, Orioles, Rockies and A’s, has yet to allow an earned run in 18 relief appearances (17.2 innings). He has 20 Ks and 1 BBs.
Kyler Newby had a 4.46 ERA last year but this year his ERA is 2.23
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