Waldorf, MD – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (28-25, 66-57) visit the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (24-28, 50-72) for the final 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 15-4 against the Blue Crabs the year and are 55-21 (.724) in the Brett Jodie Era which dates back to the start of the 2013 season. Somerset has not lost a series to Southern Maryland since September of 2014. The Patriots have taken two of the first three this week.
There are 17 games to go in the season. Somerset is up 0.5 games on Bridgeport in the Liberty Division race while New Britain is 3.0 games back and Long Island is 3.5 games back. The Skeeters lead the Revs by 2.0 games in the Freedom race.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Righty Will Oliver (3-2, 3.67 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow right hander Brian Grening (9-4, 2.82 ERA) will toss for Southern Maryland.
Where There Is A Will, There Is A Way
Will Oliver has yielded three runs or fewer in 11 of his 12 starts
Sunday 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. In August he is batting .324.
RU Ready For Domination
Vinny Zarrillo finished a homer shy of the cycle last night with three RBI. He has six multi-hit games in his last nine contests
Patience Is A Virtue
The Patriots have drawn 76 more walks than the next closest team in the league
Southern Maryland’s first baseman, Zach Wilson, has 7 HRs and 20 RBI in 10 games against Somerset this year.
LaHair Hammering Competition
Bryan LaHair is second in the Atlantic League in RBI with 78. He bats .343 with RISP and .375 with two outs and RISP.
Eggs Sunny Side Up
Aharon Eggleston has hit safely in 30 of his last 33 games. During the last 16 games he is batting .371. He is tied for third best batting average in the Atlantic League at .318
David Vidal is tied for the Atlantic League lead in home runs with 21. That’s also a career-high.
Guz Is The Man
Against Southern Maryland, Carlos Guzman hits .379 with 2 HRs and 14 RBI
Somerset has swiped the most bases in the league with 153. That’s 19 more than the next closest team. Scott Kelly is third in the league with 35. Eric Farris is sixth 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 19 relief appearances (18.2 innings). He has 20 Ks and 1 BBs.
Kyler Newby had a 4.46 ERA last year but this year his ERA is 2.17
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