Today’s Game Preview: Sunday, August 20th

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Somerset Patriots (20-21, 62-49) @ Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (16-25, 55-56)

Game #112 * Sunday, August 20th * 2:05 pm ET * Regency Furniture Stadium * Waldorf, Maryland

On The Air: WCTC-AM 1450; WCTCam.com Twitter: @SOMPatriots @MarcSchwartz26 @ChrisDrabik

Series at a Glance

Saturday (Game One, 5:05 pm) SOM def SMD 3-1; Irvine allows one run w/ six strikeouts over six; Roller w/ two RBI
Saturday (Game Two) SMD def SOM 2-1; Antonini carries no-hitter into 7th; SMD rallies for two runs in the 7th to win
Sunday (2:05 pm) SOM [RHP] David Kubiak (5-10, 3.92 ERA) vs. SMD [RHP] Brian Grening (7-6, 3.43 ERA)

Click here to view today’s complete game notes: GameNotes820

CONGRATS ARE IN ORDER: 15 Patriots have had their contracts purchased in 2017: 11 by MLB organizations. LHPs Jeremy Bleich, Logan Darnell (twice) & Aaron Laffey along w/ RHPs Tyler Cloyd, Ryan Kelly, Vin Mazzaro, Mitch Atkins, INF Tyler Bortnick & OFs Jerry Sands and Christian Marrero had theirs’ purchased this season. LHP Rick Teasley (Taiwan), INF Olmo Rosario (2X, Mexico) and RHP Scott McGregor (Taiwan) also had their contracts’ purchased earlier this season.

MERRY CLINCH-MAS: Having won the first half Liberty Division Championship, the Somerset Patriots have clinched a playoff berth and have now won an Atlantic League-record 18 half championships, including eight first-half championships.

COUNTDOWN TO 1,000: Carlos Guzman is currently just 17 hits away from 1,000 over his professional career (all levels). The second-year Patriot currently leads the team in hits (92), at-bats (364), games (96) and ranks 2nd in RBI (49).

ABOVE AVERAGE: Justin Pacchioli ranks T-second in the Atlantic League in steals (33), fifth in OBP (.388), eighth in runs (57) and 11th in batting (.290). Added, he has hit safely in 15 of 23 games and a run scored in 13 of his last 24.

KEEP THE GOOD TIMES ROLLIN’: Kyle Roller has reached base in 14 of his last 18 games (hits in 11-of-18). Over that stretch, Roller has six home runs and 21 RBI. Despite just 65 games this year, he ranks T-fifth in the league in home runs (18), 10th in RBI (58) and would lead the league in SLG (.599) if qualified.

IT’S A TRAPP: Justin Trapp has reached base in 10 of 12 games, including hits in 8-of-12. Over this stretch, Trapp is 15-for-38 (.395) with five 2B, seven walks, nine runs and 11 RBI. He has also reached base in 17 of his 22 starts.

TRUST THE FORCE, LUKE: RHP Lucas Irvine earned his team-leading eighth win of the year on 8/19. Six of his last eight starts have been quality starts, yielding two runs or less in seven of his last eight. He is 4-1 over this stretch with a 2.26 ERA (12 ER over 47.2 IP), lowering his ERA from 4.91 to 3.76.

ALL ANTOL-IN: RHP Dustin Antolin has yet to give up an earned run since joining the Patriots. The former Toronto Blue Jay has spanned 12.0 innings in 11 total appearances, striking out 18 batters compared to just one walk.

MAJOR LEAGUE BULLPEN: Somerset has six relievers (Achter, Antolin, Below, Molleken & Newby) with service in the Majors. Additionally, four of them (Achter, Antolin, Hessler and Molleken) appeared in the Majors during the 2016 season.

ANTONINI SHINES: LHP Mike Antonini has impressed over his first five starts in Somerset, yielding just three runs over 23.0 IP (1.13 ERA). Additionally, he has allowed just five walks so far against 27 strikeouts, including a team-high August 13th and a no-hitter through six innings August 19th.

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TOP 20: All season long, the Somerset Patriots will be unveiling their Top 20 players in franchise history. IF Emiliano Escandon was just named the fifth greatest Patriot of all time. Follow along all season to find out who will join him!

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