Today’s Game Preview: Thursday, July 5th

Today’s Game:

Somerset Patriots (35-27) @ Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (25-37)
Game #63 * Thursday, July 5th * 6:35 pm * Regency Furniture Stadium * Waldorf, MD
On The Air: 1450 WCTC; WCTCam.com Twitter: @SOMPatriots @MarcSchwartz26 @8oyle
Series at a Glance
Monday (6:35 pm) SOM def. SMD 4-0; Kyle Davies 5.2 shutout IP; 4-run 4th inning capped by Fransoso’s 2-run single
Tuesday (6:35 pm) SOM def. SMD 6-2; Kubiak 7 IP, 1 R, 8 K; Fransoso with bases-clearing triple in 4-run 6th inning
Wednesday (6:35 pm) SOM def. SMD 6-4; Patriots clinch 1st half title; Dudley 5 TB, 3 RBI; Roller 7th HR; Kelly 10th SV
Thursday (6:35 pm) SOM [LHP] Rick Teasley (3-3, 3.48 ERA) @ SMD [RHP] Paul Clemens (1-4, 4.68 ERA)
Click here to view today’s complete game note: GAME NOTES 7.5.18

FIRST PLACE BEST PLACE: Somerset has at least shared first place every day this season and have been alone in first for 64-straight days. The Patriots held at least a share of first place for 72-straight days in the first half last year.
1ST HALF LIBERTY DIVISION CHAMPIONS: The Patriots have clinched their 7th half division title under manager Brett Jodie. It marks the team’s Atlantic League-record 19th half championship in franchise history. Somerset is now guaranteed a spot in the postseason set to begin on Wednesday, Sept. 19th.
HEY NOW, YOU’RE AN ALL-STAR: The Patriots had five players selected to represent the Liberty Division at the 2018 Atlantic League All-Star Game. Returning All-Stars LHP Duane Below and RHP Cory Riordan are joined by first-year All-Stars OF Julio Borbon, SS Alfredo Rodriguez and IF/OF Mike Fransoso.
HOT ROD: Alfredo Rodriguez has reached base safely in 17-straight games, with hits in 14 of 17. It’s the longest on-base streak on the team this year. He is 20-for-59 (.339) with eight runs and five RBI over this stretch.
ME AND JULIO: OF Julio Borbon is on an 11-game on-base streak, over which he is 15-for-49 (.306) with two home runs, six steals, five RBI, and eight runs. He has reached base in 31 of his last 33 games, is second in the league in doubles (16), third in runs (39), steals (19), and hits (69) and ranks 12th in hitting (.301).
SASSY MASSEY: IF Craig Massey has a hit in nine of 11 and has reached base safely in 13 of last 15. He is 20-for-58 (.345) over this stretch. Massey is 6 PA shy of qualifying amongst league leaders (has 161 PA, needs 167), but his .441 OBP and .338 BA would otherwise lead the league and rank second, respectively.
NUMBAH ONE: Mike Fransoso has reached base safely in nine-straight games and 16 of his last 17 games. He is batting .394 (13-33) with three runs, three extra base hits, three walks and eight RBI his last nine games. His .416 on-base percentage ranks third in the league, while his .317 average ranks fifth.
STARTING TO SMASH: Kyle Roller has six home runs, 10 walks, 10 runs, 11 RBI and has increased his slugging percentage from .255 to .385 over his last 16 games. All seven of his team-leading seven home runs have come since 5/31.
INSANE DUANE: LHP Duane Below has allowed six runs over his last 24.2 IP (2.19 ERA) and ranks third in the league in BAA (.211) and WHIP (0.99), fourth in BB/9 (1.59) and sixth in ERA (3.20). He has won three-straight decisions.
RIORDAN ROARIN’: RHP Cory Riordan leads the league in IP (74.1), ranks third in K (57), second in BB/9 (1.21), and sixth in ERA (3.27). He has three 8+ strikeout games over his last five games. Riordan has struck out 31 batters against just three walks in 31 innings of work over this five-game stretch.
THE ROOSTER: Aaron Dudley (@RoosterDudley) has turned it on in his last four games, hitting .375 (6-16) with four extra-base hits, four RBI, and a run scored, bringing his average from .221 to .237 and his slugging from .324 to .362.
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