Bridgewater, NJ – Tonight at 7:05pm from TD Bank Ballpark, the Somerset Patriots (3-4) host the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (5-2) in a three game weekend series. This will be the first of 20 meetings between these two squads this year.
For a comprehensive look at all the game trends, matchups and statistics, download tonight’s May 4th Game Notes.
The Blue Crabs are coming off a three game sweep of the Sugar Land Skeeters and have won four games in a row overall. They are currently tied with the Bridgeport Bluefish for best record in the Liberty Division. The Patriots are coming off back-to-back wins for the first time this year. The Patriots won Wednesday and Thursday against the Lancaster Barnstormers in dramatic fashion. Wednesday the Patriots overcame a four run deficit in the 8th inning and a two run deficit in the 9thinning to win 7-6. Thursday the Patriots won in extra innings 3-2 to win the rubber game of the series.
Outfielder Johnny Drennen. Drennen has been nothing but clutch this week. On Wednesday he hit a two-run home run to tie the game at 6-6 in the ninth inning. On Thursday he hit a solo home run to give the Patriots a 3-2 edge in the 10th inning.
Who’s Not Hot…
Third baseman Jeff Nettles. Nettles is just 2-for-25 through the first seven games of 2012.
Tonight’s pitching matchup features Patriots southpaw Roy Merritt vs. righty Ben Moore of the Blue Crabs.
Last Time Out…
Roy Merritt: 4.2 innings, 2 runs, 7 hits, 2 walks, 4 strikeouts. Received a no decision.
Ben Moore: 7 innings, 1 runs, 7 hits, 0 walks, 6 strikeouts. Registered the win.
Career Minor League Statistics…
Roy Merritt: 13-14, 3.83 ERA, 206 games (5 starts), 242 Ks, 94 BBs.
Ben Moore: 70-53, 4.29 ERA, 204 games (138 starts), 835 Ks, 286 BBs
The first 2,000 fans in attendance to tonight’s game receive a free 15th Year Anniversary Somerset Patriots Commemorative T-Shirt. Gates open at 6:00pm.