York, PA – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (31-35) visit the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (30-36) at 7:05 p.m. from Regency Furniture Stadium for the first game of this four game midweek series. This will be the final series of the first half for both clubs. Next week is the All-Star break.
The Patriots have hit the fewest home runs as a team in the Atlantic League with only 39. One of the homers came last night in the 9-2 loss to York. Here is the audio clip of shortstop Yunesky Sanchez’s solo home run which was his third of the season.
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We Have Our Winners
There will be no last minute drama in the Atlantic League as both the Long Island Ducks and Lancaster Barnstormers clinched the Liberty and Freedom Division first half titles respectively.
Owning Crustacean Nation
The Patriots have won four of the six meetings with the Blue Crabs this year.
Patriots’ manager Sparky Lyle is 9 wins away from 1,000 managerial wins in his 15 year Atlantic League career. Patriots third baseman Jeff Nettles is 14 hits away from 1,000 hits in his nine year Atlantic League career.
The Patriots have scored four runs or fewer in 12 of their last 14 games.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Righty Tobi Stoner makes his Patriots debut. He began the year on Bridgeport and was 1-8 with a 7.43 ERA in 11 starts. The Patriots are hoping a change of scenery can turn around his fortunes. The Blue Crabs have yet to name a starter.