Bridgewater, NJ – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (17-8) host the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (11-16) at TD Bank Ballpark for the rubber game of a three game midweek series. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. The Blue Crabs rallied for three runs in the ninth inning last night to prevail 4-3 over the Patriots in the series opener. The Patriots led start to finish as starter Josh Lowey hurled a quality start in route to a 7-4 victory last night.
The follow are audio highlights from last night’s win courtesy of WCTC…
Audio clip of Corey Smith’s RBI double in the 4th inning
Audio clip of Eddy Martinez-Esteve’s RBI single in the 4th inning
Audio clip of Josh Kroeger’s two RBI double in the 7th inning
Starting Pitching Matchup
Righty Paul Phillips (1-1, 2.89 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow righty hurler Daryl Thompson (2-2, 2.92 ERA) will take the hill for the Blue Crabs.
Freedom Division Update
The Sugar Land Skeeters (22-4) currently lead the Freedom Division by 4.5 games over the Patriots.
Better Than Average
The Patriots have four players in the top 12 in the Atlantic League in batting average: Smith (5th .340), Wilson (6th .325), Martinez-Esteve (6th .333), Montanez (10th .317), Fox (12th .315).
Since the start of the 2012 season, the Patriots are 21-8 against the Blue Crabs.
Jake Can Rake
Jake Fox leads the Atlantic League with nine home runs. He also leads the Atlantic League in total bases with 57.
The Patriots are undefeated on Thursdays this season (4-0)
The Patriots are 14-4 when they score four or more runs. The Patriots are 3-4 when they score 3 or fewer runs.
Patience Is A Virtue
The Patriots lead all Atlantic League teams with 100 walks drawn as an offense. Somerset has also issued the fewest walks as a pitching staff giving up only 60 free passes on the year.
Getting Smitty With It
Corey Smith has an 11 game hitting streak.
Be sure to follow the Patriots on twitter @SOMPatriots for immediate updates. Listen the Patriots play-by-play voice Justin Antweil broadcast the game starting at 7:05 p.m. on 1450 AM WCTC or www.wctcam.com.