Waldorf, MD – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (36-18, 82-42) visit the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (21-34, 58-66) for the second game of a four game wrap around Labor Day Weekend series. First pitch from Regency Furniture Stadium will be at 6:35 p.m. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. The Patriots are 14-3 against Southern Maryland and dating back to last year the Pats are 28-9 against Crustacean Nation.
Somerset won the opener in convincing fashion 11-3 as they pounded out 19 hits as a squad. The following are audio highlights courtesy of WCTC…
Audio clip of Cory Aldridge’s RBI double
Audio clip of Jonny Tucker’s two RBI triple
Audio clip of Aharon Eggleston’s RBI triple
Audio clip of Corey Smith’s mammoth home run
Audio clip of Jorge Cortes’ homer off the foul pole
Audio clip of Eggleston’s two RBI single which was part of a four hit performance
Starting Pitching Matchup
Lefty Roy Merritt (2-2, 2.58 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow southpaw Wade Korpi (3-6, 5.00 ERA) will take the hill for the Crabs.
The Patriots magic number to clinch the postseason is 5 (any combination of Sugar Land wins and/or Lancaster losses). The Patriots look to make the playoffs for the first time since 2010.
The Patriots have won 32 of their last 39 games, 20 of their last 23, 17 of their last 19 games, 10 of last 11 and four in a row. Somerset has won six consecutive series. Currently at high-water mark of being 40 games above .500.
The Patriots lead the Barnstormers by 16.5 games in the wild card. The Patriots trail the Skeeters by 3.5 games in the second half Freedom Division race.
The Somerset Patriots have not lost back-to-back games since July 19th & July 21st
Offensive Fire Power
The Patriots have scored the most runs in the Atlantic League (672)
The Patriots bullpen has thrown 84.1 innings in the month of August and only allowed 17 runs. That’s good for a microscopic 1.82 ERA.
The Patriots are 69-15 when they score four or more runs. The Patriots are 13-27 when they score 3 or fewer runs.
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 6:35 p.m. on 1450 AM WCTC or www.wctcam.com.