Bridgewater, NJ – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (22-16, 69-39) host the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (20-18, 49-59) for the first game of a three game midweek series. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. from TD Bank Ballpark. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. Somerset is 10-4 against Crustacean Nation this year.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Lefty David Purcey (2-0, 2.12 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while righty hurler Gaby Hernandez (4-8, 5.44 ERA) takes the hill for the Crabs.
The Somerset Patriots have lost three games in a row for the first time since May 3rd to May 6th. They were just swept for the first time all season in a series.
Somerset has only smacked one home run over its last five games
Brian Barden and Corey Smith are each in the midst of six game hitting streaks
The Patriots have 33 come from behind wins, 16 wins in their final at bat and seven walk-off wins this year
Closer Jon Hunton leads the Atlantic League with 37 saves. That’s nine more than anyone else in the league. He has only blown two saves since June 1st. Hunton is one save away from breaking the single season Patriots record for most saves in a year and Hunton is four saves away from breaking the Atlantic League record for most saves in a year.
The Somerset Patriots are the 2014 1st Half Liberty Division Champions! This is their 13th Half Title in franchise history as the Patriots are going to the playoffs for some serious September baseball! The Patriots have elected to take the back three games of the first round series at home so they will open up the postseason on the road. Tickets are on sale by calling 908-252-0700.
The Patriots are trying to repeat as half division title winners. They currently lead the 2nd Half Liberty Division standings by 5.0 games over Long Island.
The Patriots are 58-9 when they score four runs or more but only 11-30 when they score three runs or fewer.
Walk This Way
As an offense Somerset has drawn the most walks in the Atlantic League (374)
Lucky Number Seven
The Patriots are 47-2 when they lead after seven innings
New to our media network this week is an episode of Patriots Legacy and Covering All The Bases. The next SPN.TV live stream game will be on Wednesday, August 20th.
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. eastern on 1450 AM WCTC or www.wctcam.com.