Waldorf, MD – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (12-6) travel to battle the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (13-7) for the first game of a four game wrap around weekend series. Both squads are red hot as the Patriots have won four in a row while the Blue Crabs have won eight in a row. Somerset is 2-1 against Southern Maryland this season. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. from Regency Furniture Stadium. Download today’s comprehensive game notes.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Righty Lucas Irvine (1-2, 1.80 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow righty hurler Brian Grening (1-0, 5.19 ERA) will toss for Southern Maryland.
Flare For The Dramatics
The Patriots have six wins in their final at bat through their first 18 games including four walk-off wins
Last year Daryle Ward played for Somerset now he is on Southern Maryland. Last year James Skelton played for Southern Maryland now he is on Somerset
The Patriots boast the best team ERA in the Atlantic League at 1.56. That’s better than a whole run compared to the next closest team. Pitching Coach Cory Domel has done an excellent job.
About Grand Time
Catcher Adam Donachie clubbed a Grand Slam on Thursday. It was Somerset’s first four run home run since Luis Montanez pounded one in Long Island in May of 2013.
Nate Spears is in the midst of a six game hitting streak
The Somerset bullpen has been outstanding as they have logged 57.1 innings and allowed seven earned runs good for a 1.10 ERA.
Setting The Tone
The Patriots are 9-1 this year when they score first
The Patriots are 6-0 when the smack a home run
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Utility player Greg Hopkins only has five hits this year yet three of them are for extra bases.
They are 8-2 in games decided by two runs or less
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.