Bridgewater, NJ – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (45-16) host the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (34-26) in the second game of a three game weekend series featuring these two first place squads. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. from TD Bank Ballpark. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. The Patriots are 6-2 against the Blue Crabs in 2015 and Somerset is 35-13 against Crustacean Nation in the Brett Jodie Era.
The Patriots have won a season-high 10 games in a row. This is the longest winning streak in franchise history was 15 games in June of 2000.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Righty Lucas Irvine (3-4, 2.35 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow righty hurler Brian Baker (2-4, 4.83 ERA) will toss for Southern Maryland
The Patriots begin the day 4.5 games up on Long Island in the First Half Liberty Division race with 9 games to go. These two squads only play each other three more times in the first half and it’s the final three games (68, 69, 70).
Magic Number = 6
The Magic Number to clinch the 1st Half Liberty Division is six (any combination of Patriots wins and/or Ducks losses)
The Patriots have established a new high-water mark in 2015 by being 29 games above .500
The Patriots have already played 12 extra inning games and have 15 wins in their final at bat including eight walk-off wins
I’ll Take Two
Thomas Neal leads the Atlantic League in doubles (20) and has eight RBI in his last four games
The Patriots have not lost back-to-back games since May 25th & May 27th
Somerset is 11-0-2 in its last 13 series
The Patriots are 25-2 when they smack a home run
Time To Grind
From May 27th to July 5th the Patriots play 40 games in 40 days. Only one scheduled off day during that time frame.
Setting The Tone
The Patriots are 32-4 this year when they score first
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.