Bridgewater, NJ – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (11-5, 61-25) host the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (7-8, 49-36) for the second game of a three game weekend series. The Blue Crabs won the First Half Freedom Division Championship. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. from TD Bank Ballpark. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. Somerset is 7-4 against Southern Maryland this year. In the Brett Jodie Era the Patriots are 36-15 against Crustacean Nation.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Lefty Matt Zielinski (6-1, 2.43 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while righty hurler Brian Grening (3-6, 4.93 ERA) will toss for Southern Maryland
Eggs Sunny Side Up
All-Star Aharon Eggleston is in the midst of a season-high 20 game hitting streak and has hit safely in 28 of his last 29 ball games. That is the longest hitting streak by any Atlantic League player this season. The longest hitting streak ever accomplished by a Patriots player was 27 done by Billy Hall in 2005. The longest hitting streak ever accomplished in league history was 31 done by Chris Ashby of York in 2008.
The Patriots are 7-0 in Matt Zielinski’s last seven starts
The Patriots have won seven games in a row. They have established a new high-water mark of being 36 games above .500
The Patriots boast the best record in the Atlantic League and have secured a postseason bid for the third consecutive season and for the 12th time in the franchise’s 18 years of existence. The Patriots are 1st Half Liberty Division Champions.
The Patriots have established an Atlantic League record for most wins in a single half with 50. The previous high was 48 done once by the 2005 Atlantic City Surf and once by the 2013 Sugar Land Skeeters.
Cut Above The Rest
David Vidal has seven RBI in his last two games
Mat Is Back
Matt Gamel has 10 RBI in his last 9 games
Andino The Bambino
Robert Andino has a seven game hitting streak and has six multi-hit games over that stretch. He hit .186 in May, .276 in June, .352 in July
The Patriots have already played 13 extra inning games and have 17 wins in their final at bat including nine walk-off wins
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