Bridgewater, NJ – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (12-5, 62-25) host the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (7-9, 49-37) for the final game of a three game weekend series. The Patriots are in sweep mode while the Blue Crabs are in salvage mode. The Blue Crabs won the First Half Freedom Division Championship. First pitch is scheduled for 5:05 p.m. from TD Bank Ballpark. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. Somerset is 8-4 against Southern Maryland this year. In the Brett Jodie Era the Patriots are 37-15 against Crustacean Nation. This is the final meeting between these two clubs in the regular season.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Righty Mickey Storey (5-2, 2.76 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while southpaw Brian Burres (3-6, 3.70 ERA) will toss for Southern Maryland
Eggs Sunny Side Up
All-Star Aharon Eggleston snapped his 20 game hitting streak last night. He has hit safely in 28 of his last 30 ball games. That was the longest hitting streak by any Atlantic League player this season.
Happy 30th Birthday to Mat Gamel
The Patriots have won eight games in a row. They have established a new high-water mark of being 37 games above .500
Start Me Up
The Patriots starting pitchers have allowed two earned runs or fewer and pitched at least six innings in eight straight games
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 three games
Andino The Bambino
Robert Andino has a eight game hitting streak and has six multi-hit games over that stretch. He hit .186 in May, .276 in June, .347 in July
The Patriots have already played 13 extra inning games and have 18 wins in their final at bat including nine walk-off wins
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