Bridgewater, NJ – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (30-23) host the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (19-32) 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 5-2 against Southern Maryland this year. In the Brett Jodie Era (since start of 2013) the Patriots are 45-19 against the Blue Crabs which is good for a .703 winning percentage.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Lefty Jeremy Horst (4-2, 3.85 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while righty hurler Tim Sexton (1-1, 6.37 ERA) will toss for Southern Maryland.
With 17 games remaining, the Ducks lead the Patriots by 0.5 games in the Liberty Division race. Somerset’s lead was as many as 6.0 games. The Patriots do indeed own the tiebreaker. Tonight the Ducks host the Barnstormers at 6:35 p.m.
Patriots’ pitchers have struck out 52 batters the last four games. They have tallied double digits in strikeouts four straight games (13, 15, 14, 10)
Last night Eric Farris’ blasted his first home run of the season. It took him 29 starts and 221 plate appearances
LaHair Hammering Opposition
Bryan LaHair is 10-for-16 during his five game hitting streak. He has 3 HRs, 7 BBs, 8 RBI.
Time To Grind
From June 11th to July 9th the Somerset Patriots do not have an off day. They are playing 30 straight games to close the first half.
Eggs Sunny Side Up
Aharon Eggleston has hit safely in 16 of his last 17 games.
Somerset has swiped the most bases in the league with 77. That’s 24 more than the next closest team. Scott Kelly leads the league with 21. Mycal Jones is second in league with 17.
Patience Is A Virtue
The Patriots have drawn 29 more walks than the next closest team in the league
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