Bridgewater, NJ – Happy Father’s Day! Today the Somerset Patriots (32-23) host the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (19-34) for the final game of a three game midweek series. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. from TD Bank Ballpark. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. Somerset is in sweep mode while Southern Maryland is in salvage mode. Somerset is 7-2 against Southern Maryland this year. In the Brett Jodie Era (since start of 2013) the Patriots are 47-19 against the Blue Crabs which is good for a .712 winning percentage. 15,988 have attended the first two games.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Lefty Darin Gorski (4-2, 4.30 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow southpaw Brian Burres (4-4, 3.41 ERA) will toss for Southern Maryland.
With 15 games remaining, the Patriots lead the Ducks by 1.0 games in the Liberty Division race. Somerset’s lead was as many as 6.0 games. The Patriots do indeed own the tiebreaker. The Ducks host the Barnstormers for an afternoon contest.
Somerset is looking for its first sweep since April 28 – May 1 when they swept the Barnstormers at Clipper Magazine Stadium the third series of the year.
Patriots’ pitchers have struck out 66 batters the last six games. They have tallied double digits in strikeouts five of last six games.
Guz Is The Man
During his season-high eight game hitting streak Carlos Guzman has raised his batting average from .199 to .246. He is 14-for-29 (.482) with 9 RBI and 4 SBs.
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 18 of his last 19 games.
Somerset has swiped the most bases in the league with 83. That’s 27 more than the next closest team. Scott Kelly leads the league with 22. Mycal Jones is second in league with 18.
Patience Is A Virtue
The Patriots have drawn 28 more walks than the next closest team in the league
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