Bridgewater, NJ – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (17-17, 55-49) host the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (14-19, 40-63) for the first game of a three game weekends series. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. from TD Bank Ballpark. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. There will be a video stream via SPN.TV. Somerset is coming off an impressive 4-3 nonstop road trip. Tonight marks the first game of a seven game homestand. The Patriots are 11-2 against the Blue Crabs this season. In the Brett Jodie Era the Patriots are 51-19 (.729) against Crustacean Nation.
The Ducks lead the Bluefish by 1.5 games and Ducks lead Somerset by 2.0 games in Liberty race. The Skeeters lead the Revs by 0.5 games in the Freedom race.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Left Nik Turley (1-0, 1.13 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while right hander Tim Sexton (2-6, 5.56 ERA) will toss for Southern Maryland.
11 of the last 16 games for the Patriots have all been decided by two runs or less. Eight of those contests were one run ball games.
During the seven games on the road trip, Somerset scored 50 runs, totaled 79 hits and drew 34 walks. They scored at least five runs in every game.
A Cut Above The Rest
In 124 games last year, David Vidal had 12 HRs. In 51 games this year, David Vidal has 17 HRs. That is second most in the league. Vidal missed 53 games with a quad injury. He has hit safely in 19 of his last 22 games. He is batting .335 with 42 RBI. He hit .259 last year.
The Patriots have scored at least one run in the first inning in seven of their last eight games
LaHair Hammering Competition
Bryan LaHair is tied for third in the Atlantic League in RBI with 62.
Jon Hunton is 21-for-22 in his last 22 save opportunities. His has blown one save since May 21st. He is second in the league in saves with 28.
Somerset has swiped the most bases in the league with 137. That’s 23 more than the next closest team. Scott Kelly is third in the league with 29. Eric Farris is fifth in the league with 25.
Jim Miller, the former big leaguer with the Yankees, Orioles, Rockies and A’s, has yet to allow an earned run in nine relief appearances
Guz Is The Man
Carlos Guzman reached safely in 16 of his 30 plate appearances during the road trip
Patience Is A Virtue
The Patriots have drawn 54 more walks than the next closest team in the league
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