Today’s Game Preview: Thursday, July 26th


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Today’s Game:
Somerset Patriots (13-3, 48-31) vs. Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (6-8, 32-45)
Game #80 * Thursday, July 26 * 7:05 pm * TD Bank Ballpark * Bridgewater, NJ
On The Air: 1450 WCTC; Twitter: @SOMPatriots @MarcSchwartz26 @8oyle

Series at a Glance

Monday (7:05 pm) SOM def. SMD 6-0; Davies 6 IP, 0 R; Patriots use 6-run 5th inning en route to 7th straight home win
Tuesday (7:05 pm) SOM def. SMD 4-1; Blevins 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R in debut; Chavez 3-4, R, 2RBI; Rodriguez 1-3, R, RBI
Wednesday (11:05 am) SMD def. SOM 3-2 (10); Perakslis 4 IP, 2 H, 1 R in debut; 7th inn. Patriots rally; SMD wins in 10
Wednesday (7:05 pm) SOM def. SMD 7-1 (7); Kubiak 7 IP, 5 H, 1 BB, 11 K, CG; Oberste 1-3, HR, 2 RBI
Thursday (7:05 pm) SOM [RHP] Vince Molesky (6-2, 2.85 ERA) vs SMD [LHP] Drake Britton (4-5, 6.30 ERA)

Click here to view today’s complete game notes: GAME NOTES 7.26.18

1ST HALF LIBERTY DIVISION CHAMPIONS: Somerset have clinched their 7th half division title under manager Brett Jodie and their league-record 19th half championship in franchise history and is now guaranteed a playoff spot. Somerset has also been atop the Liberty Division for 96-straight days to begin the season.
HOME SWEET HOME: The Patriots have won nine of 10 games at home to begin the second half. They have allowed more than two runs just once in the 10 games, and have yielded just 11 earned runs over 94 innings (1.05 ERA).
KUUUUBIAK: RHP David Kubiak is 4-0 with a 1.34 ERA, 42 strikeouts and just nine walks over 33.2 IP in his last five starts. The 6’7” righty leads the league in ERA (2.17), BAA (.223). WHIP (1.10) and ranks second in K (79). Kubiak also owns a 5-0 record with a 0.85 ERA, 38 K  and nine walks in 31.1 IP on the road.
MAD MAN MASSEY: IF Craig Massey saw his 16-game hit streak end Wednesday night (third longest in league), but is still on a 17-game on-base streak. During the streak, he has eight multi-hit games, and is 27-for-72 (.375) with a home run, eight RBI, and 13 runs scored. Massey leads the league in OBP (.436) and ranks second in hitting (.353).
AGE JUST A NUMBER: The 40 year-old Endy Chavez is riding a 10-game on-base streak. He is 16-44 (.364) with three three-hit games, four multi-hit games, five runs, five RBI and has raised his average from .232 to .260 over this stretch.
DOIN’ IT ALL: Yovan Gonzalez is proving just how valuable he is to this team lately. The third-year Patriot is riding a nine-game on-base streak over which he is 11-29 (.479) with four runs and 10 RBI. Gonzalez has yet to commit an error this year and Patriots’ pitchers have a combined 3.03 ERA when he is catching.
PATCH EM UP: Justin Pacchioli went 5-for-9 with two runs and four stolen bases in Wednesday’s doubleheader. He is now a perfect 21-for-21 in stolen base attempts to lead the team. His 21 steals also rank fifth in the league. Additionally, Pacchioli has scored a run 10-straight games and 13 of his last 14.
HOT ROD: Alfredo Rodriguez is currently on an eight-game hit streak, over which he is 13-for-31 (.419) with a home run, eight runs, 12 RBI and a .526 OBP. The 2018 All-Star ranks seventh in the league in OBP (.395) and 11th in AVG (.305).
SAVE THAT BALL: Alfonso Reda recorded his first career RBI in game one of Wednesday’s doubleheader with an RBI single in the 7th inning. Reda got his first professional hit on May 31st in Lancaster. He is 2-for-8 in three starts this season.
LIKE MIKE: LHP Mike Antonini has tossed 13 IP with just one earned run (0.69 ERA), with just seven hits, one walk, and 14 strikeouts since June 16th (12 games)
KD TREY-ONE: After a rough outing last week against the Blue Crabs, Kyle Davies bounced back on Monday night to shut them out with six strong innings with just four hits and two walks. Davies is now 4-1 in his last five starts with a 0.94 ERA, amassing 28.2 IP, while allowing 23 hits and nine walks to go with 22 K
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