Bridgewater, NJ – Today the Somerset Patriots (2-2, 87-57) battle the Lancaster Barnstormers (2-2, 83-61) in the decisive Game Five of the Liberty Division Series. First pitch is scheduled from TD Bank Ballpark at 1:05 p.m. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. The best-of-five series is even at 2-2. The winner advances to the Championship Series. The loser starts their offseason. This would be Somerset’s 10th Championship Series appear
First pitch scheduled for 1:05pm
ance. This would be Lancaster’s third Championship Series appearance.
Game One Recap
Somerset jumped out to a 1-0 lead but the Stormers scored three unanswered runs to win 3-1. The difference was a go ahead two run home run by Blake Gailen in the fourth inning.
Game Two Recap
Somerset erased a three run deficit heading into the top of the seventh inning to win 5-4 in 11 innings. The difference was a go ahead RBI double in the 11th by Jake Fox.
Game Three Recap
Somerset received excellent starting pitching from Josh Lowey who hurled 6.2 innings while allowing one run on nine strikeouts. Jeff Dominguez’s solo homer stood to be the difference in the 2-1 victory.
Game Four Recap
The Patriots were nursing a 3-0 lead in the top of the eighth inning until pinch hitter Yusuke Kajimoto hit a Grand Slam to give the Barnstormers the lead they would never relinquish as the final score would be 4-3.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Righty Erik Arnesen (7-6, 4.17 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow righty hurler Chris Schwinden (14-5, 2.56 ERA) takes the hill for the Stormers. Arnesen was 0-2 with a 6.55 ERA in the regular season against Lancaster. This is his first start of the postseason and his first start in eight days. Schwinden led the Atlantic League in wins and ERA in the regular season. He won Game One of the series. Against Somerset including the playoffs he is 2-1 in four starts with a 1.23 ERA with 22 Ks and 1 BBs.
Slumping Middle Of Order
The Patriots 3-4-5 hitters (Fox, Smith, Montanez) are a combined 7-for-49 with two RBI in the series. That’s a .143 batting average.
The Patriots are looking for their sixth title franchise history (2001, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2009). The Barnstormers are looking for their second title in franchise history (2006). This is the Patriots 11th postseason appearance. This is the Barnstormers 4th postseason appearance.
Ty Wright is 8-for-16 in the postseason with three RBI. He hit .369 against Lancaster in the regular season.
Limiting Long Ball
The Barnstormers drilled 154 home runs (52 more than any other team in league)
Lancaster went 44-26 at home and just 37-33 on the road
Pair Of MVPs
This series features the last two Atlantic League MVPs (Blake Gailen 2012, Jake Fox 2013)
Jeff Dominguez is hitting .385 in the postseason and has driven in a run in each of the last three games.
The Patriots have 40 come from behind wins, 19 wins in their final at bat and seven walk-off wins this year
Closer Jon Hunton led the Atlantic League with 49 saves. That’s 21 more than anyone else in the league. Hunton has already set the Atlantic League single season saves record as he broke Mike Guilfoyle’s record of 40 done in 2003 with Bridgeport. Hunton has more saves than Bridgeport and Camden do overall wins.
The Patriots are 71-15 when they score four runs or more but only 16-42 when they score three runs or fewer.
Lucky Number Seven
The Patriots are 61-4 when they lead after seven innings
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