May 29th Game Notes; Patriots @ Barnstormers

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Lancaster, PA – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (15-15) visit the Lancaster Barnstormers (16-15) at 7:00pm from Clipper Magazine Stadium in the second game of this pivotal four game midweek series. The Patriots lost 1-0 in 10 innings last night as Barnstormers shortstop Jaime Pedroza smacked a walk-off home run to deep right center field.

Opponents are just batting .147 with RISP against Mike MacDonald

Doug Arguello and J.D. Durbin were both spectacular last night even though each received no decisions. Durbin threw seven scoreless frames while Arguello threw 114 pitches in nine shutout innings allowing the leadoff batter just to reach base once in nine tries. The Patriots have turned a league high 37 double plays this year.

Tight Race…

Lancaster is currently ½ game ahead in the Freedom Division over both Somerset and Sugar Land. It’s definitely a three horse race as all three teams are bunched up. Meanwhile York is just three games back overall and two games behind in the loss column.

Road Woes…

The Patriots have lost eight of their last nine games away from home.

For a comprehensive look at all the statistics, trends and matchups, please download tonight’s May 29th Game Notes.

Who’s Hot…

Patriots second baseman Freddie Bynum is currently on a 18 game hitting streak in which he has 10 multi-hit games over that span. Over the 18 games, Bynum is batting .397. Patriots utility player Freddy Sandoval has hit safely in 14 of his last 15 games.

Tonight’s starting pitching matchup features righty Mike MacDonald for the Patriots against lefty Rich Rundles for the Barnstormers.

2012 Season Statistics…

Mike MacDonald: 1-0, 3.38 ERA, 6 starts, 26.2 innings, 14 Ks, 14 BBs

Rich Rundles: 1-1, 2.87 ERA, 6 starts, 37.2 innings, 36 Ks, 9 BBs

Interesting Statistic…

Mike MacDonald: Opponents are just batting .147 with runners in scoring position against MacDonald.

Rich Rundles: Rundles is second in the Atlantic League in strikeouts with 36.

Be sure to follow the Patriots on twitter @SOMPatriots for immediate updates. Listen to play-by-play voice Justin Antweil broadcast the game on 1450 AM WCTC or www.wctcam.com starting at 7:00 pm.

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