May 31st Game Notes; Patriots @ Barnstormers

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Lancaster, PA – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (15-16) play the Lancaster Barnstormers (17-15) in a doubleheader from Clipper Magazine Stadium. The first game is at 5:00pm and the second game will begin approximately 30 minutes after the first game ends. Each contest will be seven innings long. The Barnstormers won the first two games of this pivotal four game midweek series. The last four games between these two squads have been decided by one run.

Jesse Hoorelbeke is tied for the Atlantic League lead in home runs with eight

 

Tough Scheduling…

The Patriots will be playing five games in the span on 48 hours in two different states. Today the Patriots have a doubleheader. Tomorrow the Patriots will play a day night doubleheader with the Riversharks at 11:00am and 7:00pm respectively. Then on Saturday those two squads square off at 1:00pm. The Patriots are already in the midst of their longest road trip of the first half.

Tight Race…

Lancaster is currently 1.5 games ahead in the Freedom Division over Somerset.

Road Woes…

The Patriots have lost nine of their last 10 games away from home.

Sub .500…

The Patriots are below .500 for the first time since May 3rd when they were 3-4 on the season.

For a comprehensive look at all the statistics, trends and matchups, please download tonight’s May 31st Game Notes.

Who’s Hot…

Patriots second baseman Freddie Bynum is currently on a 15 game hitting streak in which he has 10 multi-hit games over that span. Over the 15 games, Bynum is batting .433. Patriots utility player Freddy Sandoval has hit safely in 15 of his last 16 games. Patriots first baseman Jesse Hoorelbeke is 12-for-24 with four home runs in his last eight games.

Tonight’s starting pitching matchup in game one features righty Justin Cassel for the Patriots against righty Alan Johnson for the Barnstormers.

2012 Season Statistics…

Justin Cassel: 1-3, 3.21 ERA, 6 starts, 33.2 innings, 32 Ks, 10 BBs

Alan Johnson: 2-3, 8.33 ERA, 6 starts, 27.0 innings, 14 Ks, 10 BBs

Tonight’s starting pitching matchup in game two features lefty Roy Merritt for the Patriots against righty Mark Brackman for the Barnstormers.

2012 Season Statistics…

Roy Merritt: 2-0, 3.03 ERA, 6 starts, 32.2 innings, 22 Ks, 8 BBs

Mark Brackman: 1-2, 5.16 ERA, 5 starts, 29.2 innings, 28 Ks, 9 BBs

Be sure to follow the Patriots on twitter @SOMPatriots for immediate updates. Listen to play-by-play voice Justin Antweil broadcast the games on 1450 AM WCTC or www.wctcam.com starting at 5:00 pm.

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