June 6th Game Notes; Barnstormers @ Patriots

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Bridgewater, NJ – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (16-22) play the Lancaster Barnstormers (22-16) at 7:05 p.m. from TD Bank Ballpark in the second game of this pivotal three game midweek series. This is the final series between these two Freedom Division foes in the first half. The Barnstormers have won six of the first eight meetings. The Barnstormers bullpen threw four hitless innings to preserve last night’s 3-1 win.

Roy Merritt looks to get the Patriots back on track tonight against the Lancaster Barnstormers

Close Calls

Seven of the eight games between Somerset and Lancaster have been decided by two runs or less.

For a comprehensive look at all the statistics, trends and matchups please download tonight’s June 6th Game Notes.

Bullpen Stronger

Since the calendar turned to June, the Somerset Patriots bullpen has tossed 15.0 innings and allowed just one run. Players have found their niche in the ‘pen.

Holden Returns

Yesterday the Somerset Patriots signed outfielder Joe Holden after they released reliever Anthony Claggett. Holden spent the last two years with the Patriots. Last year he hit .272 and stole 31 bases. He’s a great clubhouse presence as well.

Starting Pitching Matchup

Tonight will be a rematch of last Thursday’s pitching matchup when southpaw Roy Merritt squared off against Mark Brackman at Clipper Magazine Stadium. Each pitched fewer than four innings in that contest and received a no decision.

2012 Season Statistics

Roy Merritt: 2-0, 4.00 ERA, 7 starts, 36.0 innings, 27 Ks, 10 BBs

Mark Brackman: 1-2, 6.12 ERA, 7 appearances and 6 starts, 32.1 innings, 29 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 7:05 pm.

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