Bridgewater, NJ – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (16-23) play the Lancaster Barnstormers (23-16) at 7:05 p.m. from TD Bank Ballpark in the final game of this three game midweek series. This is the final series between these two Freedom Division foes in the first half. The Barnstormers have won seven of the first nine meetings. The Patriots look to salvage the final game of this series after losing 3-1 and 6-0 on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively.
Spinning in Different Directions
The Patriots have lost 10 of their last 11 games. The Barnstormers have won 8 of their last 9 games.
For a comprehensive look at all the statistics, trends and matchups please download tonight’s June 7th Game Notes.
Since the calendar turned to June, the Somerset Patriots bullpen has tossed 22.0 innings and allowed just four runs. Players have found their niche in the ‘pen.
Last night at TD Bank Ballpark a couple got engaged before the game. Watch the video shot by Dave Marek.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Tonight righty Paul Phillips toes the rubber for the Patriots against southpaw John Halama for the Barnstormers. This will be Phillips’ first start against the Barnstormers. This will be Halama’s second start verse the Patriots. Halama picked up a win on May 1st as he threw a quality start in that outing.
2012 Season Statistics
Paul Phillips: 4-2, 3.63 ERA, 7 starts, 39.2 innings, 30 Ks, 14 BBs
John Halama: 4-2, 1.94 ERA, 8 starts, 55.2 innings, 36 Ks, 11 BBs
Paul Phillips: Opponents are just hitting .184 against Phillips with runners in scoring position.
John Halama: 40 year old Halama leads the Atlantic League in ERA (1.94)