August 4th Game Notes; Patriots @ Barnstormers

Lancaster, PA – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (10-12, 45-47) visit the Lancaster Barnstormers (12-9, 57-34) from Clipper Magazine Stadium at 7:00 p.m. in the second game of this three game weekend series featuring these Freedom Division foes. Last night the Patriots lost 12-7 to the Barnstormers. The Patriots pitching staff surrendered a season-high 18 hits. In the last 17 innings the Patriots pitchers have given up eight home runs.

For a comprehensive look at all the statistics, trends and matchups please download tonight’s August 4th Game Notes.

Champs For A Reason

The Lancaster Barnstormers are 8-3 against the Patriots this season. They won the Freedom Division first half title so they are guaranteed to go to the playoffs.

Patriots outfielder Joe Holden has hit safely in 9 of his last 10 games

Welcome Aboard

Infielder Corey Smith was signed by the Patriots yesterday. He’s the older brother of Patriots reliever Carlton Smith. In Corey’s debut he hit a home run and had a multi-hit game driving in two runs.

Need Run Support

The Patriots have just scored a combined nine runs in Roy Merritt’s last six starts.

Starting Pitching Matchup

Lefty Roy Merritt toes the rubber for Somerset while righty hurler Dwayne Pollok is on the hill for the Barnstormers. Both pitchers are in the top 10 in the Atlantic League in ERA.

Roy Merritt: 5-5, 3.68 ERA, 18 starts, 93.0 innings, 69 Ks, 37 BBs

Dwayne Pollok: 8-1, 2.05 ERA, 10 starts, 79.0 innings, 67 Ks, 14 BBs

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

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