Lancaster, PA – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (21-13, 68-36) travel to the Keystone State to battle the Lancaster Barnstormers (17-16, 56-47) for the second game of a two game midweek series. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. from Clipper Magazine Stadium. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. Somerset is 9-6 against Lancaster in 2014.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Righty Gary Moran (10-3, 4.67 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow righty hurler Chris Schwinden (11-2, 2.65 ERA) takes the hill for the Stormers.
The Patriots are 14-3 in Gary Moran’s 17 starts this year. The last time Gary sustained a loss it was June 5th which was 11 starts ago.
Welcome Back Big Don
In Adam Donachie’s first two games back since missing 12 games with an ankle injury he has five hits and three RBI.
Daryle Ward returns to Clipper Magazine Stadium for the first time since he played for Lancaster last year. He hit 17 homers for the Barnstormers in 2013.
Closer Jon Hunton leads the Atlantic League with 36 saves. That’s nine more than anyone else in the league. He has only blown two saves since June 1st. Hunton is two saves away from breaking the single season Patriots record for most saves in a year and Hunton is five saves away from breaking the Atlantic League record for most saves in a year.
The Somerset Patriots are the 2014 1st Half Liberty Division Champions! This is their 13th Half Title in franchise history as the Patriots are going to the playoffs for some serious September baseball! The Patriots have elected to take the back three games of the first round series at home so they will open up the postseason on the road. Tickets are on sale by calling 908-252-0700.
The Patriots are trying to repeat as half division title winners. They currently lead the 2nd Half Liberty Division standings by 6.5 games over Bridgeport.
The Patriots are 58-8 when they score four runs or more but only 10-28 when they score three runs or fewer.
Walk This Way
As an offense Somerset has drawn the most walks in the Atlantic League (366)
Lucky Number Seven
The Patriots are 47-2 when they lead after seven innings
New to our media network this week is an episode of the Reporter Round Table starring Josh Pressley. The next SPN.TV live stream game will be on Wednesday, August 20th.
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 7:00 p.m. eastern on 1450 AM WCTC or www.wctcam.com.