Lancaster, PA – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (29-23, 76-46) travel to the Keystone state to battle the Lancaster Barnstormers (29-22, 68-53) for a doubleheader from Clipper Magazine Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. as each game will be seven innings and there will be a 30 minute break in between. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. Somerset is 10-6 against Lancaster in 2014.
Starting Pitching Matchup Game One
Righty Erik Arnesen (7-4, 4.35 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow righty hurler Shunsuke Watanabe (5-2, 3.72 ERA) takes the hill for the Stormers.
Starting Pitching Matchup Game Two
Lefty Matt Zielinski (9-7, 3.33 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow southpaw hurler Matt Packer (0-0, 0.00 ERA) takes the hill for the Stormers.
The Patriots are trying to repeat as half division title winners. They currently lead the 2nd Half Liberty Division standings by 3.0 games over Long Island with 18 games to go. The Ducks own the second half tiebreaker should they both finish with identical second half records.
The Patriots have scored 22 runs and totaled 32 hits in their last two games
The Patriots have surrendered at least 10 hits in 10 straight games to their opposition
Luis Montanez is in the midst of a 10 game hitting streak. Corey Smith has hit safely in 19 of his last 20 ball games.
The Patriots have 36 come from behind wins, 18 wins in their final at bat and seven walk-off wins this year
Closer Jon Hunton leads the Atlantic League with 43 saves. That’s 15 more than anyone else in the league. Hunton has already set the Atlantic League single season saves record as he broke Mike Guilfoyle’s record of 40 done in 2003 with Bridgeport.
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 63-12 when they score four runs or more but only 13-34 when they score three runs or fewer.
Walk This Way
As an offense Somerset has drawn the most walks in the Atlantic League (416)
Lucky Number Seven
The Patriots are 51-3 when they lead after seven innings
New to our media network this week is an episode of Kids Corner. The next live stream broadcast will be Friday, September 5th at TD Bank Ballpark against the York Revolution.
Be sure to follow the Patriots on twitter @SOMPatriots for immediate updates. Listen the Patriots play-by-play voice Justin Antweil broadcast the games starting at 7:00 p.m. eastern on 1450 AM WCTC or www.wctcam.com.