Lancaster, PA – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (0-1, 85-56) battle the Lancaster Barnstormers (1-0, 82-59) in Game Two of the Liberty Division Series. First pitch is scheduled from Clipper Magazine Stadium at 7:00 p.m. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. Lancaster leads the best-of-five set 1-0. Somerset went 11-9 against Lancaster in the regular season. The Patriots repeated as division title winners while the Stormers settled for the Wild Card slot.
Game One Recap
Somerset jumped out to a 1-0 lead but the Stormers scored three unanswered runs to win 3-1. The difference was a go ahead two run home run by Blake Gailen in the fourth inning.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Lefty Roy Merritt (1-1, 2.63 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow southpaw Dan Osterbrock (11-4, 3.78 ERA) takes the hill for the Stormers. Merritt never faced Lancaster in the regular season. Osterbrock was 0-1 in give games, three starts with a 5.49 ERA against Somerset in regular season.
The Patriots are looking for their sixth title franchise history (2001, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2009). The Batnstormers are looking for their second title in franchise history (2006).
Limiting Long Ball
The Barnstormers drilled 154 home runs (52 more than any other team in league)
Lancaster went 44-26 at home and just 37-33 on the road
Pair Of MVPs
This series features the last two Atlantic League MVPs (Blake Gailen 2012, Jake Fox 2013)
Facing Former Mates
Daryle Ward played for Lancaster last year and smacked 17 HRs. This year in seven starts he has 8 RBI, 3 HRs and a .333 batting average.
The Patriots have 39 come from behind wins, 18 wins in their final at bat and seven walk-off wins this year
Closer Jon Hunton led the Atlantic League with 49 saves. That’s 21 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. Hunton has more saves than Bridgeport and Camden do overall wins.
The Patriots are 70-15 when they score four runs or more but only 15-41 when they score three runs or fewer.
Lucky Number Seven
The Patriots are 60-3 when they lead after seven innings
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