Bridgewater, NJ – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (2-1, 87-56) battle the Lancaster Barnstormers (1-2, 82-61) in Game Four of the Liberty Division Series. First pitch is scheduled from TD Bank Ballpark at 7:05 p.m. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. The Patriots lead the best-of-five series 2-1. 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.
Game Two Recap
Somerset erased a three run deficit heading into the top of the seventh inning to win 5-4 in 11 innings. The difference was a go ahead RBI double in the 11th by Jake Fox.
Game Three Recap
Somerset received excellent starting pitching from Josh Lowey who hurled 6.2 innings while allowing one run on nine strikeouts. Jeff Dominguez’s solo homer stood to be the difference in the 2-1 victory.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Righty Gary Moran (11-5, 4.06 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while southpaw Matt Packer (2-0, 1.92 ERA) takes the hill for the Stormers. Moran went 1-1 in four starts against Lancaster in the regular season with a 5.87 ERA. Moran is pitching on 10 days rest. Packer made one regular season start against Somerset and earned a no decision hurling 5.2 innings while allowing two earned runs.
All He Does Is Win Win Win No Matter What
In Gary Moran’s 24 starts in the regular season the Patriots went 18-6. Moran led the team in wins with 11. This is his first start since September 17th.
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). This is the Patriots 11th postseason appearance. This is the Barnstormers 4th postseason appearance.
Ty Wright is 7-for-12 in the postseason with three RBI. He hit .369 against Lancaster in the regular season.
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)
The Patriots have 8 runs in the series yet 6 of them have occurred with two outs
The Patriots have 40 come from behind wins, 19 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 71-15 when they score four runs or more but only 16-41 when they score three runs or fewer.
Lucky Number Seven
The Patriots are 61-3 when they lead after seven innings
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