Bridgewater, NJ – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (9-6) host the Lancaster Barnstormers (6-12) for the first game of a three game midweek series. The Patriots boast the best record in the Atlantic League while the Barnstormers boast the worst record in the Atlantic League. This is a rematch from last year’s epic first round playoff series where Lancaster edged Somerset 3-2 in the best of five series. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. from TD Bank Ballpark. Download today’s comprehensive game notes.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Lefty Sean Bierman (0-1, 3.06 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while righty hurler Shunsuke Watanabe (0-1, 13.50 ERA) will toss for Lancaster.
Flare For The Dramatics
The Patriots have five wins in their final at bat through their first 15 games including three walk-off wins
Somerset has scored three runs or fewer in 8 of its last 9 games yet are still 6-3 over that span. They have tallied the fewest runs in the league, boast worst team batting average and drawn the fewest walks this year.
The Somerset bullpen has been outstanding as they have logged 50.1 innings and allowed seven earned runs good for a 1.26 ERA.
Setting The Tone
The Patriots are 7-1 this year when they score first
The Patriots boast the best team ERA in the Atlantic League at 1.76
Reliever Kyler Newby is tied for the Atlantic League lead in wins (3)
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Utility player Greg Hopkins only has five hits this year yet three of them are for extra bases.
They are 7-2 in games decided by two runs or less
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