Bridgewater, NJ – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (26-11) host the Lancaster Barnstormers (16-22) for the first game of a four game series as it is a playoff rematch from a year ago. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. from TD Bank Ballpark. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. Somerset is 3-0 against Lancaster this year. Tonight marks the first game of an eight game homestand for the Patriots.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Lefty Sean Bierman (3-1, 1.78 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow southpaw Matt Packer (3-3, 3.63 ERA) will toss for Lancaster
The Patriots begin the day 5.0 games up on Long Island in the First Half Liberty Division race with 33 games to go.
Somerset is 6-0-1 in its last seven series
The Patriots have established a new high-water mark of being 15 games above .500
The Patriots are 17-1 when leading after six innings. The bullpen collective ERA is 1.76. The bullpen has thrown 17.0 consecutive scoreless innings since last Wednesday (May 27th).
Infielder Scott Kelly is 6-for-10 with three bunt singles and three RBI in his last three starts
Lucky Number 2
The Patriots are 15-1 when Aharon Eggleston bats in the two-hole
Time To Grind
From May 27th to July 5th the Patriots play 40 games in 40 days. Only one scheduled off day during that time frame.
Setting The Tone
The Patriots are 18-2 this year when they score first
The Patriots are 14-2 when the smack a home run
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 7:05 p.m. eastern on 1450 AM WCTC or www.wctcam.com.