Bridgewater, NJ – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (28-11) host the Lancaster Barnstormers (16-24) for the third 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 5-0 against Lancaster this year. The Patriots have won five in a row which matches their longest winning streak of the year. The Patriots boast the best home record in the Atlantic League (15-4) while the Barnstormers boast the worst road record in the Atlantic League (3-17).
Starting Pitching Matchup
Lefty Matt Zielinski (1-1, 3.11 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while righty hurler Shunsuke Watanabe (2-2, 3.32 ERA) will toss for Lancaster
The Patriots begin the day 5.5 games up on Long Island in the First Half Liberty Division race with 31 games to go.
The Patriots pitching staff has tossed 24.0 consecutive scoreless innings dating back to the second inning on Tuesday. The staff ERA is 1.99. The team with the next best ERA is Southern Maryland at 3.10. Somerset has only surrendered one home run in its last 19 games.
Infielder Scott Kelly is 9-for-14 with three bunt singles and five RBI in his last four starts
Keystone State Dominance
The Patriots are 11-1 against teams from the state of Pennsylvania
Somerset is 6-0 on games played on a Friday
Somerset is 6-0-1 in its last seven series
The Patriots have established a new high-water mark of being 17 games above .500
The Patriots are 19-1 when leading after six innings. The bullpen collective ERA is 1.70. The bullpen has thrown 21.0 consecutive scoreless innings since last Wednesday (May 27th).
Lucky Number 2
The Patriots are 17-1 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 20-2 this year when they score first
The Patriots are 15-2 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.