Lancaster, PA – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (31-14) travel to Pennsylvania to battle the reigning Atlantic League Champion Lancanster Barnstormers (19-27) in the first game of a four game weekend series. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. from Clipper Magazine Stadium. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. The Patriots are 6-1 against the Stormers this year. This is Somerset’s first visit to Clipper Magazine Stadium since game 1 and 2 of last year’s first round postseason series.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Righty Lucas Irvine (2-4, 1.85 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow righty hurler Shunsuke Watanabe (2-2, 2.50 ERA) will toss for Lancaster
The Patriots begin the day 2.0 games up on Long Island in the First Half Liberty Division race with 25 games to go. These two squads only play each other three more times in the first half.
David Vidal had 7 RBI total in his first 33 games but has 7 RBI in his last four games. He has hit safely in 7 of his last 8 games.
Somerset has only blasted one home run in its last 10 games and only have two in the month of June. They only team that has hit fewer home runs than the Patriots is the Bluefish.
Sean Bierman leads the Atlantic League in ERA (1.45) and is in the midst of a 22.0 consecutive innings scoreless streak.
Somerset is 7-0-2 in its last nine series
The Patriots are 6-0 on games played on a Thursday
The Patriots are 20-4 when Aharon Eggleston bats in the two-hole
The Patriots are 16-2 when they smack a home run
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 23-3 this year when they score first
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 7:00 p.m. eastern on 1450 AM WCTC or www.wctcam.com.