Lancaster, PA – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (41-16) travel to battle the reigning Atlantic League Champion Lancaster Barnstormers (25-32) in the first game of a three game midweek series. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. from Clipper Magazine Stadium. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. Somerset is 9-2 against Lancaster in 2015. The Patriots have won a season-high six games in a row while the Barnstormers have a modest three game winning streak.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Righty Randy Boone (3-1, 2.40 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow righty hurler Shunsuke Watanabe (3-2, 2.45 ERA) will toss for Lancaster
The Somerset bullpen in its last four games has tossed 13.0 scoreless innings
The Patriots have established a new high-water mark in 2015 by being 25 games above .500
The Patriots begin the day 1.5 games up on Long Island in the First Half Liberty Division race with 13 games to go. These two squads only play each other three more times in the first half and it’s the final three games (68, 69, 70). The Ducks are 20-1 in their last 21 games having won 10 in a row.
The Patriots have already played 11 extra inning games and have 12 wins in their final at bat including seven walk-off wins
Scott Cousins has hit safely in 10 of his last 11 games while Nate Spears has hit safely in 8 of his last 10 games.
Keystone State Dominance
The Patriots are 15-3 against teams from the state of Pennsylvania
The Patriots have not lost back-to-back games since May 25th & May 27th
Somerset is 10-0-2 in its last 12 series
The Patriots are 22-2 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 31-4 this year when they score first
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