Lancaster, PA – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (42-16) travel to battle the reigning Atlantic League Champion Lancaster Barnstormers (25-33) in the second 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 10-2 against Lancaster in 2015. The Patriots have won a season-high seven games in a row.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Lefty Sean Bierman (5-1, 1.51 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow southpaw Dan Osterbrock (3-4, 3.24 ERA) will toss for Lancaster
The Somerset bullpen in its last five games has tossed 21.0 scoreless innings
The Patriots have established a new high-water mark in 2015 by being 26 games above .500
The Patriots begin the day 2.5 games up on Long Island in the First Half Liberty Division race with 12 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 20-2 in their last 22 games.
The Patriots have already played 12 extra inning games and have 13 wins in their final at bat including seven walk-off wins
Scott Cousins has hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games while Nate Spears has hit safely in 9 of his last 11 games.
I’ll Take Two
Thomas Neal is tied with Lew Ford of Long Island for most doubles in the Atlantic League at 19
Keystone State Dominance
The Patriots are 16-3 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 23-2 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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