Lancaster, PA – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (43-16) travel to battle the reigning Atlantic League Champion Lancaster Barnstormers (25-34) in the final 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 in sweep mode while Lancaster is in salvage mode. Somerset is 11-2 against Lancaster in 2015. The Patriots have won a season-high eight games in a row.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Righty Mickey Storey (4-0, 0.93 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow righty hurler Bryan Woodall (1-4, 4.98 ERA) will toss for Lancaster
The Patriots begin the day 2.5 games up on Long Island in the First Half Liberty Division race with 11 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 21-2 in their last 23 games.
The Somerset bullpen in its last six games has tossed 22.0 innings and only given up two runs
The Patriots have established a new high-water mark in 2015 by being 27 games above .500
Flipping The Script
Aharon Eggleston hit .251 last year but is hitting .318 this year. He is playing like the All-Star he was in 2013 when he hit .294
The Patriots have already played 12 extra inning games and have 13 wins in their final at bat including seven walk-off wins
The Patriots are 8-0 on games played on a Thursday
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 17-3 against teams from the state of Pennsylvania
The Patriots have not lost back-to-back games since May 25th & May 27th
Somerset is 11-0-2 in its last 13 series
The Patriots are 24-2 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 32-4 this year when they score first
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