Bridgewater, NJ – Today the Somerset Patriots (34-27, 84-47) host the Lancaster Barnstormers (40-22, 68-64) for the rubber game of a three game weekend series. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. at TD Bank Ballpark. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. The Patriots are 14-6 against the Barnstormers in 2015. This is the final home game of the regular season. Both these squads are in first place in their respective divisions this half.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Lefty Matt Zielinski (7-2, 2.63 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while righty hurler Shunsuke Watanabe (6-4, 2.86 ERA) will toss for Lancaster
Lancaster is 9-3 in the month of September. Its Magic Number to clinch the Second Half Freedom Division Title is 4 (any combination of Lancaster wins and/or York losses)
Second Half Race
Somerset leads the Second Half Liberty Division race by 1.5 games over Long Island and 7.0 games over Bridgeport. There are only 9 games remaining in the regular season.
History On Horizon?
The Patriots must go 7-2 in their final 9 games to set a franchise record for most overall wins in a season. The franchise record is 90 accomplished in 2013.
Greg Hopkins has hit safely in 17 of his last 20 games. He is in the midst of a season-high 10 game hitting streak where over that span he has 2 HRs, 10 RBI and is hitting .341
Thomas Neal has 8 multi-hit games in his last 14 contests
September Not To Remember
Robert Andino is hitting .205 in September (8-for-39)
The Patriots boast the best record in the Atlantic League and have secured a postseason bid for the third consecutive season and for the 12th time in the franchise’s 18 years of existence. The Patriots are 1st Half Liberty Division Champions.
The Patriots have established an Atlantic League record for most wins in a single half with 50. The previous high was 48 done once by the 2005 Atlantic City Surf and once by the 2013 Sugar Land Skeeters.
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 1:05 p.m. eastern on 1450 AM WCTC or www.wctcam.com.