Bridgewater, NJ – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (4-1, 42-33) host the Lancaster Barnstormers (2-2, 36-37) for the third game of a four game weekend series. This is the final series before the All-Star Break. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. from TD Bank Ballpark. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. Somerset is 8-4 against Lancaster in 2016.
The Patriots are 6-1 in their last 7 games. Five of the wins have been in come from behind fashion. All seven games have been decided by three runs or fewer.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Righty Donovan Hand (2-1, 3.81 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow righty hurler Bryan Evans (3-4, 4.13 ERA) will toss for Lancaster.
Hey Now You’re An All-Star
Aharon Eggleston, Bryan LaHair, Brandon Sisk, Mike Thomas are all 2016 Atlantic League All-Stars. Brett Jodie and the entire assistant coaching staff are All-Star representatives as well. The game is Wednesday, July 13th at Clipper Magazine Stadium.
During Somerset’s last seven games the bullpen has been impeccable. They have logged 31.0 innings and yielded only one run which is good for a 0.29 ERA. They’ve struck out 33, walked 1 and allowed 16 hits.
Eric Farris has tallied 23 hits during his 10 game hitting streak (22 for his last 43 so .535 BA). He has seven multi-hit games over that span. He has raised his batting average from .256 to .298.
Jon Hunton is 12-for-12 in his last 12 save opportunities
Eggs Sunny Side Up
Aharon Eggleston is third in the Atlantic League in batting average at .319. He has multi-hits in five of his last six games.
Time To Grind
From June 11th to July 9th the Somerset Patriots do not have an off day. They are playing 30 straight games to close the first half.
Somerset has swiped the most bases in the league with 111. That’s 35 more than the next closest team. Mycal Jones is tied for the league lead with 26. Scott Kelly is third in the league with 25. Eric Farris is sixth in the league with 20.
Patience Is A Virtue
The Patriots have drawn 37 more walks than the next closest team in the league
Extra Extra Reid All About It
In 13 appearances as a Patriot, Ryan Reid has yielded zero earned runs (13.1 innings). He is 14 months removed from Tommy John surgery.
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