Lancaster, PA – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (7-7, 45-39) visit the Lancaster Barnstormers (6-8, 40-43) for the first game of a three game weekend series. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. from Clipper Magazine Stadium. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. This is a matchup of the last two teams to win the Atlantic League Championship (Barnstormers 2014, Patriots 2015). Somerset is 9-5 against Lancaster in 2016 and 6-1 at Clipper Magazine Stadium which was the site of the All-Star Game earlier this month.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Righty Shaun Garceau (2-3, 4.56 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while southpaw Kelvin De La Cruz (6-7, 4.46 ERA) will toss for Lancaster.
LaHair Hammering Opposition
Bryan LaHair is tied for third in the Atlantic League in RBI. 3 of his 7 homers have occurred at Clipper Magazine Stadium.
A Cut Above The Rest
David Vidal is hitting .346 this year when he only hit .259 last year. In 31 games he has 9 HRs and 23 RBI. He clubbed the walk-off home run last night. Audio of Vidal’s entire at bat in the ninth inning from last night courtesy of WCTC.
Eric Farris has tallied 33 hits in his last 19 games (33 for his last 75 so .440 BA). He has ten multi-hit games over that span. He has raised his batting average from .256 to .201. He has hit safely in 16 of the 19 contests
Jon Hunton is 14-for-14 in his last 14 save opportunities. His last blown save was May 21st
Somerset has swiped the most bases in the league with 116. That’s 26 more than the next closest team. Mycal Jones is second in the league with 27. Scott Kelly is fourth in the league with 26. Eric Farris is seventh in the league with 21.
I Wanna Be Like Mike
In his last 16 appearances Mike Thomas has logged 16.2 innings, yielded 0 runs, struck out 13 and walked two batters
Patience Is A Virtue
The Patriots have drawn 32 more walks than the next closest team in the league
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