Lancaster, PA – Today the Somerset Patriots (9-7, 47-39) visit the Lancaster Barnstormers (6-10, 40-45) for the final game of a three game weekend series. First pitch is scheduled for 2:00 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 11-5 against Lancaster in 2016 and an impressive 8-1 at Clipper Magazine Stadium which was the site of the All-Star Game earlier this month. Somerset won the series opener Friday night 3-2 as they turned a season-high four double plays. Last night Somerset outlasted Lancaster 12-7. The teams combined for 32 hits as the Patriots scored eight runs in the finale three innings.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Lefty Rudy Owens (1-2, 4.86 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow righty hurler Terry Doyle (4-4, 3.57 ERA) will toss for Lancaster.
A Cut Above The Rest
David Vidal is hitting .345 this year when he only hit .259 last year. In 33 games he has 10 HRs and 26 RBI. He clubbed go ahead home runs two of the last three nights. He has four home runs since Sunday. On the season he has 22 walks (six intentional)
LaHair Hammering Opposition
Bryan LaHair is third in the Atlantic League in RBI with 51. 3 of his 7 homers have occurred at Clipper Magazine Stadium. Against the Barnstormers he has 16 RBI and a .375 BA
Eric Farris has tallied 35 hits in his last 21 games (35 for his last 84 so .417 BA). He has eleven multi-hit games over that span. He has raised his batting average from .256 to .298. He has hit safely in 17 of the 21 contests.
Jon Hunton is 15-for-15 in his last 15 save opportunities. His last blown save was May 21st
Somerset has swiped the most bases in the league with 117. That’s 25 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 17 appearances Mike Thomas has logged 18.2 innings, yielded 0 runs, struck out 14 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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