Today’s Game Preview: Wednesday, May 31st

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Somerset Patriots (24-15) @ Lancaster Barnstormers (22-16)

Game #40 * Wednesday, May 31st * 6:30 ET * Clipper Magazine Stadium * Lancaster, Pennsylvania

On The Air: WCTC-AM 1450; WCTCam.com Twitter: @SOMPatriots @MarcSchwartz26 @ChrisDrabik

Series at a Glance

Tuesday (6:30) LAN def. SOM 11-10; 4-run 7th for LAN the difference in 21-run, 25-hit ballgame.
Wednesday (6:30) SOM [RHP] Mitch Atkins (3-3, 3.92 ERA) @ LAN [LHP] Ronnie Lewis (2-3, 5.74 ERA)
Thursday (11:00) SOM [LHP] Rick Teasley (3-0, 1.45 ERA) @ LAN [RHP] Elih Villanueva (4-1, 2.87 ERA)

Click here to view today’s complete game notes: GameNotes531

PLATINUM ANNIVERSARY: 2017 is Somerset’s 20th season as a franchise, an achievement that will be celebrated all season long. Having already won an Atlantic League-record six championships, the Patriots look looking to make it seven league titles in their 20th season of action.

CONGRATS ARE IN ORDER: Six Patriots have had their contracts purchased by MLB organizations in 2017. LHPs Jeremy Bleich (4/29) & Logan Darnell (5/9) both had their contracts purchased by the Los Angeles Dodgers, RHPs Tyler Cloyd (5/10) & Ryan Kelly (5/17) had their contracts purchased by the Seattle Mariners, LHP Aaron Laffey (5/15) went to the Arizona Diamondbacks and RHP Vin Mazzaro (5/18) is heading to the Cincinnati Reds. All six reported directly to their respective Triple-A affiliates. There have been 12 total players in the league this year who’s contracts have been purchased this year by Major League organizations; six of whom from Somerset.

RICK TEASLERGAARD: After Rick Teasley’s shutout performance against the Bridgeport Bluefish Saturday night, the first-year Patriot now leads the Atlantic League in ERA (1.45 ERA) among qualified pitchers. The southpaw allowed one run over four relief appearances (12 IP) to begin the season, and now four earned runs over his last three appearances as a starter (19.0 IP).

CLASSIC GUZY: Second-year Patriot Carlos Guzman has hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games, including the last four-straight. Over that stretch, Guzman is 18-46 (.391), eight runs, eight RBI, and three SB, raising his average from .208 to .261.

SCOTTY DOES KNOW: Infielder Scott Kelly has turned it on as of late, recording a hit in 17 of his last 20 games. Over that stretch, the fourth-year Patriot is 23-71 (.324) with 13 runs scored, 12 RBI and seven SB.

SANDS(TORM): Former MLBer Jerry Sands has reached base in 21-straight games, including a 10-game hit streak (5/9 – 5/17). Over that stretch, Sands is 29-75 (.387) with 9 HR, 30 RBI and 21 runs. Sands currently leads the league in RBI (41), R (30), XBH (25) 2B (14) & SLG (.659), and HR (11).

MyRewards Code: Enter pinch hitter 17  into the Patriots mobile app to earn MyRewards points!

WELCOME ABOARD: The Patriots have recently signed infielders Kyle Roller and Mike Minicozzi & outfielder Greg Golson. Roller enters his 2nd year in Somerset (10 HR in 52 games), while Golson and Minicozzi are first-year Patriots.

YOU DONE RIGHT, A-AHARON: 5th-year outfielder Aharon Eggleston currently ranks eighth in the Atlantic League in batting (.310), and is 15-41 (.366) over his last 13 games with a home run, eight RBI and a stolen base.

TOP 20: All season long, the Somerset Patriots will be unveiling their Top 20 players in franchise history. LHP Justin Jensen was just named the 14th greatest Patriot of all time. Follow along all season to find out who will join him!

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