Today’s Game Preview: Saturday, August 12th

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Somerset Patriots (17-16, 59-44) vs. Lancaster Barnstormers (21-14, 59-45)

Game #104 * Saturday, August 12th * 6:30 pm ET * Clipper Magazine Stadium * Lancaster, Pennsylvania

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

Series at a Glance

Thursday (6:30 pm) SOM def. LAN 9-3; 4-run 1st and 2nd innings set the tone for offensive breakout; Nieves quality start
Friday (6:30 pm) SOM def. LAN 8-2; Six runs over first three innings lead way; Oliver allows one run over eight innings
Saturday (6:30 pm) SOM (RHP) Lucas Irvine (7-2, 3.60 ERA) vs LAN [LHP] Rommie Lewis (6-9, 5.29 ERA)
Sunday (2:00 pm) SOM [LHP] Mike Antonini (0-0, 0.75 ERA) vs LAN [RHP] Joe Gardner (0-1, 11.00 ERA)

Click here to view today’s complete game notes: GameNotes812

PROMOTION-A-PALOOZA: 2017 has featured three different Patriots earning a promotion to MLB clubs, tying a franchise record (‘08): OF Chris Marrero (SFG), RHP Tyler Cloyd (SEA) & LHP Nik Turley (MIN). Marrero played in 37 games here in 2015, Turley appeared in 10 games (8 GS) in 2016 & Cloyd made three starts in 2017, earning his call-up just 27 days after his last Somerset appearance. There has been a record 19 Patriots to reach the majors after playing in Somerset.

CONGRATS ARE IN ORDER: 14 Patriots have had their contracts purchased in 2017: 10 by MLB organizations. LHPs Jeremy Bleich, Logan Darnell (twice) & Aaron Laffey along w/ RHPs Tyler Cloyd, Ryan Kelly, Vin Mazzaro, Mitch Atkins, OF Jerry Sands & INF Tyler Bortnick had their contracts’ purchased this season. LHP Rick Teasley (Taiwan), INF Olmo Rosario (twice, Mexico) and RHP Scott McGregor (Taiwan) also had their contracts’ purchased earlier this season.

MERRY CLINCH-MAS: Having won the first half Liberty Division Championship, the Somerset Patriots have clinched a playoff berth and have now won an Atlantic League-record 18 half championships, including eight first-half championships.

COUNTDOWN TO 1,000: Carlos Guzman is currently just 22 hits away from 1,000 over his professional career (all levels). The second-year Patriot currently leads the team in hits (87), at-bats (339), games (89) and ranks 2nd in RBI (43).

ABOVE AVERAGE: Justin Pacchioli ranks fifth in the Atlantic League in OBP (.391), tied-fifth in runs (55) and ninth in batting (.297). Additionally, he has hit safely in 12 of 17 games and a run scored in 11 of his last 18. Over his last 17games, Pacchioli is 21-for-67 (.313) with five RBI and 11 runs scored.

KEEP THE GOOD TIMES ROLLIN’: Kyle Roller has reached base in 10 of his last 13 games (hits in 9-of-13). Over that stretch, Roller has five home runs and 17 RBI. Despite just 61 games this year, he is tied for fifth in the league in home runs (17), 9th in RBI (54) and would lead the league in SLG (.598) if qualified.

MORE THAN LUKE-WARM: RHP Lucas Irvine has quality starts in five of his last six outings, including 8.1 innings of one-run baseball on 7/27. Over this stretch, Irvine has allowed just six runs over 37.2 IP (1.43 ERA), lowering his season-ERA from 4.91 to 3.60. He has won four of his last eight starts, including a nine-strikeout performance (6/24), and is tied for first on the team in wins (7).

ALL ANTOL-IN: RHP Dustin Antolin has yet to give up an earned run since joining the Patriots. The former Toronto Blue Jay has spanned 8.1 innings in seven total appearances, striking out 13 batters without surrendering a walk.

MAJOR LEAGUE BULLPEN: With the Keith Hessler signing, Somerset now has five relievers (Achter, Antolin, Below and Molleken) with service at the Major League level. Additionally, four of them (Achter, Antolin, Hessler and Molleken) appeared in the Majors during the 2016 season.

MyRewards Code: Enter PA Dutch 17 into the Patriots mobile app to earn some MyRewards points.

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

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