Today’s Game Preview: Thursday, August 31st

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Somerset Patriots (23-27, 65-55) vs. Lancaster Barnstormers (29-22, 67-54)

Games #123* Thursday, August 31st * 7:05 pm ET * TD Bank Ballpark * Bridgewater, New Jersey

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

Series at a Glance

Monday (7:05 pm) LAN def. SOM 3-2; Oliver gives up 3 R (2 ER) over 8.0 IP; 2-run 8th the difference for LAN
Wednesday (GM 1, 5:05 pm) LAN def. SOM 7-6; 10th inning fielder’s choice wins 4:04 ballgame w/ seven lead changes
Wednesday (GM 2) SOM def. LAN 4-2; Richardson RBI single ties game in 4th, two-run sixth leads to Molleken’s 3rd save
Thursday (7:05 pm) SOM [LHP] Mike Antonini (2-1, 0.93 ERA) vs. LAN [LHP] Tommy Shirley (3-4, 6.69 ERA)

Click here to view today’s complete game notes! GameNotes831

TOPS IN THE LEAGUE: 17 Patriots have had their contracts’ purchased in 2017: 12 by MLB organizations. LHPs Jeremy Bleich, Logan Darnell (twice) & Aaron Laffey along w/ RHPs Tyler Cloyd, Ryan Kelly, Vin Mazzaro, Mitch Atkins, INF Tyler Bortnick & OFs Jerry Sands, Christian Marrero and Justin Pacchioli had theirs’ purchased this season. RHPs Scott McGregor and David Kubiak & LHP Rick Teasley (Taiwan), INF Olmo Rosario (2X, Mexico) also had theirs’ purchased.

MERRY CLINCH-MAS: The Somerset Patriots won the First Half Liberty Division Championship & have now won an Atlantic League-record 18 half championships.

COUNTDOWN TO 1,000: Carlos Guzman is currently just seven hits away from 1,000 over his professional career (all levels). The second-year Patriot currently leads the team in hits (102), at-bats (404), games (106) & ranks 2nd in RBI (53).

BULLS IN THE PEN: Over this current homestand, Somerset’s bullpen has limited its opponent to just four earned runs over 25 innings (1.44 ERA). Additionally, the bullpen has combined for 28 strikeouts against five walks, and opponents are hitting just a combined .231 (22-for-95) from the plate.

ROLL WITH THE CHANGES: Kyle Roller has reached base in 22 of his last 27 games (hits in 17-of-27). Over that stretch, Roller has seven home runs, 26 RBI and 17 BB. Despite 71 games this year, he ranks T-fifth in the league in home runs (19), ninth in RBI (63) and would lead the league in SLG (.595) if qualified. He is currently 11 plate appearances shy of qualifying (at 319, needs 330).

IT’S A TRAPP: Justin Trapp has reached base in 17 of 20 games, including hits in 14-of-20. Over this stretch, Trapp is 23-for-66 (.349) with eight 2B, nine walks, 11 runs and 12 RBI. He has also reached base in 24 of his 30 starts.

IMMEDIATE IMPACT: Newly-signed D’Vontrey Richardson is 5-for-11 from the plate in his first three games with the Patriots. The former New Jersey Jackal also went a combined 5-for-8 with an RBI and a run in Somerset’s 8/30 doubleheader.

ALL ANTOL-IN: RHP Dustin Antolin has allowed just one earned run since joining the Patriots. The former Toronto Blue Jay has spanned 16.0 innings in 15 total appearances, striking out 23 batters compared to just three walks.

E-XCELLENT STRETCH: LHP Efrain Nieves has tossed quality starts in six of his last eight, dating back to 7/19. Over this stretch, Nieves is 2-3 with a 2.45 ERA (13 ER in 47.2 IP) and 37 strikeouts, lowering his season ERA from 5.25 to 3.01.

ANTONINI SHINES: LHP Mike Antonini has impressed over his first six starts in Somerset, yielding just three runs over 29.0 IP (0.93 ERA). Additionally, he has allowed just six walks and 11 hits so far against 36 strikeouts, including a team-high 10 strikeouts August 13th and a no-hitter through six innings on August 19th.

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

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