Somerset Patriots (17-9) @ Lancaster Barnstormers (19-8)
Game #27 * Wednesday, May 30 * 7:00 pm * Clipper Magazine Stadium * Lancaster, PA
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Series at a Glance:
Tuesday (7:00 pm) LAN def. SOM 5-3; Nate Reed 6 IP, only 1 unearned R; Roller back-to-back multi-hit games
Wednesday (7:00 pm) SOM [RHP] Kyle Davies (0-1, 2.25 ERA) vs LAN [RHP] Steve Johnson (2-1, 3.15 ERA)
Thursday (11:00 am) SOM [RHP] Cory Riordan (2-1, 3.22 ERA) vs LAN [RHP] Brooks Hall (2-1, 3.00 ERA)
Thursday (1:30 pm) SOM [LHP] Rick Teasley (0-2, 6.75 ERA) vs LAN [LHP] Tommy Shirley (3-1, 5.72 ERA)
Click here to view today’s complete game note: GAME NOTES 5.30.18
FIRST PLACE BEST PLACE: Somerset has held at least a share of first place for every day so far this season. The Patriots were in held at least a share of first place for 72 straight-days in the first half last year, with only three days tied.
K IS FOR KUBIAK: RHP David Kubiak tossed five scoreless innings with six strikeouts in his 2018 debut on 5/25. He had 117 strikeouts in 112.2 IP last year.
BETTER THAN AVERAGE: The Patriots have three players that rank in the top 20 in hitting, including Mike Fransoso (.357, sixth), Alfredo Rodriguez (.310, 12th), and Julio Borbon (.300, 16th). Fransoso also ranks second in OBP (.438).
STARTING TO ROLL?: Kyle Roller has raised his batting average 71 points with his first back-to-back multi-hit games of the season, including two consecutive games with extra-base hits. His OBP is continuing to rise at a steady rate, as he now ranks 14th in the league (.384).
BORBON STREET: Outfielder Julio Borbon has three doubles in his last four games. He now leads the league in doubles (12), is tied for the league-lead in extra-base hits (16), and ranks seventh in slugging (.544).
ANTONINI SHINES: Second-year Patriots southpaw Mike Antonini has not allowed an earned run over his first 14.1 innings on just three hits with 18 K.
RIORDOMINANT: RHP Cory Riordan needed just 81 pitches to throw eight one-run innings in a 2-1 win over the Ducks on 5/25. He faced two-over the minimum and struck out four batters. He is now 2-1 on the year with a 3.23 ERA, good for 13th in the league. His 30.2 IP is also 6th in the Atlantic League, while his 1.47 BB/9 is 7th amongst all qualified pitchers.
SPEED DEMONS: The Patriots stole three bases Tuesday night in Lancaster and now rank second in the Atlantic League as a team in steals. Additionally, Justin Trapp is tied for second in the league in stolen bases (11).
JUST A HU(N)CH: LHP Chase Huchingson has made seven-straight scoreless appearances. In this stretch, the 2017 All-Star has allowed just two hits with nine strikeouts and has lowered his ERA from 13.50 to 4.50.
CLOSE GAME MAGIC: 11 of Somerset’s first 17 wins have come by just one run. They are 11-1 in one-run games this season and were 20-21 last year.
CLOSE THE DOOR: RHP Ryan Kelly is tied for 3rd in the league with five saves.
GET OFF THE SCHNEID: The Patriots will look to claim their first win of the 2018 season vs. the Lancaster Barnstormers, as they have now dropped the first three contests. The Patriots have scored just five runs in the first three meetings.
BEST OF LUCK: There have been three contracts purchased from the Somerset Patriots so far in 2018. Brett Oberholtzer (Rockies), Scott Copeland (Mets) and Aaron Laffey (Mets) have all been signed to Major League organizations.
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