Tonight at 7:00pm from Clipper Magazine Stadium, the Somerset Patriots will battle the Lancaster Barnstormers in the rubber game of this three game midweek series. The Barnstormers won the opener 7-2 thanks to six solid innings from staff ace John Halama. The Patriots won in dramatic fashion last night after scoring seven combined runs in the 8th and 9th innings to squeak by the Barnstormers 7-6.
By winning last night, the Patriots avoided starting 1-5 for the third consecutive season.
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Tonight’s pitching matchup features right handed hurler Justin Cassel for the Patriots against left handed thrower Rich Rundles for the Barnstormers. Cassel picked up the loss in his first start and Rundles did not factor into the decision in his first outing.
When They Were Drafted…
Justin Cassel: 7th round of the 2006 MLB Draft by the Chicago White Sox
Rich Rundles: 3rd round of the 1999 MLB Draft by the Boston Red Sox
Career Minor League Statistics…
Justin Cassel: 100 minor league games (71 starts), 25-24 record, 3.49 ERA
Rich Rundles: 377 minor league games (133 starts), 55-66 record, 3.36 ERA
The face of the Patriots’ ball club, Jeff Nettles, is approaching two renowned Atlantic League records. Nettles is currently tied with former Camden Rivershark player Brad Strauss for most games played in the Atlantic League all-time with 874. Presuming Nettles plays in tonight’s game Nettles will be alone atop the all-time list in most games played in the Atlantic League with 875.
Nettles is also three at bats away from tying the all-time record for most at bats in Atlantic League history. The record is currently held by former Camden Rivershark player Dwight Maness who had 3,242 at bats. Nettles currently has 3,239 at bats. Four more, which he should record by the end of the night, and he’ll break Maness’s record.