Lancaster, PA – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (20-8) visit the Lancaster Barnstormers (13-17) at Clipper Magazine Stadium for the first game of a three game midweek series featuring these Freedom Division foes. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. This is the first meeting of the year between these two squads. The Patriots have won four games in a row.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Righty Mitch Atkins (3-1, 3.68 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while southpaw Horacio Ramirez (0-0, 3.60 ERA) will take the hill for the Barnstormers.
Freedom Division Update
The Sugar Land Skeeters (25-5) currently lead the Freedom Division by 4.0 games over the Patriots.
Getting Smitty With It
Corey Smith has a 14 game hitting streak. During the streak Smith is hitting .37 (23-for-61) with 18 RBI. He has at least one RBI in each of his last eight games.
Time To Grind
Beginning tonight the Patriots play 48 games in 48 days until the All-Star break.
Better Than Average
The Patriots have three players in the top 10 in the Atlantic League in batting average: Martinez-Esteve (1st .364), Smith (T-4th .339), Montanez (9th .319)
Jake Can Rake
Jake Fox leads the Atlantic League with nine home runs.
The Patriots are 17-4 when they score four or more runs. The Patriots are 3-4 when they score 3 or fewer runs.
Patience Is A Virtue
The Patriots are second in the Atlantic League as a team with 115 walks drawn as an offense. Somerset has also issued the fewest walks as a pitching staff giving up only 65 free passes on the year.
Be sure to follow the Patriots on twitter @SOMPatriots for immediate updates. Listen the Patriots play-by-play voice Justin Antweil broadcast the game starting at 7:00 p.m. on 1450 AM WCTC or www.wctcam.com.