Bridgewater, NJ – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (24-10) host the Lancaster Barnstormers (18-19) at TD Bank Ballpark for the first game of a three game midweek series featuring these Freedom Division foes. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. The Patriots are coming off of a series sweep against the Bluefish. This past weekend the Barnstormers handed the Skeeters their first series loss of the year.
Yesterday the Patriots compiled a season-high in runs (16) and hits (20) in a 16-11 win over the Bluefish. The Patriots slugged three home runs and the follow is audio of the three mammoth blasts courtesy of WCTC…
Audio clip of Luis Montanez’s three run home run in the first inning
Audio clip of Jake Fox’s three run home run in the second inning
Audio clip of Jake Fox’s three run home run in the third inning
Starting Pitching Matchup
Righty Mitch Atkins (3-1, 3.96 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow righty hurler Brian Grening (1-2, 2.36 ERA) will take the hill for the Barnstormers.
Freedom Division Update
The Sugar Land Skeeters (29-8) currently lead the Freedom Division by 3.5 games over the Patriots. Somerset has played three fewer games than Sugar Land.
Lancaster is 18-5 since the start of the 2012 season against Somerset
Jake Can Rake
Jake Fox leads the Atlantic League with 12 home runs.
Getting Smitty With It
After tallying zero homers through his first 23 games, Corey Smith now has five home runs over his last 11 games.
Eddy Martinez-Esteve leads the Atlantic League in batting average hitting at a tremendous .384 clip. He has a comfortable 27 point lead over the next best hitter in the league which is Steve Moss of Sugar Land. Martinez-Esteve has hit safely in 13 of his last 14 games and has 10 multi-hit games over his last 14 contests.
Better Than Average
The Patriots have four players in the top 15 in the Atlantic League in batting average: Martinez-Esteve (1st .384), Montanez (T-4th, .331), Smith (6th, .328), Fox (11th, .315)
Luis Montanez and Jake Fox are tied for 2nd in the AL in RBI (31). Corey Smith has the 6th most RBI in the AL (26).
The Patriots are 21-5 when they score four or more runs. The Patriots are 3-5 when they score 3 or fewer runs.
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 7:05 p.m. on 1450 AM WCTC or www.wctcam.com.