Lancaster, PA – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (38-19, 84-43) visit the Lancaster Barnstormers (31-27, 67-60) for the first game of a three game midweek series featuring these Freedom Division foes. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. from Clipper Magazine Stadium. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. Somerset is 10-7 against Lancaster thus far on the year.
Yesterday afternoon Yunesky Sanchez clubbed a go ahead home run in the eighth inning. Here is the audio clip of the majestic blast.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Lefty Graham Taylor (9-5, 3.48 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow southpaw Rich Rundles (3-5, 5.14 ERA) will take the hill for the Stormers.
The Patriots magic number to clinch the postseason is 3 (any combination of Sugar Land wins and/or Lancaster losses). The Patriots look to make the playoffs for the first time since 2010.
The Patriots have won 34 of their last 42 games, 22 of their last 26, 19 of their last 22 games, 12 of last 14 and 6 of last 7. Somerset has won seven consecutive series.
The Patriots lead the Barnstormers by 17.0 games in the wild card. The Patriots trail the Skeeters by 3.0 games in the second half Freedom Division race.
Jonny Tucker is in the midst of a 11 game hitting streak.
The Somerset Patriots have not lost back-to-back games since July 19th & July 21st
Offensive Fire Power
The Patriots have scored the most runs in the Atlantic League (687). They also have the best team batting average (.279).
The Patriots bullpen has thrown 93.1 innings in the month of August and only allowed 21 runs. That’s good for a microscopic 2.03 ERA.
The Patriots are 71-16 when they score four or more runs. The Patriots are 13-27 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 7:00 p.m. on 1450 AM WCTC or www.wctcam.com.