Lancaster, PA – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (39-20, 85-44) visit the Lancaster Barnstormers (32-28, 68-61) for the final 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. The two squads have split the first to games to force a rubber match tonight. Somerset is 11-8 against Lancaster thus far on the year.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Lefty Roy Merritt (3-2, 2.23 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while righty hurler Dwayne Pollok (18-3, 2.92 ERA) will take the hill for the Stormers.
The Patriots magic number to clinch the postseason is 1 (any combination of Sugar Land wins and/or Lancaster losses). The Patriots look to make the playoffs for the first time since 2010. If Somerset wins tonight they’re in!
The Patriots have won 35 of their last 44 games, 23 of their last 28, 20 of their last 24 games and 7 of last 9. 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 2.0 games in the second half Freedom Division race.
History In The Making
If Somerset goes 2-9 in its final 11 games they’ll achieve the most single season wins in Patriots franchise history. In 2009 the Pats won 86 games.
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 (695). They also have the best team batting average (.278).
The Patriots bullpen has thrown 96.0 innings in the month of August and only allowed 23 runs. That’s good for a microscopic 2.17 ERA.
The Patriots are 72-16 when they score four or more runs. The Patriots are 13-28 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.