Bridgewater, NJ – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (11-9, 57-32) host the Lancaster Barnstormers (11-8, 50-38) for a doubleheader at TD Bank Ballpark. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. Game one is scheduled for 5:05 p.m. while game two will take place 30 minutes after the conclusion of game one. Each contest will be seven innings. Game one will count towards the first half standings. Game two will count towards the second half standings.
Starting Pitching Matchup Game One
Righty David Harden (0-0, 0.00 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow righty hurler Shunsuke Watanabe (3-1, 3.80 ERA) takes the hill for the Stormers.
Starting Pitching Matchup Game Two
Lefty Matt Zielinski (7-4, 3.55 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while righty hurler Cory Wade (2-2, 4.06 ERA) takes the hill for the Stormers.
Closer Jon Hunton leads the Atlantic League with 31 saves. That’s seven more than anyone else in the league. He has only blown one save since June 1st.
Home Sweet Home
Somerset is in the midst of playing 17 of 20 games at home
Barden’s Locked In
Brian Barden has hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games and is hitting over .300 in that span
Ty Wright is hitting .369 in the month of July
The Somerset Patriots are the 2014 1st Half Liberty Division Champions! This is their 13th Half Title in franchise history as the Patriots are going to the playoffs for some serious September baseball! The Patriots have elected to take the back three games of the first round series at home so they will open up the postseason on the road. Tickets are on sale by calling 908-252-0700.
The Patriots are 50-7 when they score four runs or more but only 7-25 when they score three runs or fewer.
Walk This Way
As an offense Somerset has drawn the most walks in the Atlantic League (305)
Lucky Number Seven
The Patriots are 40-2 when they lead after seven innings
New to our media network this week is an episode of the Brett Jodie Show. The next SPN.TV live stream game will be on Friday, August 1st.
Be sure to follow the Patriots on twitter @SOMPatriots for immediate updates. Listen the Patriots play-by-play voice Justin Antweil broadcast the games starting at 7:05 p.m. eastern on 1450 AM WCTC or www.wctcam.com.