Lancaster, PA – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (20-13, 67-36) travel to the Keystone State to battle the Lancaster Barnstormers (17-15, 56-46) for the first game of a two game midweek series. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. from Clipper Magazine Stadium. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. Somerset is 8-6 against Lancaster in 2014.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Lefty David Purcey (1-0, 2.28 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow southpaw Dan Osterbrock (8-3, 3.62 ERA) takes the hill for the Stormers.
The Patriots have lost two games in a row. The last time they lost three games in a row was early May three months ago.
Welcome Back Big Don
In Adam Donachie’s first start in 12 games he tallied a multi-hit game yesterday
Daryle Ward returns to Clipper Magazine Stadium for the first time since he played for Lancaster last year. He hit 17 homers for the Barnstormers in 2013.
Closer Jon Hunton leads the Atlantic League with 35 saves. That’s eight more than anyone else in the league. He has only blown two saves since June 1st. Hunton is three saves away from breaking the single season Patriots record for most saves in a year and Hunton is six saves away from breaking the Atlantic League record for most saves in a year.
Brian Barden had two homers in his first 44 games but he has three homers in his last 10 games.
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 trying to repeat as half division title winners. They currently lead the 2nd Half Liberty Division standings by 6.0 games over Bridgeport.
The Patriots are 57-8 when they score four runs or more but only 10-28 when they score three runs or fewer.
Walk This Way
As an offense Somerset has drawn the most walks in the Atlantic League (364)
Lucky Number Seven
The Patriots are 46-2 when they lead after seven innings
New to our media network this week is an episode of the Reporter Round Table starring Josh Pressley. The next SPN.TV live stream game will be on Wednesday, August 20th.
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. eastern on 1450 AM WCTC or www.wctcam.com.