Lancaster, PA – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (29-26, 76-49) travel to the Keystone state to battle the Lancaster Barnstormers (32-22, 71-53) for the final game of a four game midweek series from Clipper Magazine Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Download tonight’s comprehensive game notes. Somerset is 10-9 against Lancaster in 2014. Tonight marks the final game of a long nonstop eight game road trip.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Righty Gary Moran (10-4, 4.31 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow righty hurler Chris Schwinden (13-3, 2.62 ERA) takes the hill for the Stormers.
Spinning In Opposite Directions
The Patriots have lost 8 of their last 10 while the Barnstormers have won 13 of their last 14.
The Patriots are trying to repeat as half division title winners. They currently lead the 2nd Half Liberty Division standings by 0.5 games over Long Island with 15 games to go. The Ducks own the second half tiebreaker should they both finish with identical second half records.
The Patriots have surrendered at least 10 hits in 13 straight games to their opposition
The Patriots have scored double digit runs in three of their last five games.
Luis Montanez has hit safely in 11 of last 12 games. Corey Smith has hit safely in 21 of last 23 games. Ty Wright has hit safely in 12 of last 13 games.
The Patriots have 36 come from behind wins, 18 wins in their final at bat and seven walk-off wins this year
Closer Jon Hunton leads the Atlantic League with 43 saves. That’s 15 more than anyone else in the league. Hunton has already set the Atlantic League single season saves record as he broke Mike Guilfoyle’s record of 40 done in 2003 with Bridgeport.
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 63-14 when they score four runs or more but only 13-35 when they score three runs or fewer.
Walk This Way
As an offense Somerset has drawn the most walks in the Atlantic League (424)
Lucky Number Seven
The Patriots are 51-3 when they lead after seven innings
New to our media network this week is an episode of Kids Corner. The next live stream broadcast will be Friday, September 5th at TD Bank Ballpark against the York Revolution.
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.