Lancaster, PA – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (0-0, 85-55) battle the Lancaster Barnstormers (0-0, 81-59) in Game One of the Liberty Division Series. First pitch is scheduled from Clipper Magazine Stadium at 7:00 p.m. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. Somerset went 11-9 against Lancaster in the regular season. The Patriots repeated as division title winners while the Stormers only won the second half title in their division.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Lefty Matt Maloney (10-8, 3.40 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while righty hurler Chris Schwinden (14-5, 2.56 ERA) takes the hill for the Stormers. Maloney was 1-0 in two starts with a 2.25 ERA against Lancaster in regular season. Schwinden was 1-1 in three starts with a 1.23 ERA against Somerset in regular season.
The Patriots are looking for their sixth title franchise history (2001, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2009). The Batnstormers are looking for their second title in franchise history (2006).
Limiting Long Ball
The Somerset Patriots have only surrendered one home run in their last seven games as a pitching staff. This bodes well because the Barnstormers drilled 154 home runs (52 more than any other team in league)
Pair Of MVPs
This series features the last two Atlantic League MVPs (Blake Gailen 2012, Jake Fox 2013)
Facing Former Mates
Daryle Ward played for Lancaster last year and smacked 17 HRs. This year in seven starts he has 8 RBI, 3 HRs and a .333 batting average.
The Patriots have 39 come from behind wins, 18 wins in their final at bat and seven walk-off wins this year
Closer Jon Hunton led the Atlantic League with 49 saves. That’s 21 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. Hunton has more saves than Bridgeport and Camden do overall wins.
The Patriots are 70-15 when they score four runs or more but only 15-40 when they score three runs or fewer.
Lucky Number Seven
The Patriots are 60-3 when they lead after seven innings
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