Bridgewater, NJ – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (1-1, 86-56) battle the Lancaster Barnstormers (1-1, 82-60) in Game Three of the Liberty Division Series. First pitch is scheduled from TD Bank Ballpark at 7:05 p.m. as the series shifts from the Keystone State to the Garden State. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. The best-of-five set is even at 1-1. Somerset went 11-9 against Lancaster in the regular season. The Patriots repeated as division title winners while the Stormers settled for the Wild Card slot.
Game One Recap
Somerset jumped out to a 1-0 lead but the Stormers scored three unanswered runs to win 3-1. The difference was a go ahead two run home run by Blake Gailen in the fourth inning.
Game Two Recap
Somerset erased a three run deficit heading into the bottom of the seventh inning to win 5-4 in 11 innings. The difference was a go ahead RBI double in the 11th by Jake Fox.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Righty Josh Lowey (3-0, 2.57 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow righty hurler Shunsuke Watanabe (8-2, 3.36 ERA) takes the hill for the Stormers. Lowey earned a no decision against Lancaster in his only start lasting six innings and giving up four runs. Watanabe was 2-1 in four games, three starts with a 5.40 ERA against Somerset in the 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). This is the Patriots 11th postseason appearance. This is the Barnstormers 4th postseason appearance.
Ty Wright is 6-for-9 in the postseason. He hit .369 against Lancaster in the regular season.
Limiting Long Ball
The Barnstormers drilled 154 home runs (52 more than any other team in league)
Lancaster went 44-26 at home and just 37-33 on the road
Pair Of MVPs
This series features the last two Atlantic League MVPs (Blake Gailen 2012, Jake Fox 2013)
One Base At A Time
The Patriots have 21 hits in this series and 19 of them have been for singles
The Patriots have 40 come from behind wins, 19 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 71-15 when they score four runs or more but only 15-41 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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