Bridgewater, NJ – Today the Somerset Patriots (27-11) host the Lancaster Barnstormers (16-23) for the second game of a four game series as it is a playoff rematch from a year ago. First pitch is scheduled for 11:05 a.m. from TD Bank Ballpark. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. Somerset is 4-0 against Lancaster this year. The Patriots have won four in a row. The Patriots boast the best home record in the Atlantic League (14-4) while the Barnstormers boast the worst road record in the Atlantic League (3-16).
Starting Pitching Matchup
Righty David Harden (3-1, 1.10 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow righty hurler Joe Gardner (0-0, 0.00 ERA) will toss for Lancaster
The Patriots begin the day 5.5 games up on Long Island in the First Half Liberty Division race with 32 games to go.
Keystone State Dominance
The Patriots are 10-1 against teams from the state of Pennsylvania
Somerset is 5-0 on games played on a Thursday
Somerset is 6-0-1 in its last seven series
The Patriots have established a new high-water mark of being 16 games above .500
The Patriots are 18-1 when leading after six innings. The bullpen collective ERA is 1.76. The bullpen has thrown 17.0 consecutive scoreless innings since last Wednesday (May 27th).
The Patriots first 36 games featured only one complete game from the pitching staff. Now Randy Boone & Sean Bierman have hurled back-to-back complete games.
Infielder Scott Kelly is 6-for-10 with three bunt singles and three RBI in his last three starts
Lucky Number 2
The Patriots are 16-1 when Aharon Eggleston bats in the two-hole
Time To Grind
From May 27th to July 5th the Patriots play 40 games in 40 days. Only one scheduled off day during that time frame.
Setting The Tone
The Patriots are 19-2 this year when they score first
The Patriots are 14-2 when the smack a home run
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 11:05 a.m. eastern on 1450 AM WCTC or www.wctcam.com.