Lancaster, PA – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (14-7, 64-27) begin a four game wrap around weekend series with the Lancaster Barnstormers (13-7, 41-49) as this series features two first place squads. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at Clipper Magazine Stadium. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. The Barnstormers have won seven in a row while the Patriots are 10-2 in their last 12 games. Somerset is 12-2 against Lancaster in 2015. This is a rematch of last year’s postseason first round series. The Barnstormers are the reigning Atlantic League Champions.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Lefty Matt Zielinski (6-1, 2.39 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while righty hurler Ray Hudson (2-0, 1.80 ERA) will toss for Lancaster
Eggs Sunny Side Up
All-Star Aharon Eggleston snapped his 20 game hitting streak on Saturday. That was the longest hitting streak by any Atlantic League player this season. He has reached base in 32 straight games.
The Patriots begin a seven game road trip tonight and are in the midst of playing 14 of 17 on the road. They boast the best road record in the Atlantic League at 32-12
The Patriots are 8-0 in Matt Zielinski’s last eight starts
The Patriots are 12-2 on games played on a Friday
The Patriots boast the best record in the Atlantic League and have secured a postseason bid for the third consecutive season and for the 12th time in the franchise’s 18 years of existence. The Patriots are 1st Half Liberty Division Champions.
The Patriots have established an Atlantic League record for most wins in a single half with 50. The previous high was 48 done once by the 2005 Atlantic City Surf and once by the 2013 Sugar Land Skeeters.
Mat Is Back
Since July 15th Mat Gamel has raised his batting average from .143 to .186. Over his last 11 games he has 11 RBI and is 15-for-42 which is good for a .357 batting average
Jon Hunton is converted his last 14 save chances successfully.
Andino The Bambino
Robert Andino hit .186 in May, .276 in June, .333 in July. He has hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games
The Patriots have already played 13 extra inning games and have 18 wins in their final at bat including nine walk-off wins
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.