Bridgewater, NJ – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (33-26, 83-46) host the Lancaster Barnstormers (39-21, 67-63) for the first game of a three game weekend series. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at TD Bank Ballpark. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. The Patriots are 13-5 against the Barnstormers in 2015. This is a rematch of last year’s first round postseason series. Both these squads are in first place in their respective divisions this half.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Lefty Roy Merritt (0-0, 0.00 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while righty hurler Chad Beck (3-3, 5.20 ERA) will toss for Lancaster
Roy My Boy
This will by Roy Merritt’s first outing with Somerset in 2015. He began the year with Sugar Land and was 7-5 with a 2.52 ERA in 19 games and 17 starts. Merritt was with Somerset from 2012-14 and was an All-Star his first year. He started three playoff games for Somerset the last two years. His lifetime Somerset ERA is 2.84.
Second Half Race
Somerset leads the Second Half Liberty Division race by 2.0 games over Long Island and 6.0 games over Bridgeport. There are only 11 games remaining in the regular season.
History On Horizon?
The Patriots must go 8-3 in their final 11 games to set a franchise record for most overall wins in a season. The franchise record is 90 accomplished in 2013.
Greg Hopkins has hit safely in 15 of his last 18 games. He is in the midst of a season-high 8 game hitting streak where over than span he has 2 HRs, 9 RBI and is hitting .355
Thomas Neal has 8 multi-hit games in his last 12 contests
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.
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 7:05 p.m. eastern on 1450 AM WCTC or www.wctcam.com.