Lancaster, PA – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (7-0) visit the Lancaster Barnstormers (5-2) for the first game of a four game weekend series. This is Somerset’s first road contest while it’s Lancaster’s home opener. First pitch from Clipper Magazine Stadium is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. These two squads have the top two records in the Atlantic League one week into 2016.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Lefty Jeremy Horst (0-0, 1.80 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while righty hurler Austin Bibens-Dirtx (1-0, 1.80 ERA) will toss for Lancaster.
Fatigue A Factor?
Somerset played 18 innings of baseball yesterday combined in their day-night doubleheader. Lancaster played 10 innings last night plus had to fly from Texas to Pennsylvania this morning.
Survival of Fittest
Somerset is the lone unbeaten team in the Atlantic League
Somerset has four come from behind wins this season. Twice they have erased three run deficits.
Patriots bullpen this year: 31.1 innings, 18 hits, 9 BBs, 4 earned runs which is good for a 1.16 ERA
The Patriots lead the league in homers with six. They’ve been hit by five different players.
The Patriots are 13-for-13 in stolen bases this year. Scott Kelly paces the way with five swiped bags.
Mike Thomas has tossed 6.0 scoreless innings to start his Somerset tenure. Efrain Nieves has tossed 8.0 scoreless innings to start his Somerset tenure.
Hello Mr. Robinson
Trayvon Robinson is in the midst of a modest five game hitting streak
Jon Hunton, entering his 5th year with the Patriots, is five saves away from becoming the all-time saves leader in Atlantic League history. He currently has 130. Jim Ed Warden, formerly of Southern Maryland, holds the mark with 134.
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