Bridgewater, NJ –Tonight the Somerset Patriots (16-5) host the Lancaster Barnstormers (8-12) for the first game of a three game weekend series. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. from TD Bank Ballpark. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. Somerset is 4-0 against Lancaster in 2016. The Patriots have won five of the first six series they’ve played in this year.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Lefty Efrain Nieves (2-0, 0.64 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while righty hurler Austin Bibens-Dirkx (1-2, 2.18 ERA) will toss for Lancaster.
Jon Hunton, entering his 5th year with the Patriots, set the all-time career league saves record on May 10th. He has 135 (126 coming with Somerset) while Jim Ed Warden had the previous record with 134. Hunton is 7-for-8 in save opportunities this year.
Eric Farris is tied for second in the league in RBI (13)
Formula Is Four
The Patriots are 14-1 when they score at least four runs
Last night the Patriots smacked a season-high four home runs. Prior to that contest they only tallied one homer over a nine game stretch.
Patience Is A Virtue
The Patriots have walked a league-high 85 times
Somerset has swiped the most bases in the league with 30. Nine different players have at least one stolen base.
RU Ready For Domination
Rutgers University product, Vinny Zarrillo, had 5 RBI in 23 games last year with Somerset. This year in 5 games he has 5 RBI. He has hit safely in all five games he has played in.
The Patriots bullpen boasts a collective 2.00 ERA. Relievers Evan Meek, Kyler Newby, and Gus Schlosser have yet to yield a run.
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