Lancaster, PA – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (26-21) visit the Lancaster Barnstormers (24-21) for the first game of a three game series. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. from Clipper Magazine Stadium. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. The Patriots are 5-2 against the Barnstormers this year. This is the final series in the first half between these two teams. Both teams are fresh because they both had an off day yesterday.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Righty Shaun Garceau (1-2, 5.77 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow righty hurler Austin Bibens-Dirkx (3-3, 3.91 ERA) will toss for Lancaster.
With 23 games reamaing, the Patriots and the Ducks are tied in the Liberty Division race. The Patriots do indeed own the tiebreaker. The New Britain Bees are 2.0 back. Somerset plays New Britain seven more times. Long Island plays New Britain three more times. Meanwhile the Barnstormers are 2.5 back of the Revolution.
Start Me Up
Over the last nine games the starting pitchers are boasting a 2.52 ERA (16 earned runs in 57.1 innings).
Time To Grind
From June 11th to July 9th the Somerset Patriots do not have an off day. They are playing 30 straight games to close the first half.
Patriots are in the midst of playing 13 of 16 on the road
Eggs Sunny Side Up
Aharon Eggleston has hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games. He is a two-time Atlantic League All-Star.
He has one RBI in four of his last seven games. He has hit safely in six of his last seven contests.
Somerset has swiped the most bases in the league with 72. That’s 21 more than the next closest team. Scott Kelly leads the league with 20. Mycal Jones is second in league with 16.
Going Down To Go Up
Trayvon Robinson is 16-for-47 (.340) with 3 HRs and 9 RBI since being dropped in the batting order to the sixth or seventh or eighth hole. This is all during the last 12 games. He has six home runs this year when he had three all of last year.
Patience Is A Virtue
The Patriots have drawn 14 more walks than the next closest team in the league
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