Lancaster, PA – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (27-22) visit the Lancaster Barnstormers (25-22) for the rubber match of the 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 6-3 against the Barnstormers this year. Lancaster won 6-4 Saturday in large part due to a Mike McDade go ahead home run in the eighth inning. Somerset was triumphant yesterday as Bryan LaHair went 3-for-5 with 2 HRs and 5 RBI. Here is audio courtesy of WCTC of LaHair’s second homer of the afternoon. This is the final meeting in the first half between these two teams.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Left Darin Gorski (3-2, 4.37 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while righty hurler Terry Doyle (2-2, 4.84 ERA) will toss for Lancaster.
Darin Gorski grew up in Mount Joy, PA which is 12 miles from Clipper Magazine Stadium. He already has a win at this venue as he won on April 28th in front of 20 friends/family
With 21 games remaining, the Patriots and the Ducks are tied in the Liberty Division race. The Patriots do indeed own the tiebreaker. The New Britain Bees are 3.0 back. Somerset plays New Britain seven more times. Long Island plays New Britain three more times starting tonight for a series at Bethpage Ballpark. Meanwhile the Barnstormers are 2.5 back of the Revolution in the Freedom Division Race.
Start Me Up
Over the last 11 games the starting pitchers are boasting a 3.09 ERA (24 earned runs in 70.0 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
Bashing The Barn
Against Lancaster pitching this year, Bryan LaHair is 13-for-28 (.464) with 3 HRs. He has 5 HRs all year and 60 percent are against the Barnstormers.
Extra Extra Reid All About It
Ryan Reid, in three appearances since signing, has thrown 3.1 scoreless innings. He was a former MLB relief pitcher with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2013 and began year in Miami Marlins organization.
Somerset has swiped the most bases in the league with 77. That’s 24 more than the next closest team. Scott Kelly leads the league with 21. Mycal Jones is second in league with 17.
Going Down To Go Up
Trayvon Robinson is 17-for-52 (.326) with 3 HRs and 10 RBI since being dropped in the batting order to the sixth or seventh or eighth hole. This is all during the last 13 games. He has six home runs this year when he had three all of last year.
Patience Is A Virtue
The Patriots have drawn 15 more walks than the next closest team in the league
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