Lancaster, PA – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (8-7, 46-39) visit the Lancaster Barnstormers (6-9, 40-44) for the middle game of a three game weekend series. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. from Clipper Magazine Stadium. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. This is a matchup of the last two teams to win the Atlantic League Championship (Barnstormers 2014, Patriots 2015). Somerset is 10-5 against Lancaster in 2016 and an impressive 7-1 at Clipper Magazine Stadium which was the site of the All-Star Game earlier this month. Somerset won the series opener last night 3-2 as they turned a season-high four double plays.
Starting Pitching Matchup
Righty Randy Boone (0-0, 0.00 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow righty hurler Bryan Evans (3-6, 4.31 ERA) will toss for Lancaster. This is Boone’s first appearance with Somerset in 2016. Last year before bolting for Taiwan, he started 16 games for the Patriots and had a 5-3 record with a solid 2.80 ERA. Evans was one of eight All-Star representatives for the Barnstormers.
A Cut Above The Rest
David Vidal is hitting .355 this year when he only hit .259 last year. In 32 games he has 10 HRs and 25 RBI. He clubbed go ahead home runs in each of the last two nights. He has four home runs since Sunday. On the season he has 22 walks (six intentional)
LaHair Hammering Opposition
Bryan LaHair is tied for third in the Atlantic League in RBI with 49. 3 of his 7 homers have occurred at Clipper Magazine Stadium. Against the Barnstormers he has 14 RBI and a .353 BA
Eric Farris has tallied 33 hits in his last 20 games (33 for his last 79 so .418 BA). He has ten multi-hit games over that span. He has raised his batting average from .256 to .296. He has hit safely in 16 of the 20 contests
Carlos Guzman, who has missed the last 16 games with a left hamstring injury, has been activated for tonight’s game. He had 19 RBI in the month of June. The 2014 Atlantic League All-Star was hitting .258 with 7 HRs and 31 RBI in 60 games.
Jon Hunton is 15-for-15 in his last 15 save opportunities. His last blown save was May 21st
Somerset has swiped the most bases in the league with 117. That’s 26 more than the next closest team. Mycal Jones is second in the league with 27. Scott Kelly is fourth in the league with 26. Eric Farris is seventh in the league with 21.
I Wanna Be Like Mike
In his last 17 appearances Mike Thomas has logged 18.2 innings, yielded 0 runs, struck out 14 and walked two batters
Patience Is A Virtue
The Patriots have drawn 35 more walks than the next closest team in the league
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