Somerset Patriots (5-0, 40-28) vs. Lancaster Barnstormers (1-4, 39-29)
Game #69 * Sunday, July 15th * 5:05 pm * TD Bank Ballpark * Bridgewater, NJ
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Series at a Glance
Friday (7:05 pm) SOM def. LAN 2-1:Teasley 6 IP, 0 R, 9 K; Rodriguez RBI single, extends OB streak to 20; Kelly 12th SV
Saturday (7:05 pm) SOM def. LAN 3-1; Kubiak 7 IP, 1 R, 5 K; Ramon Flores 2-run HR; Massey SAC fly RBI; Kelly 13th SV
Sunday (5:05 pm) SOM [RHP] Cory Riordan (3-3, 3.26 ERA) vs LAN [RHP] Brooks Hall (6-2, 4.52 ERA)
Click here to view today’s complete game note: GAME NOTES 7.15.18
1ST HALF LIBERTY DIVISION CHAMPIONS: The Patriots have clinched their 7th half division title under manager Brett Jodie and their league-record 19th half championship in franchise history. Somerset is now guaranteed a playoff spot.
ALL THE STARS: Somerset took over the 2018 Atlantic League All-Star Game on 7/11 in Long Island. RHP Cory Riordan and LHP Duane Below both tossed scoreless innings, while Patriots’ batters Alfredo Rodriguez, Julio Borbon and Mike Fransoso accounted for all four Liberty Division runs. Rodriguez was named the game’s MVP after he went 3-for-3 with both the game-tying and winning RBIs.
YOU GET NOTHING; GOOD DAY: The Patriots have not allowed more than one run in any of their five second-half games yet (all wins). Overall, the pitching staff has yielded four earned runs over 50 innings (0.72 ERA) with 62 strikeouts against 13 walks. The bullpen has allowed one run over 15.1 innings (0.59 ERA).
KUUUUUBIAK: David Kubiak turned in another stellar effort on Saturday night, going seven innings or more for the third straight start to pick up his fifth win of the year. He allowed four hits, walked three, and struck out five to lower his ERA to 2.32. Over his last three starts, Kubiak is 2-0 with a 1.25 ERA, 23 K in 21.2 IP.
SLICK RICK: Rick Teasley snapped a personal 2-game losing streak by delivering six shutout innings against Lancaster on 7/13, giving up just three hits and two walks while striking out nine (a season high). Teasley improved his record at home to 4-2 and lowered his ERA at TD Bank Ballpark to just 2.51.
KD TREY-ONE: Kyle Davies has been lights out in his last three starts, winning all three and combining for 18.2 shutout innings. During that stretch, he has allowed just 12 hits, six walks, and has 16 K. His ERA has gone from 5.00 to 2.96. He has now gone 19.1 consecutive innings without allowing a run.
RAZOR RAMON: Ramon Flores has been sharp since his arrival to Somerset. He launched a go-ahead two-run homerun in the 3-1 win vs Lancaster on 7/14, and is now batting .300 with three RBI, three runs scored, and owns an .841 OPS.
SASSY MASSEY: IF Craig Massey has a hit in 15 of 17 and has reached base safely in 19 of last 21. He is 30-for-83 (.361) over this stretch. Massey, now a qualified batter, ranks first in OBP (.439), and second in hitting (.348).
NUMBAH ONE: Mike Fransoso has reached base safely in 14 of the last 15 games and 21 of his last 23 games. He is batting .333 (18-54) with four runs, six extra base hits, five walks and 10 RBI in his last 15 games. His .405 on-base percentage ranks fifth in the league, while his .309 average ranks 10th.
SPEEDY PACCHIOLI: Justin Pacchioli has seven steals in nine July games, and is 15-for-15 in attempts this season. He finished 4th in the league last year (35).
INSANE DUANE: LHP Duane Below has allowed seven earned runs over his last 31.2 IP (1.99 ERA) and ranks third in the league in BAA (.213) and WHIP (1.03), fourth in ERA (2.98), and fifth in BB/9 (1.85). He has won four-straight decisions.
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