Patriots Top Bluefish 7-2 To Open Weekend Series

526graysonfbBridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots (22-13) defeated the Bridgeport Bluefish (19-16) 7-2 at TD Bank Ballpark on Friday evening.

 

Tony Abreu got the Bluefish on the board early with a second inning solo home run (2).

 

The Patriots took the lead in the bottom of the third inning on a home run by Chris Grayson (1) and an RBI double by Aharon Eggleston for a 2-1 advantage.

 

“He was dialed in a little bit and making some good pitches,” said Grayson. “He fell behind and I was just looking for something up, really for a pitcher’s mistake. He left a changeup up. I wasn’t looking to do too much, but I hit it hard and thankfully it went out of the park.”

 

Carlos Guzman then extended the Patriots lead with a two-run single in the fifth inning that made the score 4-1.

 

“I was just trying to get something up that I could get in the air somewhere. He threw me a fastball I could handle and I put a good swing on it,” Guzman said.

 

Bridgeport got their second run in sixth inning on an RBI double by Sean Burroughs to cut the lead in half.

 

The Patriots plated three more runs in the seventh inning, highlighted by a two-run single by Yovan Gonzalez, to put the game away at 7-2.

 

Mitch Atkins (3-3) picked up the win, allowing two earned runs on four hits and eight strikeouts in 6.2 innings pitched. Tyler Badamo (1-2) took the loss, allowing four runs (three earned) on six hits in five innings pitched.

 

The 2017 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford will continue at home on Saturday night with a 7:05 pm game against the Bridgeport Bluefish. The game features a Post Game Fireworks Show.  For tickets, visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

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Today’s Game Preview: Friday, May 26th

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Bridgeport Bluefish (19-15) @ Somerset Patriots (21-13)

Game #35 * Friday, 5/26 * 7:05 ET * TD Bank Ballpark * Bridgewater, New Jersey

On The Air: WCTC-AM 1450; WCTCam.com Twitter: @SOMPatriots @MarcSchwartz26 @ChrisDrabik

Series at a Glance

Friday (7:05) SOM [RHP] Mitch Atkins (2-3, 4.13 ERA) vs BPT [RHP] Tyler Badamo (1-1, 1.33 ERA)
Saturday (7:05) SOM [LHP] Rick Teasley (2-0, 1.90 ERA) vs BPT [RHP] Rainy Lara (3-0, 2.25 ERA)
Sunday (1:05) SOM [RHP] David Kubiak (2-3, 3.53 ERA) vs BPT [RHP] Cory Riordan (1-2, 3.95 ERA)
Monday (1:05) SOM [TBA] VS BPT [RHP] Jonathan Albaladejo (3-2, 4.30 ERA)

Click here to view today’s complete game notes: GameNotes526

PLATINUM ANNIVERSARY: 2017 is Somerset’s 20th season as a franchise, an achievement that will be celebrated all season long. Having already won an Atlantic League-record six championships, the Patriots look looking to make it seven league titles in their 20th season of action.

CONGRATS ARE IN ORDER: Six Patriots have had their contracts purchased by MLB organizations in 2017. LHPs Jeremy Bleich (4/29) & Logan Darnell (5/9) both had their contracts purchased by the Los Angeles Dodgers, RHPs Tyler Cloyd (5/10) & Ryan Kelly (5/17) had their contracts purchased by the Seattle Mariners, LHP Aaron Laffey (5/15) went to the Arizona Diamondbacks and RHP Vin Mazzaro (5/18) is heading to the Cincinnati Reds. All six reported directly to their respective Triple-A affiliates. There have been 12 total players in the league this year who’s contracts have been purchased this year by Major League organizations; six of whom from Somerset.

YO GONZA GONZA: Second-year Patriot Yovan Gonzalez has reached base safely in 19 of the 21 games he has played this season, including a seven-game hit streak (4/28 – 5/6). Gonzalez is currently eight plate appearances (has 84, needs 92) shy of qualifying among league-leaders in batting, but his .361 average would otherwise rank fourth the Atlantic League.

NOT JUST PATCH WORK: Outfielder Justin Pacchioli has reached base in 14 of his last 16 games, including a nine-game hit streak (5/7-5/17). Over his last 16 games, Pacchioli is 19-51 (.373) with nine RBI, 11 runs & eight SB.

SCOTTY DOES KNOW: Infielder Scott Kelly has turned it on as of late, recording a hit in 12 of his last 15 games. Over that stretch, the fourth-year Patriot is 16-51 (.314) with eight runs scored, 10 RBI and five SB.

SANDS(TORM): Former MLBer Jerry Sands has reached base in 17-straight games, including a 10-game hit streak (5/9 – 5/17). Over that stretch, Sands is 23-60 (.383) with 6 HR, 22 RBI and 15 runs. Sands currently leads the league in RBI (33), XBH (21) & SLG (.607), tied for 1st in 2B (13) and tied for 2nd in HR (8).

WELCOME ABOARD: The Patriots have recently signed infielder Kyle Roller & outfielder Greg Golson. Roller enters his 2nd year in Somerset (.284/10/40 in 52 games), while the former MLBer Golson enters his 1st year w/ Patriots.

MyRewards Code: Enter fish out of water 17 into the Patriots mobile app to earn exclusive MyRewards points!

YOU DONE RIGHT, A-AHARON: 5th-year outfielder Aharon Eggleston currently ranks 10th in the Atlantic League in batting (.311), and is 12-31 (.387) over his last nine games with a home run, five RBI and a stolen base.

TOP 20: All season long, the Somerset Patriots will be unveiling their Top 20 players in franchise history. INF Jake Fox was just named the 15th greatest Patriot of all time. Follow along all season to find out who will join him!

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Somerset Patriots Add Major League Outfielder Greg Golson

Golson BlogsBridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots have announced the signing of outfielder Greg Golson.

 

Golson enters his first season with the Somerset Patriots and his fourth in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. His Atlantic League career includes 2013-14 with the Lancaster Barnstormers and 2016 with the New Britain Bees.

 

Last season, Golson was a key member of the New Britain offense, batting .292 with 111 hits, three home runs, 40 runs scored and 18 stolen bases.

 

Golson was originally drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 1st round of the 2004 MLB June Amateur Draft out of high school. The Austin, Texas native worked his way up through the Philadelphia Phillies organization, ultimately making his MLB debut on September 3, 2008.

 

Golson’s major league career consists of 40 games from 2008-2011 while playing for the Phillies, Texas Rangers, and the New York Yankees. As a big leaguer, Golson notched eight hits with two doubles, two RBI, and six runs scored.

 

Prior to joining Somerset, Golson played in 27 games this season with Quintana Roo of the Mexican League, batting .260 with 11 runs scored and nine RBI.

 

Over his 14-year career, Golson owns a .272 career batting average with 90 home runs, 572 RBI, and 293 stolen bases in 1,418 career games.

 

Golson has been activated for this weekend’s series against the Bridgeport Bluefish this weekend.

 

Tickets to the 2017 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford, which includes the team’s 20th Anniversary, are on sale now. TD Bank Ballpark will be the host of the 2017 Atlantic League All-Star Game presented by RWJBarnabas Health and Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey on Wednesday, July 12th. For more information, stop by the ballpark, call (908) 252-0700, or visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

 

About The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB)

The Atlantic League has been a leader in professional baseball and a gateway to Major League Baseball since 1998. Over 36 million fans have attended Atlantic League games and more than 800 players and 50 managers and coaches have joined MLB organizations directly from the ALPB. The Atlantic League emphasizes winning baseball games, showcasing the talent of top-caliber players and offering affordable family entertainment to metropolitan markets serving nearly 15% of the US population.

 

For more information, please visit www.atlanticleague.com.

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Somerset Patriots Re-Sign 1B Kyle Roller

Roller17 BlogsBridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots have announced the re-signing of first baseman Kyle Roller.

 

Roller enters his second season with the Somerset Patriots and in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. Previously, he spent the first six seasons of his career with the New York Yankees organization before playing the first half of 2016 with the Tampa Bay Rays organization.

 

Roller was signed in July of last year, playing in 52 games with the Somerset Patriots. Over that stretch, he hit for a .284 batting average with 10 home runs and 40 RBI. Roller reached base at a .401 clip while serving as the Patriots primary first baseman/designated hitter.

 

The former East Carolina University standout was originally drafted by the Yankees in the 8th round of the 2010 MLB June Amateur Draft. Roller worked his way up through the minor leagues, ultimately playing three straight seasons at the Triple-A level, including the beginning of the 2016 season with the Durham Bulls.

 

In 2014 for Scranton/ Wilkes-Barre, Roller hit 17 home runs and drove in 51 runs in 104 games. In two seasons with the Railriders, Roller hit 31 home runs with 110 RBI.

 

Over his seven year career, Roller holds a .266 career batting average with 111 home runs and 427 runs batted in 772 career games.

 

Roller will be activated Friday for the series against the Bridgeport Bluefish.

 

Tickets to the 2017 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford, which includes the team’s 20th Anniversary, are on sale now. TD Bank Ballpark will be the host of the 2017 Atlantic League All-Star Game presented by RWJBarnabas Health and Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey on Wednesday, July 12th. For more information, stop by the ballpark, call (908) 252-0700, or visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

 

About The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB)

The Atlantic League has been a leader in professional baseball and a gateway to Major League Baseball since 1998. Over 36 million fans have attended Atlantic League games and more than 800 players and 50 managers and coaches have joined MLB organizations directly from the ALPB. The Atlantic League emphasizes winning baseball games, showcasing the talent of top-caliber players and offering affordable family entertainment to metropolitan markets serving nearly 15% of the US population.

 

For more information, please visit www.atlanticleague.com.

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Top 20 Patriots: #15 Jake Fox

topfb foxBridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots have announced that infielder/catcher Jake Fox has been voted as the #15 Patriot in team history.

 

The Top 20 Patriots presented by AT&T is a season-long promotion as part of the team’s 20th Season. The Top 20 Patriots were voted on by the fans and ranked by an expert panel of team officials, media, and long-time fans.

 

“Somerset will always have a special place in my heart. Brett Jodie found me when I was in a difficult time with my career,” said Fox. “Playing for him and for the organization reminded me why I love to play the game. Somerset provides an experience far beyond what fans see from the seats. It gives players a place they can figure out who they are and what kind of player they want to be. Restoring love for the game is rare and unique. It is a quality I have only found playing for the Patriots.”

 

The 2013 Atlantic League Player of the Year was leading the Atlantic League with 25 home runs and 82 RBI and was among the league leaders in several offensive categories including a .310 batting average when the Arizona Diamondbacks purchased his contract in-season. Despite playing in just 96 games for Somerset that season, Fox’s numbers still ranked among the top in the league against players that played an entire season with their teams.

 

The same year, Fox won three consecutive games with walk off hits. Beginning on August 2nd, Fox hit a walk off single with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth to lead the Patriots to a win over the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs. On August 3rd, he completed the Patriots come from behind victory with a bases loaded single to left center field in the 11th inning. Then on August 4th, Fox hit a walk off solo home run in the bottom of the 11th inning to complete the three-game sweep.

 

“Some of my greatest baseball memories have come from my time in Somerset. One that really stands out was the three walk off hits I had in three consecutive games. I still remember the third game when I hit a walk off home run. I can still see the look on Shane Spencer’s face as I approached third base. I remember racing him to home plate where I was bombarded by the rest of the team. We had tight team chemistry and it was amazing to celebrate with guys I had so much respect for. Very few times in my career did I ever enjoy a celebration as much,” Fox remarked.

 

Fox first joined Somerset during the 2012 season and had a .388 average with 31 hits, six doubles, a triple, seven home runs and 20 RBI in 21 games before signing with the Philadelphia Phillies in early August.

 

Prior to coming to the Patriots, Fox had spent parts of four seasons at the Major League level, where he has accumulated 116 hits, 28 doubles, two triples, 20 homeruns, and 73 RBI in 193 career games. He has Big League service with the Chicago Cubs, Oakland Athletics and Baltimore Orioles.

 

For his time in Somerset, Fox had a career .326 average, 153 hits, 32 home runs and 104 RBI in 122 games played.

 

“I am honored to be a part of Patriots history and I look forward to their continued success as an organization. I will always be a Patriot at heart and I am proud of what they represent. I want to thank all the fans for their support and I wish this year’s team the best of luck. Go Patriots,” Fox added.
The Top 20 Patriots presented by AT&T will be counted down each week throughout the 2017 season. For more information, visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

 

Tickets to the 2017 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford, which includes the team’s 20th Anniversary, are on sale now. TD Bank Ballpark will be the host of the 2017 Atlantic League All-Star Game presented by RWJBarnabas Health and Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey on Wednesday, July 12th. For more information, stop by the ballpark, call (908) 252-0700, or visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

 

About The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB)

The Atlantic League has been a leader in professional baseball and a gateway to Major League Baseball since 1998. Over 36 million fans have attended Atlantic League games and more than 800 players and 50 managers and coaches have joined MLB organizations directly from the ALPB. The Atlantic League emphasizes winning baseball games, showcasing the talent of top-caliber players and offering affordable family entertainment to metropolitan markets serving nearly 15% of the US population.

 

For more information, please visit www.atlanticleague.com.

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