July 30th Game Notes; Bluefish @ Patriots

Bridgewater, NJ – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (12-10, 50-42) host the Bridgeport Bluefish (12-10, 42-50) for the third game of a four game weekend series. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. from TD Bank Ballpark. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. There will be a video stream via SPN.TV.  Long Island is 1.0 up on both Somerset and Bridgeport in the second half standings. Somerset is 7-5 against Bridgeport in 2016. The Patriots notched their 29th come from behind win by taking the series opener Thursday night 4-3. Bridgeport received a go ahead grand slam from Jose Gil last night to win 6-5. Somerset is looking for its fourth straight playoff appearance while Bridgeport has not qualified since 2010.gameday1

Starting Pitching Matchup

Righty Will Oliver (1-1, 3.16 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow righty hurler David Kubiak (4-2, 2.67 ERA) will toss for Bridgeport.

A Cut Above The Rest

In 124 games last year, David Vidal had 12 HRs. In 39 games this year, David Vidal has 13 HRs. He is in the midst of a season-high 10 game hitting streak. He has homered in three of his last four games.

Getting Better Month By Month

Yovan Gonzalez hit .208 in May. Hit .237 in June. In July is hitting .277.

Same Old Storey

In 12 outings as a starting pitcher Mickey Storey had a 7.01 ERA. In five outings as a reliever Mickey Storey has thrown 8.1 scoreless innings.

Home Sweet Home

Carlos Guzman bats .194 on the road but .318 at home

E-Roc Nation

Eric Farris has tallied 43 hits in his last 26 games (43 for his last 101 so .425 BA). He has fourteen multi-hit games over that span. He has raised his batting average from .256 to .306. He has hit safely in 22 of the 26 contests.

Closing Time

Jon Hunton is 17-for-17 in his last 17 save opportunities. His last blown save was May 21st. He is tied for first in the league in saves at 24 with Mike DeMark of York.

Somerset Speedsters

Somerset has swiped the most bases in the league with 126. That’s 22 more than the next closest team. Mycal Jones is third in the league with 30. Scott Kelly is fourth in the league with 26. Eric Farris is sixth in the league with 23.

I Wanna Be Like Mike

In his last 21 appearances Mike Thomas has logged 21.2 innings, yielded 1 earned run, struck out 17 and walked two batters. He has yielded one earned run since June 8th.

Patience Is A Virtue

The Patriots have drawn 43 more walks than the next closest team in the league

My Rewards Code

Download the Somerset Patriots App in the App Store on your mobile device or tablet. In the top left corner go to the drop down menu then select My Rewards. Today’s Game Notes secret code is “brewers12” so type brewers12 and click submit and you can earn free rewards points. You can win prizes throughout the season by amassing rewards points.

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Patriots Lead Early, But Fall Short 6-5 To Bluefish

729fbBridgewater, NJ – The Bridgeport Bluefish (12-10, 42-50) defeated the Somerset Patriots (12-10, 50-42) 6-5 at TD Bank Ballpark on Friday evening.

 

The Patriots took a 2-0 lead in the first inning on an RBI single by Aharon Eggleston and an RBI groundout by Brian Van Kirk.

 

An RBI groundout by Bridgeport’s Angelys Nina cut the lead in half in the second inning.

 

Somerset answered with a run in the bottom of the frame on a sacrifice fly by Eric Farris that extended the lead to 3-1.

 

Luis Mateo gave the Patriots a 4-1 advantage in the bottom of the fifth inning with an RBI double.

 

The Bluefish took a 5-4 lead in the sixth inning on a grand slam by Jose Gil (2).

 

“I thought it was a game we had under control for a while. But that’s the crazy thing about this game,” said Somerset Patriots manager Brett Jodie. “You get a couple guys on there and give up a big hit or two and it can all change on you.”

 

Bridgeport’s final run came in the top of the ninth on an RBI double by Luis Hernandez that made the score 6-4.

 

David Vidal launched a solo home run (9) in the bottom of the ninth inning for the 6-5 final.

 

“My timing has been right,” said David Vidal, who is hitting .357 with four home runs and 10 RBI in his last ten games. “I’ve been a lot more calm at the plate and letting the ball come to me, which all starts with the right timing.”

 

Matt Iannazzo (1-3) picked up the win, allowing a run on two hits in 1.1 innings pitched. Rudy Owens (2-3) suffered the loss, allowing five earned runs on four hits in six innings pitched. Jose Veras earned his sixth save of the season.

 

The 2016 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 includes Post Game Fireworks presented by Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.  For tickets, call 908-252-0700 or visit www.somersetpatriots.com. Download our Mobile App for free in the Apple or Android App store.

 

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July 29th Game Notes; Bluefish @ Patriots

Bridgewater, NJ – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (12-9, 50-41) host the Bridgeport Bluefish (11-10, 41-50) for the second game of a four game weekend series. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. from TD Bank Ballpark. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. Long Island is 1.0 up on Somerset and 2.0 up on Bridgeport in the second half standings. Somerset is 7-4 against Bridgeport in 2016. The Patriots notched their 29th come from behind win by taking the series opener last night 4-3. Somerset is looking for its fourth straight playoff appearance while Bridgeport has not qualified since 2010.gameday1

Starting Pitching Matchup

Lefty Rudy Owens (2-2, 4.69 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while righty hurler D.J. Mitchell (2-3, 4.18 ERA) will toss for Bridgeport.

A Cut Above The Rest

In 124 games last year, David Vidal had 12 HRs. In 38 games this year, David Vidal has 12 HRs. He is in the midst of a season-high nine game hitting streak.

Getting Better Month By Month

Yovan Gonzalez hit .208 in May. Hit .237 in June. In July is hitting .286. He is in the midst of a season-high eight game hitting streak.

Same Old Storey

In 12 outings as a starting pitcher Mickey Storey had a 7.01 ERA. In four outings as a reliever Mickey Storey has thrown 7.1 scoreless innings.

LaHair Hammering Opposition

Bryan LaHair is fourth in the Atlantic League in RBI with 55

E-Roc Nation

Eric Farris has tallied 42 hits in his last 25 games (42 for his last 98 so .429 BA). He has fourteen multi-hit games over that span. He has raised his batting average from .256 to .306. He has hit safely in 21 of the 25 contests.

Rollin’ Rollin’ Rollin’

Kyle Roller in five starts with Somerset is 8-for-19 (.421) with four walks.

Closing Time

Jon Hunton is 17-for-17 in his last 17 save opportunities. His last blown save was May 21st. He is tied for first in the league in saves at 24 with Mike DeMark of York.

Somerset Speedsters

Somerset has swiped the most bases in the league with 122. That’s 21 more than the next closest team. Mycal Jones is third in the league with 29. 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 21 appearances Mike Thomas has logged 21.2 innings, yielded 1 earned run, struck out 17 and walked two batters. He has yielded one earned run since June 8th.

Patience Is A Virtue

The Patriots have drawn 38 more walks than the next closest team in the league

My Rewards Code

Download the Somerset Patriots App in the App Store on your mobile device or tablet. In the top left corner go to the drop down menu then select My Rewards. Today’s Game Notes secret code is “marlins9” so type marlins9 and click submit and you can earn free rewards points. You can win prizes throughout the season by amassing rewards points.

Follow Us

Be sure to follow the Patriots on twitter @SOMPatriots for immediate updates. Listen the Patriots play-by-play voice Justin Antweil broadcast the game starting at 7:05 p.m. eastern on 1450 AM WCTC or www.wctcam.com. Download the free new Patriots App by searching Somerset Patriots in the App Store on your phone or tablet.

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Patriots Battle To 4-3 Win Over Bluefish

728fbBridgewater, NJ – The Somerset Patriots (12-9, 50-41) defeated the Bridgeport Bluefish (11-10, 41-50) 4-3 at TD Bank Ballpark on Thursday evening.

 

The Bluefish took a 2-0 lead in the third inning on a two-run double by Endy Chavez.

 

Eric Farris got the Patriots on the board in the bottom half of the frame with an RBI double. David Vidal followed with a two-run home run (12) that gave Somerset a 3-2 lead. Audio of the home run courtesy of WCTC.

 

“I’m just continuing to stay within myself and not do too much when I’m ahead in the count. I’m just trying to get good pitches to hit, get on base for the guys that are behind me that are going to drive me in,” Vidal said.

 

Bridgeport’s Luis Nunez tied up the game in the top of the fourth inning with an RBI single.

 

Kyle Roller gave the Patriots back the lead in the sixth inning when he launched a no-doubt solo shot to deep right field for his first home run in Somerset. Audio of home run courtesy of WCTC. He finished the game 3-for-4 with the go-ahead home run that was the difference in the game.

 

“I’m just trying to get my timing back,” said Roller of his first game at TD Bank Ballpark. “I was able to get some things working together for me tonight and good things happened.”

 

Nik Turley (1-0) picked up the win with two scoreless innings and three strikeouts in his Patriots debut. Jonathan Albaladejo (9-4) suffered the loss, allowing four earned runs on nine hits in six innings pitched. Jon Hunton earned his 24th save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning pitched.

 

The 2016 Somerset Patriots season presented by Ford will continue at home on Friday night with a 7:05 pm game against the Bridgeport Bluefish. The game includes Amazin’ Mets Night with a special appearance by Mookie Wilson.  For tickets, call 908-252-0700 or visit www.somersetpatriots.com. Download our Mobile App for free in the Apple or Android App store.

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Somerset Patriots Add LHP Jeremy Bleich

bleichreleaseBridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots have announced the signing of left-handed pitcher Jeremy Bleich.

 

Bleich enters his first season with the Somerset Patriots and in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. He has played in the New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates and Philadelphia Phillies organizations, including three seasons of Triple-A service.

 

Bleich was originally drafted by the Yankees in the 1st round (44th overall) of the 2008 June Amateur MLB Draft out of Stanford University.

 

The Metairie, Louisiana native has played in three-straight seasons at the Triple-A level, including parts of 2016 with the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs. Bleich also went 4-2 with a 4.14 ERA and 23 strikeouts in 41.1 innings pitched earlier this season at Double-A Reading.

 

The left-hander compiled a 2.60 ERA and 11 strikeouts in 17.1 innings for the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians in 2015.

 

Bleich has a minor league career 4.03 ERA with 385 strikeouts in 496 innings over 174 games.

 

Bleich will be activated for Friday night’s game against the Bridgeport Bluefish. To make room for him, the Somerset Patriots have released right-handed pitcher Rob Bryson.

 

The 2016 Somerset Patriots Season Presented By Ford is underway. For more information or to purchase tickets for the 2016 season, stop by TD Bank Ballpark, call (908) 252-0700 or visit 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 35 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 http://www.atlanticleague.com 

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