Today’s Game Preview: Friday, June 22

Today’s Game:

Somerset Patriots (29-20) vs. Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (20-30)
Game #50 * Friday, June 22 * 7:05 pm * TD Bank Ballpark * Bridgewater, NJ
On The Air: 1450 WCTC; WCTCam.com Twitter: @SOMPatriots @MarcSchwartz26 @8oyle
Series at a Glance:
Friday (7:05 pm) SOM [RHP] Trevor Foss (2-3, 4.11 ERA) vs SMD [RHP] Brandon Cumpton (3-3, 5.13 ERA)
Saturday (7:05 pm) SOM [RHP] Cory Riordan (3-2, 3.20 ERA) vs SMD [LHP] Drake Britton (2-3, 7.09 ERA)
Sunday (1:05 pm) SOM [LHP] Rick Teasley (2-2, 3.25 ERA) vs SMD [RHP] Paul Clemens (1-2, 2.97)
Click here to view today’s complete game note: GAME NOTES 6.22.18

FIRST PLACE BEST PLACE: Somerset has at least shared first place every day this season and have been alone in first for 50-straight days. The Patriots held at least a share of first place for 72-straight days in the first half last year.
MAGIC NUMBER: Somerset’s magic number to win the first half, including their tiebreaker over the Long Island Ducks, is at 10. That means any combination of Patriots wins and Ducks loses totaling 10 will clinch a first half championship.
CRUSTACEAN STATION: The Patriots welcome the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs for a 3-game weekend set, with Friday being the first of 17 total meetings between the teams in 2018. The two played competitively against each other last year, with Somerset winning the season series 11-10, outscoring the Crabs 93-81.
K IS FOR KUBIAK: RHP David Kubiak dished out 8 Ks over 7.1 IP on Wednesday in the win at Lancaster. He carries a 1.50 ERA and has allowed just six walks and 18 hits with 36 strikeouts in his first 30 innings pitched this year.
STARTING OFF RIGHT: Somerset starting pitchers have pitched at least five IP and have allowed no more than three ER in 18-straight games. Since June 3rd, starters are 8-2 with a 2.30 ERA (28 ER in 109.2 IP) and a 112/29 K/BB ratio.
HOT ROD: Alfredo Rodriguez has been a hitting machine over the last four games, batting .438 (7-16) with a double and two runs to bring his average up to .299. He ranks in the top 20 in the league in hitting, at bats, doubles, and hits.
AGE JUST A NUMBER: Endy Chavez has a hit in nine of his last 10 games, including eight RBI over his last five. The 40-year old is batting .325 (13-for-40) over this stretch with a home run, seven runs scored and eight RBI.
ME AND JULIO: OF Julio Borbon is riding a seven-game hit streak, has reached base safely in 20 of his last 21 and is 33-for-102 (.324) with a HR, 16 RBI, nine SB and 19 runs over his last 25 games. He’s hit safely in 28 of his last 33 games, leads the league in doubles (15), ranks third in XBH (20), and 10th in SLG (.466).
INSANE DUANE: LHP Duane Below retired 21 of the final 23 batters he faced in his 6/19 start @ Lancaster. He has earned back-to-back wins by allowing three runs over 12 IP (2.25 ERA) and ranks fourth in the league in BB/9 (1.443).
NO RELATION TO ROGER: Danny Dorn has hit safely in 15 of his last 18 games. He is 21-for-61 (.344) with a home run and 17 RBI and has raised his AVG from .225 to .280 over this stretch.
EASY BEING TEASLEY: LHP Rick Teasley returned from a two-week stretch on the inactive list on May 24th. Since his return, he has allowed just three earned runs over 26.2 IP in five starts, good for a 1.01 ERA and 25 strikeouts.
RIORDAN ROARIN’: RHP Cory Riordan picked up a no-decision after yielding three runs with eight Ks in his last game vs. the Bees. He is second in the league in IP (56.1), fourth in K (44), second in BB/9 (1.28) and sixth in ERA (3.20).
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Vote For TD Bank Ballpark As The Best Independent Ballpark In The Country

SPB-5345 Best Of the Ballpark R1 NEWS 980x515Bridgewater, NJ- TD Bank Ballpark is once again in the running to be named Ballpark Digest’s Best Independent League Ballpark in the country.

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This is the fourth year for the Best of the Ballparks fan voting, where Ballpark Digest asks its readers to weigh in on their favorite MLB, Triple-A, Double-A, High-A, Low-A, Short Season A, Independent, Summer-Collegiate, and Spring Training ballparks.

TD Bank Ballpark won the honor in back-to-back years in 2015 and 2016.

“Fans love TD Bank Ballpark, and they’re certainly willing to show it,” said Ballpark Digest publisher Kevin Reichard after the 2016 competition. “Now that we’ve run this competition multiple times, we know how hard it is to repeat as the fan choice. Somerset Patriots fans love their team and love their ballpark.”

In the first round of this year’s voting, which will run from Friday, June 22nd to Tuesday, June 26th at 3:00 pm, TD Bank Ballpark is going up against Standard Bank Stadium in Crestwood, Illinois, the home of the Windy City Thunderbolts.

TD Bank Ballpark, the “Jewel of the Atlantic League,” officially opened its gates in June of 1999 and is celebrating its 20th Season Anniversary. This year, the Somerset Patriots’ home will welcome its 7,000,000th fan to a game.

The 6,100-seat ballpark is owned by Somerset County and managed by the Somerset Patriots, who have consistently drawn over 5,300 fans per game and 370,000 fans per season since 1999.

Ballpark Digest is the Internet’s leading resource for those working in the business of baseball. It serves a large audience spanning every level of baseball — from college and summer-collegiate to MiLB and MLB.

The 2018 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford is underway and features the team’s 20th Season at TD Bank Ballpark. For tickets, 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 38 million fans have attended Atlantic League games and more than 900 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.

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

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Somerset Dominates Lancaster In 8-1 Win

Lancaster, Penn. – The Somerset Patriots (29-20) utilized a strong pitching performance and an offensive outburst into a convincing 8-1 win over the Lancaster Barnstormers (31-17) Wednesday night at Clipper Magazine Stadium.

The Patriots jumped ahead early with a pair of runs in the top of the first inning. A Craig Massey RBI single and a run-scoring double play groundout from Yovan Gonzalez highlighted the inning. Lancaster responded with a K.C. Hobson sacrifice fly in the bottom of the inning to trim the deficit in half. FINAL-620-fb

Somerset later increased their lead to 5-1 with a two-run single from Aaron Dudley in the third inning and an RBI single from Endy Chavez in the fourth. Two more runs came home for the Patriots in the fifth on a Mike Fransoso RBI double and a Julio Borbon RBI fielder’s choice to provide a 7-1 advantage.

The Patriots topped off the scoring on a Borbon sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth inning.

Every Patriots batter in the lineup recorded a hit, while six different batters had a multi-hit game Chavez, Alfredo Rodriguez, Massey, Dudley, Kyle Roller and Justin Pacchioli). Additionally, eight of the nine batters in the lineup recorded a run.

David Kubiak (3-0) earned the win after he allowed just one run on four hits with eight strikeouts over 7.1 innings pitched. Tommy Shirley (3-2) yielded seven runs on 13 hits and two walks over 4.1 innings of work to take the loss.

The 2018 Somerset Patriots season presented by Ford continues on Friday, June 22nd when the Patriots return to TD Bank Ballpark to take on the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs at 7:05 pm. For tickets, 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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Below Shines As Patriots Top Barnstormers 7-3

Lancaster, Penn. – The Somerset Patriots (28-20) came from behind Tuesday night to defeat the Lancaster Barnstormers (31-16) 7-3 at Clipper Magazine Stadium.

Lancaster jumped ahead in the bottom of the first inning on a Blake Gailen (11) two-run home run to right field. That lead held until Somerset put four runs on the board in the top of the fifth inning. FINAL-619-fb

The Patriots brought nine batters to the plate in the inning, including five hits and two walks. An RBI single from Julio Borbon, a two-run double from Endy Chavez and a run-scoring wild pitch highlighted the inning and provided a 4-2 lead.

As Duane Below held the Barnstormers lineup in check, Somerset added an insurance run in the top of the eighth on a Justin Pacchioli RBI fielder’s choice. The Patriots added two more in the top of the ninth on a Kyle Roller (3) mammoth blast of a two-run home run.

The Barnstormers got a run back when Vladimir Frias was hit by a pitch with the bases-loaded, but the comeback ended there.

Below (3-2) earned the win after he allowed just two runs on four hits over seven innings of work. Below retired 21 of the final 23 batters he faced.

“He got a lot stronger as the game progressed,” said Somerset Patriots pitching coach / director of baseball operations Jon Hunton. “It took him a little bit to get settled in, but once he did, he was cruising and it was big for us.”

Steve Johnson (3-2) yielded four runs on six hits and five walks over 4.1 innings to take the loss. Ryan Kelly (9) earned the save after entering with one out in the ninth inning and stranding the bases loaded.

The Patriots and Barnstormers conclude their three-game series Wednesday night. David Kubiak (2-0, 1.58 ERA) takes the mound for Somerset against Lancaster southpaw Tommy Shirley (3-1, 6.02 ERA). First pitch at Clipper Magazine Stadium is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

The 2018 Somerset Patriots season presented by Ford continues on Friday, June 22nd when the Patriots return to TD Bank Ballpark to take on the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs at 7:05 pm. For tickets, 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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Today’s Game Preview: Tuesday, June 19th

Today’s Game:

Somerset Patriots (27-20) @ Lancaster Barnstormers (31-15)
Game #48 * Tuesday, June 19 * 7:00 pm * Clipper Magazine Stadium * Lancaster, PA
On The Air: 1450 WCTC; WCTCam.com Twitter: @SOMPatriots @MarcSchwartz26 @8oyle
Series at a Glance:
Monday (7:00 pm) LAN def. SOM 13-6; Endy Chavez Grand Slam not enough as LAN scores 10 in final three innings
Tuesday (7:00 pm) SOM [LHP] Duane Below (2-2, 3.68 ERA) @ LAN [RHP] Steve Johnson (3-1, 3.40 ERA)
Wednesday (7:00 pm) SOM [RHP] David Kubiak (2-0, 1.58 ERA) @ LAN [LHP] Tommy Shirley (3-1, 6.02 ERA)
Click here to view today’s complete game note: GAME NOTES 6.19.18

FIRST PLACE BEST PLACE: Somerset has held at least a share of first place for every day so far this season. The Patriots were in held at least a share of first place for 72 straight-days in the first half last year, with only three days tied.
BATTLE OF DIVISION LEADERS: The three-game set between the Patriots and Barnstormers pits the top teams from the Liberty and Freedom Divisions. Lancaster has dominated the season series in 2018, winning six of seven games.
HOME RUN CITY: The Patriots have had just three multi-home run games this year, with all of them coming at Clipper Magazine Stadium (5/30, 5/31 game one, 6/18). Of the 22 home runs Somerset has hit this year, seven have come in the five games they have played in Lancaster, good for 32%.
FIRST GRANNY: Endy Chavez hit the first grand slam of the year for the Somerset Patriots in the 13-6 loss on Monday night in Lancaster. It was his second homer of the year and raised Chavez’s RBI total from seven to 11.
ME AND JULIO: OF Julio Borbon has reached base safely in 18 of his last 19 games and is 30-for-94 (.319) with a HR, 13 RBI, eight SB and 17 runs over his last 23 games. He’s hit safely in 26 of his last 31 games, leads the league in doubles (15), is tied for second in XBH (20), and ranks 10th in SLG (.470).
NO RELATION TO ROGER: Danny Dorn has hit safely in 15 of his last 17 games. He is 21-for-58 (.362) with a home run and 17 RBI and has raised his AVG from .225 to .287 over this stretch.
MOST FANS, BEST FANS: TD Bank Ballpark welcomed in 21,821 (avg. of 7,274) fans over Father’s Day weekend. Somerset currently leads the league in total (146,357) & average (5,047) attendance after leading the league in both last year
EASY BEING TEASLEY: LHP Rick Teasley returned from a two-week stretch on the inactive list on May 24th. Since his return, he has allowed just three earned runs over 26.2 IP in five starts, good for a 1.01 ERA and 25 strikeouts.
RIORDAN ROARIN’: RHP Cory Riordan picked up a no-decision after allowing three runs with eight Ks in Saturday’s game vs. the Bees. He ranks second in the league in IP (56.1), third in K (44), fourth in BB/9 (1.28) and sixth in ERA (3.20).
SASSY MASSEY: IF Craig Massey has reached base in 15 of his last 18 games, having raised his OBP from .286 to .453. He is 22-for-59 (.373) from the plate with five steals, 10 RBI, 15 runs and 13 walks over this stretch. He has reached base in 35 of his last 72 plate appearances (.486 OBP) over his last 18 games.
NUMBAH ONE: Mike Fransoso has reached base in 19 of his last 23 games. He currently ranks second in the league in OBP (.418) and eighth in AVG (.310).
K IS FOR KUBIAK: RHP David Kubiak struck out 10 batters over 5.2 IP Thursday. He carries a 1.59 ERA and has allowed just four walks and 14 hits with 28 strikeouts in his first 22.2 innings pitched this year.
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