Seven Somerset Patriots Receive Atlantic League Postseason Awards

playersalnewsBridgewater, N.J. – The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball announced today the league’s Postseason Awards for the 2014 campaign, with seven Somerset Patriots players earning recognition.

Corey Smith (third base), Adam Donachie (catcher), Matt Zielinksi (left-handed starter), Jason Lowey (reliever) and Jon Hunton (closer) were all named to the 2014 Atlantic League First-Team. Luis Montanez (outfielder) and Matt Maloney (left-handed starter) were named to the Atlantic League Second-Team.

Smith led the team in hitting and ranked fourth in the league with a .305 average. In addition, the third-year Patriot who announced his retirement after the season, finished third in the league in doubles (37) and fifth in walks (65) and on-base percentage (.386). It marks the second consecutive year that Smith has taken home First-Team Atlantic League honors.

Donachie finished the season third on the Patriots in hitting (.277) and fourth in home runs (9) and RBI (45). That included a three-game stretch of games in mid-June (15-17) where the third-year Patriot recorded eight RBI. Donachie also recorded hits in all five playoff games, going 7-for-19 (.368) with a home run and two RBI.

pitchersalnewsThe Patriots strong pitching was also highlighted in the Postseason Awards, taking home three of a potential four spots on the First-Team. Zielinski earned the top left-handed starter honor after he posted a 10-8 record along with a 3.27 earned run average (sixth lowest in the league) in over 151.1 innings pitched.

Lowey and Hunton round up the Patriots First-Team representation. Lowey, who was named to the 2013 Atlantic League Second-Team as a reliever, went 5-1 with a 1.90 ERA over a team-high 59 appearances, striking out 59 batters against 15 walks over 56.2 innings pitched.

Hunton was named the top closer of the year after setting a new Atlantic League single-season record with 49 saves, shattering the previous mark of 40 set back in 2003. The third-year Patriot also set the new franchise record in saves, breaking his own previous record of 38 set last year. Hunton, who was named to the 2013 First-Team as a reliever, overall posted a 2.07 ERA over 56.1 innings of work.

Montanez and Maloney were both named to the Atlantic League Second-Team. Montanez led the Patriots in home runs (17), while finishing second on the team in RBI (74) and batting (.289). Maloney’s 3.40 ERA ranked ninth in the league, while his 10 wins were tied with Zielinksi for second-most on the team.

For information about the Somerset Patriots 2015 Season, stop by the Ticket Office located at TD Bank Ballpark, call (908) 252-0700, or visit the Patriots on-line at www.somersetpatriots.com.

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Somerset Patriots Release 2015 Schedule

schedulenewsBridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots have announced their schedule for the 2015 season.

The Patriots will begin the season on the road and will have their home opener on Friday, May 1st against the York Revolution at 7:05 pm.

The Patriots will host 70 home games at TD Bank Ballpark during the 140 game Atlantic League schedule running from Friday, April 24th through Sunday, September 20th.

The Patriots will host 32 home games on weekends and are currently putting together the promotional calendar that includes fireworks nights, giveaways, and theme nights. The Patriots will host Day-Night Double Headers on Wednesday, May 20th and Wednesday, July 15th with games at 11:05 am and 7:05 pm.

Start times for Monday through Saturday games will normally be 7:05 pm from May through September. Sunday games in May, June, and September will be 1:05 pm and Sundays in July and August will be 5:05 pm.

The Patriots are home on Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 10th at 1:05 pm and Father’s Day on Sunday, June 21st at 1:05 pm.

The Patriots will host five 11:05 am weekday games on Wednesday, May 20th, Thursday, June 4th, Wednesday, July 15th, Thursday, August 6th, and Tuesday, August 11th. Schools and camps are encouraged to book their events on those days early.

“After a very successful 2014 season on and off the field, we are excited to take that momentum and move into the 2015 season. There is some unfinished business for the team on the field, but through it all, our fans have consistently made our organization one of the very best in all of minor league baseball. We look forward to an even better 2015 season,” said Patrick McVerry, President/General Manager of the Somerset Patriots Baseball Club.

To view the full 2015 schedule, please visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

For information about the Somerset Patriots 2015 Season, stop by the Ticket Office located at TD Bank Ballpark, call (908) 252-0700, or visit the Patriots on-line at www.somersetpatriots.com.

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Barnstormers Advance To Championship Series

Bridgewater, NJ – The Lancaster Barnstormers (3-2) defeated the Somerset Patriots (2-3) 9-1 Sunday afternoon in Game Five of the Liberty Division Series from TD Bank Ballpark. With the victory the Barnstormers advance to their 3rd Atlantic League Championship Series in franchise history. Lancaster won games one, four, and five to win this best-of-five series 3-2. SEPT28thGRAPHIC

The Barnstormers powered their way to victory as they launched four home runs in Game Five and drilled eight home runs in the series.

In the bottom of the second inning All-Star catcher Adam Donachie drilled a home run (1) to give Somerset a 1-0 advantage.

Center fielder Greg Golson socked a game tying home run (2) in the ensuing half inning to even the contest at 1-1.

Lancaster sent 10 batters to the plate in the top of the fourth inning and scored six runs on seven hits to grab a commanding 7-1 lead. Catcher Keith Castillo and Golson collected RBI singles while right fielder Brett Carroll pounded a RBI double. The big blast in the frame was an opposite field three run home run (2) by left fielder Blake Gailen.

The Barnstormers received back-to-back home runs from first baseman Gabe Jacobo (1) and Castillo to increase their lead to 9-1.

Chris Schwinden (2-0) earned the victory tossing a complete game on three days’ rest. He threw 137 pitches and allowed one run on seven hits. Erik Arnesen (0-1) endured the loss allowing two runs in 3.1 innings of work.

The 2015 Somerset Patriots schedule while be available in the coming weeks. For more information call (908) 252-0700 or visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

 

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Liberty Division Series Game Five Game Notes

Bridgewater, NJ – Today the Somerset Patriots (2-2, 87-57) battle the Lancaster Barnstormers (2-2, 83-61) in the decisive Game Five of the Liberty Division Series. First pitch is scheduled from TD Bank Ballpark at 1:05 p.m. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. The best-of-five series is even at 2-2. The winner advances to the Championship Series. The loser starts their offseason. This would be Somerset’s 10th Championship Series appear

First pitch scheduled for 1:05pm

First pitch scheduled for 1:05pm

ance. This would be Lancaster’s third Championship Series appearance.

Game One Recap

Somerset jumped out to a 1-0 lead but the Stormers scored three unanswered runs to win 3-1. The difference was a go ahead two run home run by Blake Gailen in the fourth inning.

Game Two Recap

Somerset erased a three run deficit heading into the top of the seventh inning to win 5-4 in 11 innings. The difference was a go ahead RBI double in the 11th by Jake Fox.

Game Three Recap

Somerset received excellent starting pitching from Josh Lowey who hurled 6.2 innings while allowing one run on nine strikeouts. Jeff Dominguez’s solo homer stood to be the difference in the 2-1 victory.

Game Four Recap

The Patriots were nursing a 3-0 lead in the top of the eighth inning until pinch hitter Yusuke Kajimoto hit a Grand Slam to give the Barnstormers the lead they would never relinquish as the final score would be 4-3.

Starting Pitching Matchup

Righty Erik Arnesen (7-6, 4.17 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow righty hurler Chris Schwinden (14-5, 2.56 ERA) takes the hill for the Stormers. Arnesen was 0-2 with a 6.55 ERA in the regular season against Lancaster. This is his first start of the postseason and his first start in eight days. Schwinden led the Atlantic League in wins and ERA in the regular season. He won Game One of the series. Against Somerset including the playoffs he is 2-1 in four starts with a 1.23 ERA with 22 Ks and 1 BBs.

Slumping Middle Of Order

The Patriots 3-4-5 hitters (Fox, Smith, Montanez) are a combined 7-for-49 with two RBI in the series. That’s a .143 batting average.

Chasing History

The Patriots are looking for their sixth title franchise history (2001, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2009). The Barnstormers are looking for their second title in franchise history (2006). This is the Patriots 11th postseason appearance. This is the Barnstormers 4th postseason appearance.

Wright On

Ty Wright is 8-for-16 in the postseason with three RBI. He hit .369 against Lancaster in the regular season.

Limiting Long Ball

The Barnstormers drilled 154 home runs (52 more than any other team in league)

Home/Road Splits

Lancaster went 44-26 at home and just 37-33 on the road

Pair Of MVPs

This series features the last two Atlantic League MVPs (Blake Gailen 2012, Jake Fox 2013)

Domo Time

Jeff Dominguez is hitting .385 in the postseason and has driven in a run in each of the last three games.

Cardiac Pats

The Patriots have 40 come from behind wins, 19 wins in their final at bat and seven walk-off wins this year

Big Jon

Closer Jon Hunton led the Atlantic League with 49 saves. That’s 21 more than anyone else in the league. Hunton has already set the Atlantic League single season saves record as he broke Mike Guilfoyle’s record of 40 done in 2003 with Bridgeport. Hunton has more saves than Bridgeport and Camden do overall wins.

Fantastic Four

The Patriots are 71-15 when they score four runs or more but only 16-42 when they score three runs or fewer.

Lucky Number Seven

The Patriots are 61-4 when they lead after seven innings

SPN.TV

New to our media network this week is an episode of the Brett Jodie Show. Tonight’s game will be broadcast via SPN.TV.

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 1:05 p.m. eastern on 1450 AM WCTC or www.wctcam.com.

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Barnstormers Rally Past Patriots To Even Series

Bridgewater, NJ – The Lancaster Barnstormers (2-2) rallied past the Somerset Patriots (2-2) 4-3 Saturday evening in Game Four of the Liberty Division Series from TD Bank Ballpark. The best-of-five series is now even at 2-2. Pinch hitter Yusuke Kajimoto’s grand slam in the top of the eighth inning stood to be the difference. SEPT27thGRAPHIC

In the bottom of the first inning designated hitter Jake Fox recorded a RBI groundout as the Patriots grabbed a 1-0 lead.

The Patriots plated a pair of runs in the home half of the sixth inning to expand their lead to 3-0. Second baseman Jeff Dominguez tallied a RBI for the third straight game as his single scored first baseman Daryle Ward. Pinch hitter Aharon Eggleston hit a RBI sacrifice fly later in the inning.

Kajimoto had been 1-for-7 in the postseason and had just four homers in the regular season before be belted the pinch hit go ahead grand slam.

Pete Andrelczyl (1-0) earned the win in relief. Daniel Herrera (0-1) suffered the loss in relief. Jason Urquidez notched the save (2) pitching a scoreless final frame.

The 2014 Somerset Patriots season presented by Ford will continue at home for Game Five of the Liberty Division Series against the Lancaster Barnstormers on Sunday afternoon at 1:05 pm. For tickets, call (908) 252-0700 or visit http://www.somersetpatriots.com.

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