Kubiak Dazzles As Somerset Earns Series Split With Long Island

Central Islip, N.Y. – The Somerset Patriots (37-23) earned a split of their four-game series against the Long Island Ducks (30-30) Thursday night with a 9-2 victory at Bethpage Ballpark.

Somerset got the scoring started in the top of the second when Tyler Bortnick was hit by a pitch with the bases-loaded. The lead increased to 2-0 in the third on a two-out RBI double from Kyle Roller to deep left-center field. FINAl-622-fb

Scott Kelly scored on a wild pitch in the fourth before Greg Golson (4) sent a solo home run over the left-field wall in the fifth to increase Somerset’s lead to 4-0.

The Patriots later added runs on bases-loaded walks in the sixth and seventh, along with a Christian Marerro RBI single in the seventh to take a 7-0 advantage.

Lew Ford’s (3) solo home run in the bottom of the seventh made it a 7-1 score before Mark Minicozzi (1) launched a two-run shot in the eighth to boost the lead out to 9-1. Jordan Pacheco (1) topped off the scoring in the ballgame with a solo homer in the bottom of the eighth.

Somerset’s starting pitcher David Kubiak (3-5) earned the win, allowing just one run on three hits with a season-high nine strikeouts. He needed just 90 pitches to get through seven innings on two-days rest.

“My strategy going in was to keep the pitch count down and get quick outs,” said Kubiak after the game. “I threw the curveball well, the changeup was in the zone, but the main thing was just getting ahead of batters early. Having 0-1, 0-2 counts was huge.”

Long Island starter Dennis O’Grady (3-4) suffered the loss, yielding four runs (three earned) on four hits and five walks over five innings of work.

Somerset returns home Friday night to open a three-game series against the New Britain Bees at TD Bank Ballpark.

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.

 

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Somerset Patriots Re-Sign Left-Handed Pitcher Efrain Nieves

efrainblogsBridgewater, NJ – The Somerset Patriots have announced the re-signing of left-handed pitcher Efrain Nieves.

 

Nieves returns for his second season with the Somerset Patriots and his second in the Atlantic League. Last season, Nieves appeared in nine games for the team, including six starts, going 3-0 on the mound with a 3.09 ERA and 30 strikeouts over 35 innings of work.

 

Originally drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the seventh round of the 2007 MLB June Amateur Draft, Nieves spent his first five professional seasons in the Milwaukee organization. His career also includes minor league service with the Detroit Tigers and the Toronto Blue Jays.

 

Arguably Nieves’ best season came in 2014 in the Florida State League with High-A Dunedin. There, Nieves carried a 2.30 ERA over 44 appearances (four starts) with three wins and one save.

 

After his time with Somerset in 2016, Nieves spent this past off-season pitching for Tiburones de Aquadilla of the Puerto Rican Winter League. In 13 appearances, including ten starts, Nieves recorded a 2.61 ERA and two wins over 58.2 innings of work.

 

Over the course of 340 games (110 starts), Nieves holds a 59-49 record with a 3.97 ERA and 729 strikeouts in 962.1 innings throughout his ten-year professional career.

 

Nieves is expected to join the team and be activated during the series against the New Britain Bees 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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Today’s Game Preview: Thursday, June 22nd

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Somerset Patriots (36-23) @ Long Island Ducks (30-29)

Game #60 * Thursday, June 22nd * 6:35 pm ET * Bethpage Ballpark * Central Islip, New York

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Series at a Glance

Tuesday (6:00 pm) LI def. SOM 8-4; Four-run 4th inning gives Ducks the edge, Irvine & Darnell combine for 8 ER
Tuesday (DH Game 2) SOM def. LI 8-2; Kyle Roller hits two HRs, Below throws 2.2 scoreless to pick up win
Wednesday (6:35 pm) LI def. SOM 4-2; Two-run 8th inning seals the game for LI, Williams throws 4.1 IP scoreless
Thursday (6:35) SOM [RHP] David Kubiak (2-5, 3.58 ERA) vs LI [RHP] Dennis O’Grady (3-3, 4.32 ERA)

Click here to view today’s complete game notes: GameNotes622

PROMOTION-A-PALOOZA: 2017 has featured three different Somerset Patriots earning a promotion to Major League clubs, tying a franchise record set in 2008: OF Chris Marrero (SFG), RHP Tyler Cloyd (SEA) and LHP Nik Turley (MIN). Marrero played in 37 games here in 2015, Turley appeared in 10 games (8 GS) in 2016 and Cloyd made three starts with the Patriots in 2017, earning his call-up just 27 days after his last appearance in Somerset. There have been 19 Patriots to reach the majors after playing in Somerset: most in the Atlantic League.

CONGRATS ARE IN ORDER: 10 Patriots have had their contracts purchased in 2017; eight by MLB organizations. LHPs Jeremy Bleich, Logan Darnell & Aaron Laffey along with RHPs Tyler Cloyd, Ryan Kelly, Vin Mazzaro, Mitch Atkins and outfielder Jerry Sands had their contracts’ purchased earlier this season. INF Olmo Rosario (Bravos de Leon, Mexican League) and RHP Scott McGregor (Taiwan Professional Baseball) also had their contracts’ purchased earlier this season.

RICK TEASLERGAARD: LHP Rick Teasley currently ranks first among qualified Atlantic League pitchers in ERA (1.99). The southpaw went 2-0 with a 0.75 ERA over 12 innings as a reliever to start the year (four games), compared to a 4-1 record with a 2.31 ERA over 46.2 innings as a starter (seven games).

YO-YO HOT: Yovan Gonzalez has reached base safely in 33 of the 38 games in which he has played this year, including hits in 17 of his last 22. Over those 22 games, Gonzalez is 23-78 (.295) with a home run, seven runs and eight RBI. He is eight plate appearances (152, needs 160) short of qualifying among the league leaders in batting, but his .316 average would otherwise rank sixth. Gonzalez also has been responsible for four of the eight walk-off wins for Somerset this year.

SCOTTY DOES KNOW: Infielder Scott Kelly has recorded a hit in 30 of his last 37 games, including a recently ended nine-game hit streak. Over that stretch, Kelly is 39-for-136 (.287) with 20 RBI, 22 runs scored, 17 SB and 17 walks, including an 11th-inning walk-off single on 6/16 against the York Revolution.

JUST-IN TIME: OF Justin Pacchioli has reached base in 32 of his last 37 games – including a recent eight-game hit streak – over which he is 43-for-119 (.361) w/ 17 RBI, 28 R & 19 SB. Pacchioli is just one PA (159, needs 160) shy of qualifying among league leaders, but his .338 average would otherwise rank third.

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WALK IT OFF: Somerset has eight walk-off wins over its first 29 home games this season. Yovan Gonzalez has four of the eight, while Carlos Guzman (4/26), Tyler Bortnick (4/26), Scott Kelly (6/16) and Greg Golson (6/17) own the others.

GOING STREAKIN’: Tyler Bortnick has reached base safely in 22 of his last 24 games, including a 19-game streak ended on 6/15. Over this stretch, Bortnick is 26-for-80 (.325) with 11 runs scored and 12 RBI, raising his average from .268 to .298. His current .298 batting average ranks tenth in the Atlantic League.

TOP 20: All season long, the Somerset Patriots will be unveiling their Top 20 players in franchise history. OF Aharon Eggleston was just named the 11th greatest Patriot of all time. Follow along all season to find out who will join him!

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Late Inning Rally Lifts Long Island Past Somerset

Central Islip, N.Y. – A two-run rally in the bottom of the eighth inning led the Long Island Ducks (30-29) to a 4-2 victory over the Somerset Patriots (36-23) at Bethpage Ballpark Wednesday night.

The game remained scoreless until the bottom of the sixth inning when Marc Krauss’ two-run home run to right-center field gave Long Island the first lead of the ballgame. FINAL-621-fb

Somerset evened the score in the top of the eighth on a Greg Golson RBI single and a bases-loaded walk allowed to Christian Marrero. The tied score was short-lived, however, as the Ducks plated two in the bottom of the eighth on RBI singles from Alex Burg and Giovanny Alfonzo to take a 4-2 lead.

“It was a good ballgame,” said Somerset Patriots manager Brett Jodie. “I liked how we fought back with some good at-bats in the eighth, but it’s always tough to give the lead right back. That’s just how it goes sometimes.”

Zac Treece (4-1) earned the win after a scoreless third of an inning. Justin Wright (2-1) took the loss, yielding two runs on four hits in one inning. Amalio Diaz (2) earned the save with a scoreless ninth inning. Neither starting pitcher factored into the decision.

Somerset concludes its four-game series against the Long Island Ducks Thursday night in Central Islip. Right-handed pitcher David Kubiak (2-5, 3.59 ERA) takes on Ducks’ righty Dennis O’Grady (2-3, 4.32 ERA). First pitch at Bethpage Ballpark is scheduled for 6:35 p.m.

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 Pitcher Mitch Atkins’ Contract Purchased By The Mets

atkinsFBmetsBridgewater, NJ – The Somerset Patriots have announced that right-handed pitcher Mitch Atkins’ contract has been purchased by the New York Mets. He will report to Triple-A Las Vegas.

 

Atkins was 4-3 with a 4.06 ERA and 59 strikeouts over 62 innings pitched in 11 games started for Somerset this season.

 

He was in his second season with the Somerset Patriots and in the Atlantic League. The righty began the 2013 season in Somerset, where he made seven starts before his contract was purchased by the Atlanta Braves organization in late May. Prior to leaving, Atkins went 3-2 with a 3.97 ERA for the Patriots, including 39 strikeouts over 43 innings of work. He later went 5-2 with a 3.47 ERA in 17 games (16 starts) for Double-A Mississippi to end the 2013 campaign.

 

Atkins was signed by Somerset again for the 2015 season, but signed to play in Taiwan before the end of spring training.

 

The Gibsonville, North Carolina resident has made appearances in three different seasons at the Major League level: 2009-10 with the Chicago Cubs and 2011 with the Baltimore Orioles. Atkins appeared in 10 games (three starts) over those three years in the majors and tallied 17 strikeouts over 22.2 innings pitched.

 

Last year, Atkins split time between Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket in the Boston Red Sox organization. Overall, the 6’4” hurler earned six wins with two saves and struck out 151 batters over 131.1 innings of work.

 

The 14-year pro owns a career 88-74 record in the minor leagues with a 4.29 ERA and 1,182 strikeouts, including 122 games (94 starts) at the Triple-A level.

 

Atkins becomes the eighth Somerset Patriot to have his contract purchased by a Major League organization this season. Most recently, slugging outfielder Jerry Sands joined the San Francisco Giants and reported to Double-A. Left-handed pitchers Jeremy Bleich and Logan Darnell both went to the Los Angeles Dodgers, right-handed pitchers Tyler Cloyd and Ryan Kelly joined the Seattle Mariners, southpaw Aaron Laffey went to the Arizona Diamondbacks and righty Vin Mazzaro joined the Cincinnati Reds. All seven pitchers were assigned to Triple-A.

 
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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