Today’s Game Preview: Friday, June 23

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Somerset Patriots (37-23) vs. New Britain Bees (24-36)

Game #61 * Friday, June 23rd * 7:05 pm ET * TD Bank Ballpark * Bridgewater, New Jersey

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

Series at a Glance

Friday (7:05 pm) SOM [LHP] Rick Teasley (6-1, 1.99 ERA) vs NB [RHP] Mike Lee (1-5, 5.14 ERA)
Saturday (7:05 pm) SOM [RHP] Lucas Irvine (3-1, 4.55 ERA) vs NB [LHP] Nick Greenwood (1st Start)
Sunday (1:05 pm) SOM [RHP] Will Oliver (2-0, 3.73 ERA) vs NB [RHP] Brian Dupra (3-4, 3.92 ERA)

Click here to view today’s complete game notes: GameNotes623

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.

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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 34 of the 39 games in which he has played this year, including hits in 18 of his last 23. Over those 23 games, Gonzalez is 24-82 (.293) with a home run, seven runs and eight RBI. He is five plate appearances (157, needs 162) short of qualifying among the league leaders in batting, but his .314 average would otherwise rank 7th. Gonzalez also has been responsible for four of the eight walk-off wins for Somerset this year.

K IS FOR KUBIAK: RHP David Kubiak currently leads the ALPB in strikeouts (65). He has made eight-straight starts after beginning the year as a reliever, striking out nine batters in a game three times, including at least five strikeouts in seven of the eight games. Additionally, his 3.32 ERA ranks 10th in the league.

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 three PA (159, needs 162) shy of qualifying among league leaders, but his .338 average would otherwise rank third.

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 23 of his last 25 games, including a 19-game streak ended on 6/15. Over this stretch, Bortnick is 28-for-83 (.337) with 12 runs scored and 13 RBI, raising his average from .268 to .305. His current .305 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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New York Yankees Broadcaster John Sterling Named Honorary Voice Of 2017 Atlantic League All-Star Game

allstarsterlingfbBRIDGEWATER, NJ- The Somerset Patriots and the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball have announced that New York Yankees broadcasting legend John Sterling will be the Honorary Voice of the 2017 Atlantic League All-Star Game on Wednesday, July 12th at TD Bank Ballpark.

 

“I’m excited to be part of this extraordinary event,” Sterling said. “I’ve been a long-time fan of the Somerset Patriots and an even bigger fan of the Kalafer family. Steve, Jonathan and Josh do things the right way. When Steve Kalafer asked would I be interested in participating in the All-Star Game, I said ‘it would be my honor’ to join you and all the fans on what will be a beautiful night at the ballpark.”

 

He will be on field during the pre-game festivities and add color commentating during the Home Run Derby. Sterling will also introduce the Honorary Managers- New York Yankees legends Sparky Lyle and Willie Randolph- as well as calling the All-Stars to the line during introductions.

 

Sterling has served as the play-by-play man for the Yankees since 1989, having never missed a single game in his 27 seasons in the broadcast booth. This streak includes a notable 2005 season where Sterling called every single pitch of every Yankees game that year.

 

Aside from his play-by-play duties, Sterling has worked for the YES Network since 2002. During his time at YES, he has won awards for his role as host of Yankeeography and Yankee Classics. Sterling also works as the play-by-play announcer for Ivy League college football and basketball, and even served in the same role for several New Jersey Nets games.

 

Prior to joining the Yankees, Sterling got his start in broadcasting as the play-by-play broadcaster of the Baltimore Bullets in the 1970-71 season. From there, he moved to the gridiron where he called games for the Morgan State University football team from 1971 to 1978. Among his other play-by-play stops along the way include New York Nets basketball (WMCA Radio) from 1975-1980, New York Islanders hockey (WMCA Radio) from 1975-1978, Atlanta Hawks basketball (WSB Radio) from 1981-1989, Atlanta Braves baseball (WSB Radio) from 1982-1987, and a year of work with the Washington Bullets in 1981 (WDCA-TV).

 

The 2017 Atlantic League All-Star Game is the premiere event of the summer, hosted by the Somerset Patriots at TD Bank Ballpark on Wednesday, July 12th. The event is presented by RWJBarnabas Health and Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey and will feature the biggest Fireworks Show in ballpark history, commemorative giveaways for all ages, entertainment, and a Home Run Derby. For tickets, 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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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.

 

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

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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

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

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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