June 25th Game Notes; Patriots @ Skeeters

Sugar Land, TX – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (35-25) visit the Sugar Land Skeeters (30-30) for doubleheader. The teams are playing a doubleheader because Thursday’s contest was postponed due to travel issues. First pitch of game one is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. eastern time from Constellation Field. The second game will start approximately 30 minutes after the first one ends. Each game will be seven innings. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. The Patriots blanked the Skeeters 2-0 last night. It was their first win against Sugar Land in seven tries.  gameday1

Starting Pitching Matchup Game One

Righty Mickey Storey (1-1, 3.05 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow righty hurler Jake Hale (0-1, 3.24 ERA) will toss for Sugar Land. This will be Storey’s first outing since June 5th. He has  missed the last three weeks with a sore right arm.

Starting Pitching Matchup Game Two

Righty Alexis Candelario (0-1, 6.51 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while the Skeeters have yet to announce a starting pitcher. Most likely they will use a slew of bullpen arms.

Playoff Picture

With 10 games remaining, the Patriots lead the Ducks by 2.5 games in the Liberty Division race. Somerset’s lead was as many as 6.0 games. The Patriots do indeed own the tiebreaker. The Ducks are visiting the Bluefish for an evening contest.

Eggs Sunny Side Up

Aharon Eggleston leads the team in batting average hitting at a  .301 clip. He’s hitting .333 this month

Guz Is The Man

During his last 13 games, Carlos Guzman has raised his batting average from .199 to .242. He is 18-for-48 (.375) with 15 RBI and 4 SBs. He has hit safely in 11 of his last 13 games. He had 12 total RBI in April/May.

LaHair Hammering Opposition

Bryan LaHair is 16-for-35 (.457) in his last 10 games. He has 3 HRs, 8 BBs, and 10 RBI.

Time To Grind

From June 11th to July 9th the Somerset Patriots do not have an off day. They are playing 30 straight games to close the first half.

Somerset Speedsters

Somerset has swiped the most bases in the league with 85. That’s 25 more than the next closest team. Scott Kelly leads the league with 23. Mycal Jones is tied for third in league with 19.

Patience Is A Virtue

The Patriots have drawn 31 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 “skelly” so type skelly 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 Shut Out Skeeters 2-0

624eggySugar Land, TX – For the first time in seven tries the Somerset Patriots (35-25) defeated the Sugar Land Skeeters (30-30) 2-0 Friday evening at Constellation Field in the opener of the four game series.

 

“We’re getting close to the end of the first half and all these games are even more important,” said winning pitcher Donovan Hand who hurled six scoreless innings. “Yesterday was one day we’ll never forget [referring to the team’s airport travel delays] and I’m just proud of the way we responded. We have a lot of character.”

 

With two outs and bases empty in the fifth inning, Yovan Gonzalez sliced a single. The next batter, Mycal Jones, reached on a throwing error by second baseman Josh Prince setting the stage for Aharon Eggleston to bat with runners on second and third. The fourth year Patriot drippled a two RBI infield single behind the second base bag to plate a pair as both runs proved to be the difference.

 

“Roy [Merritt] and I know each other so well so it was fun to battle him and oppose him tonight,” Eggleston remarked. “He plunked me the first at bat and jokingly yelled at me to get off the plate. So I just knew the next couple times up I was going to get some off speed pitches away. I just tried to fight pitches off and come through for the team.”

 

Hand (2-1) has now thrown 15.0 innings and yielded zero earned runs in three starts. His first six appearances were in the bullpen, where he surrendered six earned runs in 8.2 innings of work.

 

“We made an adjustment with my hands,” said the Alabama native. “I brought them from my waist to my chest. I’ve just been keeping it real simple as a starter. Just go as hard as I can as long as I can. Essentially I just got back to basics with my sinker and slider and mixing in the fastball.”

 

Roy Merritt (1-2), a Patriot the last four years, suffered the loss. He gave up one earned run in six innings. Jon Hunton notched his 15th save of the year.

 

The Patriots are 2.5 games ahead of the Long Island Ducks with 10 games remaining in first half.

 

The 2016 Somerset Patriots season presented by Ford continues on the road until the team returns to TD Bank Ballpark Monday, June 27th for a 7:05 p.m. game against the New Britain Bees. 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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June 24th Game Notes; Patriots @ Skeeters

Sugar Land, TX – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (34-25) visit the Sugar Land Skeeters (30-29) for the first game of a four game weekend series. First pitch is scheduled for 8:05 p.m. eastern time from Constellation Field. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. The Patriots are in the midst of a nonstop seven game nonstop road trip. The Patriots are 0-6 against the Skeeters this year. They’ve scored three runs or fewer in every contest. Due to travel issues, last night’s series opener was postponed and there will be a doubleheader tomorrow starting at 7:05 p.m. eastern time. Two seven inning games with a 30 minute break in between.gameday1

Starting Pitching Matchup

Righty Donovan Hand (1-1, 3.05 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while southpaw Roy Merritt (1-1, 3.27 ERA) will toss for Sugar Land. Merritt was the 2015 Atlantic League Championship Series MVP for Somerset last year. He allowed 1 earned run in three starts totaling 23.0 innings.

Vote Vote Vote

Vote for TD Bank Ballpark in the Final Round of the Independent Ballpark of the Year Competition via Ballpark Digest. Instructions are on the Somerset Patriots Facebook Page.

Reeling In New Rotation

Darin Gorski (AAA Mets), Scott McGregor (Korea) and Jeremy Horst (Mexico) were all in the Somerset Patriots original starting rotation but are now elsewhere

Offensive Output

The Patriots lead the Atlantic League in runs scored with 291

Playoff Picture

With 11 games remaining, the Patriots lead the Ducks by 2.5 games in the Liberty Division race. Somerset’s lead was as many as 6.0 games. The Patriots do indeed own the tiebreaker. The Ducks are visiting the Bluefish for an evening contest.

Guz Is The Man

During his last 12 games, Carlos Guzman has raised his batting average from .199 to .242. He is 17-for-44 (.386) with 15 RBI and 4 SBs. He has hit safely in 10 of his last 12 games. He had 12 total RBI in April/May.

LaHair Hammering Opposition

Bryan LaHair is 16-for-31 (.516) in his last nine games. He has 3 HRs, 8 BBs, and 10 RBI.

Time To Grind

From June 11th to July 9th the Somerset Patriots do not have an off day. They are playing 30 straight games to close the first half.

Somerset Speedsters

Somerset has swiped the most bases in the league with 85. That’s 27 more than the next closest team. Scott Kelly leads the league with 23. Mycal Jones is third in league with 19.

Patience Is A Virtue

The Patriots have drawn 31 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 “thomas21” so type thomas21 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 8:05 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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Somerset Patriots LHP Darin Gorski’s Contract Purchased By New York Mets

daringorskimetswebBridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots have announced that left-handed starting pitcher Darin Gorski’s contract was purchased by the New York Mets organization. He will report to the Triple-A Las Vegas 51’s where he is expected to start Friday night’s game.

 

Gorski returns to the same organization where he spent seven seasons of his professional career. The southpaw pitched with Triple-A Las Vegas in 2013, 2014 and 2015, including 27 starts with the 51’s last year.

 

The Mount Joy, Pennsylvania native has made 11 starts with the Somerset Patriots this season, posting a 4-2 record with a 3.88 ERA. His 60.1 innings of work so far this year are second on the team, behind lefty Jeremy Horst, whose contract was purchased earlier in the season by Vaqueros Laguna of the Mexican League.

 

Gorski made waves in the Mets organization in 2011, when he earned Florida State League Pitcher of the Year honors. That season, he posted an 11-3 record and led the league in ERA (2.08), WHIP (1.00) and finished third in strikeouts (140).

 

The 2009 seventh-round draft pick by the Mets marks the second Somerset Patriots player to have his contract purchased by a Major League organization this year. The Los Angeles Dodgers purchased Gus Schlosser’s contract earlier this season, and had him report to Triple-A Oklahoma City. Outfielder Brad Snyder also had his contracted purchased by Vaqueros Laguna in the Mexican League.

 

Last year, there were seven different players who had their contracts purchased by Major League organizations: Edwin Quirarte (San Francisco Giants), Mickey Storey (Los Angeles Dodgers), Chris Marrero (Chicago White Sox), Sean Bierman (Baltimore Orioles), Lucas Irvine (Arizona Diamondbacks), Connor Little (Atlanta Braves) and Buddy Boshers (Minnesota Twins). Boshers recently received a call up to Major League Baseball with the Twins.

 

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 www.somersetpatriots.com.

 

About the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB)

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June 23rd Game Notes; Patriots @ Skeeters

Sugar Land, TX – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (34-25) visit the Sugar Land Skeeters (30-29) for the first game of a four game weekend series. First pitch is scheduled for 8:05 p.m. eastern time from Constellation Field. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. The Patriots are in the midst of a nonstop seven game nonstop road trip. The Patriots are 0-6 against the Skeeters this year. They’ve scored three runs or fewer in every contest.  gameday1

Starting Pitching Matchup

Righty Donovan Hand (1-1, 3.05 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while southpaw Roy Merritt (1-1, 3.27 ERA) will toss for Sugar Land. Merritt was the 2015 Atlantic League Championship Series MVP for Somerset last year. He allowed 1 earned run in three starts totaling 23.0 innings.

Vote Vote Vote

Vote for TD Bank Ballpark in the Final Round of the Independent Ballpark of the Year Competition via Ballpark Digest. Instructions are on the Somerset Patriots Facebook Page.

Offensive Output

The Patriots lead the Atlantic League in runs scored with 291

Playoff Picture

With 11 games remaining, the Patriots lead the Ducks by 2.0 games in the Liberty Division race. Somerset’s lead was as many as 6.0 games. The Patriots do indeed own the tiebreaker. The Ducks are visiting the Bluefish for an evening contest.

The Great Gorski

In the month of June (last four starts), Darin Gorski has a 1.57 ERA

Guz Is The Man

During his last 12 games, Carlos Guzman has raised his batting average from .199 to .242. He is 17-for-44 (.386) with 15 RBI and 4 SBs. He has hit safely in 10 of his last 12 games. He had 12 total RBI in April/May.

LaHair Hammering Opposition

Bryan LaHair is 16-for-31 (.516) in his last nine games. He has 3 HRs, 8 BBs, and 10 RBI.

Time To Grind

From June 11th to July 9th the Somerset Patriots do not have an off day. They are playing 30 straight games to close the first half.

Somerset Speedsters

Somerset has swiped the most bases in the league with 85. That’s 27 more than the next closest team. Scott Kelly leads the league with 23. Mycal Jones is third in league with 19.

Patience Is A Virtue

The Patriots have drawn 31 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 “storey7” so type storey7 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 8:05 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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