Patriots LHP Aaron Laffey’s Contract Purchased By The Mets

LaffeyMetsFBBridgewater, NJ – The Somerset Patriots have announced that left-handed pitcher Aaron Laffey’s contract has been purchased by the New York Mets. Laffey is expected to report to Triple-A.

Laffey was 2-0 with a 3.10 ERA and 13 strikeouts over 20.1 innings pitched in four starts for Somerset this season. 2018 was his second season with the Somerset Patriots and in the Atlantic League.

The southpaw carried a 1-1 record with a 2.82 ERA over four starts with the Somerset Patriots last year, including five shutout innings with seven strikeouts in his first start of the year. He struck out 19 batters over 22 innings before his contract was purchased by the Arizona Diamondbacks organization on May 15. He went 5-3 over 21 appearances (13 starts) with Triple-A Reno to finish his 2017 season.

The Ridgeley, West Virginia resident has eight years of service in the big leagues, including four seasons with the Cleveland Indians (2007-10), half of a season split between the Seattle Mariners and New York Yankees (2011) and time with the Toronto Blue Jays (2012-13), New York Mets (2013) and Colorado Rockies (2015). Over 156 games in the majors (68 starts), Laffey recorded 26 wins with a 4.44 ERA in 494.1 innings of work.

Laffey has pitched exclusively in the majors, Triple-A level or with the Patriots over the last seven seasons. In 2016, Laffey went 6-6 with a 3.82 ERA over 29 games (14 starts) with Triple-A Syracuse in the Washington Nationals organization. The year prior, he went 5-4 over 27 games (12 starts) with Triple-A Albuquerque before earning a promotion to the majors with the Rockies. Laffey carries a 47-38 record over 157 games (114 starts) at the Triple-A level.

He becomes the third player to have his contract purchased by a Major League organization off the 2018 Somerset Patriots roster. Pitchers Scott Copeland (New York Mets) and Brett Oberholtzer (Colorado Rockies) each joined MLB teams during Somerset’s spring training in mid-April.

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.

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Patriots Swat Skeeters 9-1

522FBscoreBridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots (14-6) defeated the Sugar Land Skeeters (15-6) 9-1 at TD Bank Ballpark on Tuesday evening.

The Patriots took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning on RBI base hits by Julio Borbon and Mike Fransoso.

The Patriots exploded for seven runs in the bottom of the eighth inning. Fransoso starting the scoring with an RBI single before Alex Castellanos drove a two-run double to right field two batters later. Aaron Dudley then hit a sacrifice fly, Alfredo Rodriguez had an RBI single, Julio Borbon plated a run on a fielder’s choice, and an RBI single by Endy Chavez made the score 9-0.

“It was nice to put some crooked numbers on the board for us after a lot of one run games,” said Fransoso, who finished 2-for-4 with a run scored and two RBI. “It was nice to string some hits together 1-through-9 there. That was good for the team and we’ll just try to build from that.”

The Skeeters lone run came in the top of the ninth inning on an RBI fielder’s choice by Alvaro Rondon for the 9-1 final.

Trevor Foss (1-1) picked up the win with five scoreless innings and six strikeouts. Brett Marshall (1-1) suffered the loss, allowing two runs-one earned- on four hits in six innings pitched.

The 2018 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford will continue at home with a 6:35 pm game on Wednesday, May 23rd against the Sugar Land Skeeters. The game features Middlesex and Hunterdon County Teacher Appreciation Night. For tickets, visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

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Today’s Game Preview: Tuesday, May 22nd

Today’s Game:

Somerset Patriots (13-6) vs. Sugar Land Skeeters (15-7)
Game #20 * Tuesday, May 22 * 6:35 pm * TD Bank Ballpark * Bridgewater, NJ
On The Air: 1450 WCTC; WCTCam.com; Twitter: @SOMPatriots @MarcSchwartz26 @8oyle
Series at a Glance:
Tuesday (6:35 pm) SOM [RHP] Trevor Foss (0-1, 3.55 ERA) vs SL [RHP] Brett Marshall (1-0, 1.92 ERA)
Wednesday (6:35 pm) SOM [LHP] Duane Below (1-1, 4.84 ERA) vs SL [RHP] Dallas Beeler (1-0, 4.32 ERA)
Thursday (11:05 am) SOM [RHP] Kyle Davies (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs SL [LHP] Ben Griset (2-0, 3.72 ERA)
Click here to view today’s complete game note: GAME NOTES 5.22.18

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.
inVINCEable: Somerset’s bullpen features a number of former big leaguers, but first-year Patriot Vince Molesky has impressed thus far. Molesky has allowed just three earned runs over 15.1 innings this season, good for a 1.76 ERA (2nd in ALPB). He has tossed 9.1 consecutive scoreless innings with eight strikeouts.
ANTONINI SHINES: Second-year Patriots southpaw Mike Antonini has not allowed an earned run over his first 12.1 innings on just three hits with 15 K.
RED-HOT A-ROD: Shortstop Alfredo Rodriguez saw his six-game hit streak end Friday, but has reached base in 12 of his last 14. Over that span, Rodriguez is 18-for-50 (.360) with three RBI, four doubles, six walks and nine runs. His .344 average ranks eighth in the league, while his .452 OBP ranks fourth. He has reached base safely in 17 of the 19 games in which he has played this season.
BORBON STREET: Outfielder Julio Borbon is 8-for-20 over his last five games with a home run, three RBI, three runs and four extra-base hits. This streak has his average back up to .292 on the year. The five-year big leaguer is third in the league in doubles (8), second in extra-base hits (12) and fifth in slugging (.569)
IT’S A WALK OFF!: Somerset enjoyed four walk-off wins over its first six games of the year and now has five walk-offs over 15 home games this season. The Patriots had 11 walk-off wins in the 2017 season.
NUMBAH ONE: Though Mike Fransoso recently saw a six-game hit streak come to an end, the UMaine grad still ranks amongst league leaders. He ranks sixth in average (.367) and fourth in OBP (.456).
CLOSE GAME MAGIC: Nine of Somerset’s first 13 wins have come by just one run. They are 9-1 in one-run games this season and were 20-21 last year.
DUDLEY DO-RIGHT: Aaron Dudley had his team-high 12-game on-base streak end Friday night, but still ranks 3rd on the team in batting (.333), which is also good for ninth in the league. The first-year Patriot also owns two of the five Somerset walk-off winners this season.
IT’S A TRAPP: Justin Trapp has reached base safely in 16 of the 18 games in which he has played this year, including each of his last seven. Over this stretch, the second-year Patriot has two runs, two doubles, two RBI, four walks and eight steals. He currently leads the team in RBI (11) and is tied for second in the league in stolen bases (9).
SWEET AS SUGAR: The Patriots will look to build off the offensive explosion they showed the last time they played the Sugar Land Skeeters, when they put up a season-high 13 runs with 18 hits. They also scored more runs (23) in that series than any other this season.
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Patriots Take Finale And Series Over Ducks

520FBfinalBridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots (13-6) defeated the Long Island Ducks (12-9) 5-4 before 6,022 fans at TD Bank Ballpark on Sunday afternoon.

The Patriots took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning on an error that allowed Alex Castellanos to score.

Somerset extended the lead with three runs in the bottom of the third inning on an RBI single by Castellanos and a two-run double by Mike Fransoso that gave the Patriots a 4-0 advantage.

Long Island cut the lead to 4-2 on a two-run home run by Travis Snider (3) in the top of the fourth inning.

Adam Weisenburger’s solo home run (2) in the bottom of the sixth inning made the score 5-2.

The Ducks plated two runs in the top of the ninth inning on an RBI double by Cody Puckett and an RBI groundout by Ramon Cabrera for the 5-4 final.

Aaron Laffey (2-0) picked up the win, allowing two earned runs on seven hits and three strikeouts in 5.1 innings pitched.

“I went out there and attacked the zone and let the defense work for me. That’s what I’ve pretty much done my whole career,” said Laffey. “Having the confidence in the guys behind me and the bullpen after me going out there and competing like we all did.”
Jake Dunning (1-2) suffered the loss, allowing four earned runs on five hits in three innings pitched. Ryan Kelly earned his third save of the season.

The 2018 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford will continue at home with a 6:35 pm game on Tuesday, May 22nd against the Sugar Land Skeeters. The game features Somerset and Union County Teacher Appreciation Night. For tickets, visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

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Today’s Game Preview: Sunday, May 20

Today’s Game:

Somerset Patriots (12-6) vs. Long Island Ducks (12-8)
Game #19 * Sunday, May 20 * 1:05 pm * TD Bank Ballpark * Bridgewater, NJ
On The Air: 1450 WCTC; WCTCam.com; SPN.tv Twitter: @SOMPatriots @MarcSchwartz26 @8oyle
Series at a Glance:
Friday (7:05 pm) SOM def. LI 1-0; Five different pitchers combine for 3-hit shutout; Dudley walk-off sac fly in the 9th
Saturday (7:05 pm) LI def. SOM 6-2: Gutsy performance by Brownell; 3-run first and 3-run seventh inning led way
Sunday (1:05 pm) SOM [LHP] Aaron Laffey (1-0, 3.00 ERA) vs LI [RHP] Jake Dunning (1-1, 2.70 ERA)
Click here to view today’s complete game note: GAME NOTES 5.20.18

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.
inVINCEable: Somerset’s bullpen features a number of former big leaguers, but first-year Patriot Vince Molesky has impressed thus far. Molesky has allowed just three earned runs over 15.1 innings this season, good for a 1.76 ERA (3rd in ALPB). He has tossed 9.1 consecutive scoreless innings, over which he has faced five over the minimum and yielded five hits and one walk with eight strikeouts.
ANTONINI SHINES: Second-year Patriots southpaw Mike Antonini has not allowed an earned run over his first 11 innings on just two hits with 12 strikeouts.
RED-HOT A-ROD: Shortstop Alfredo Rodriguez saw his six-game hit streak end Friday, but has reached base in 11 of his last 13. Over that span, Rodriguez is 17-for-47 (.362) with three RBI, four doubles, five walks and nine runs. His .345 average ranks eighth in the league, while his .449 OBP ranks sixth. He has reached base safely in 16 of the 18 games in which he has played this season.
BORBON STREET: Outfielder Julio Borbon is 7-for-17 over his last four games with a home run, three RBI, three runs and three extra-base hits. This streak has his average back up to .290 on the year. The five-year big leaguer is fourth in the league in doubles (7), fourth in extra-base hits (11) and fifth in slugging (.565)
IT’S A WALK OFF!: Somerset enjoyed four walk-off wins over its first six games of the year and now has five walk-offs over 13 home games this season. The Patriots had 11 walk-off wins in the 2017 season.
NUMBAH ONE: Though Mike Fransoso recently saw a six-game hit streak come to an end, the UMaine grad still ranks amongst league leaders. He ranks sixth in average (.370), fourth in OBP (.453) and tied for ninth in runs (14).
CLOSE GAME MAGIC: Eight of Somerset’s first 12 wins have come by just one run. They are 8-1 in one-run games this season and were 20-21 last year.
DUDLEY DO-RIGHT: Aaron Dudley had his team-high 12-game on-base streak end Friday night, but still ranks 3rd on the team in batting (.333), which is also good for ninth in the league. The first-year Patriot also owns two of the five Somerset walk-off winners this season.
IT’S A TRAPP: Justin Trapp has reached base safely in 15 of the 16 games in which he has played this year, including each of his last six. Over this six-game stretch, the second-year Patriot has two runs, two doubles, two RBI, four walks and seven steals. He currently leads the team in RBI (11) and is tied for second in the league in stolen bases (8).
DUCK SEASON: The Somerset Patriots and Long Island Ducks have now played 350 regular season games between each other, with both teams winning exactly 175 games each. Somerset has taken three-of-five against their rivals this year.
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