Skeeters Take Series-Finale In Walk-Off Fashion

Sugar Land, Texas- The Somerset Patriots (21-16, 56-44) dropped Thursday night’s series-finale in 3-2 in extras to the Sugar Land Skeeters (25-11, 66-33) at Constellation Field.

The Skeeters jumped to an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first on a Juan Silverio RBI groundout. The Patriots immediately answered in the top of the second on a pair of solo home runs from Justin Trapp (6) and Nate Coronado (5). It marked the first time this year that the Patriots hit two home runs in the same inning and it provided a 2-1 lead. FINAL-816-fb

The game remained at a 2-1 difference until the bottom of the eighth inning. Duane Below tossed six-straight scoreless frames and finished his night after the seventh, having allowed just one run on six hits, no walks and three strikeouts.

Sugar Land tied up the game with an unearned run in the eighth on an RBI double from Silverio down the third base line.

Despite a number of opportunities for the Patriots to take the lead in the ensuing innings, the game remained tied at 2-2 until Matt Chavez (11) ended the night with a solo home run to left field in the bottom of the 11th inning.

Kraig Sitton (3-0) earned the win with a scoreless inning of relief. Dustin Molleken (2-2) took the loss after he yielded a run over 1.0+ innings of work.

The 2018 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford continues on the road until Friday, August 17th when the Patriots return to TD Bank Ballpark for an 7:05 p.m. game against the York Revolution. The game includes a Drawstring Backpacks for the first 2,000 fans, presented by Applegate. For tickets, visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

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The Atlantic League has been a leader in professional baseball and a gateway to Major League Baseball since 1998. Over 38 million fans have attended Atlantic League games and more than 900 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.

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Somerset Patriots To Welcome SEAL Team SIX Retired Captain Ron Yeaw

Yeaw BlogsBridgewater, NJ – The Somerset Patriots will welcome retired U.S. Navy Captain Ron Yeaw of SEAL Team SIX to TD Bank Ballpark for the team’s game against the York Revolution scheduled for 7:05 pm on Friday, August 17th.

Yeaw will be the team’s special guest and will throw out a ceremonial first pitch before the game. He will also address the front office staff and the team earlier in the afternoon.

Yeaw is a proven leader and senior manager with extensive operational and managerial experience in the military and private sector professional services and security industries.

The retired U.S. Navy Captain has close to 30 years of service to our country from 1965 to 1994. During that time, Yeaw was Commander of SEAL Team SIX, the world’s premier maritime counterterrorist force that consisted of 220 hand-picked members and over 500 support personnel.

Within the Naval Special Warfare Community, Yeaw served in a variety of highly competitive Navy and joint service operational, command, and staff positions. These include commands of Underwater Demolition Team 21, SEAL Team SIX, and Chief of Staff of the Counterterrorist Joint Task Force.

During his distinguished military career, Yeaw was awarded 45 medals and ribbons including the Superior Service Medal, Navy Legion of Merit, five Defense and Navy Meritorious Service Medals, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, the Purple Heart, and nine medals with the combat “V” for valor including four Bronze Stars.
The 2018 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford is underway and features the team’s 20th Season at TD Bank Ballpark. The team has clinched a playoff spot already by winning the 2018 Liberty Division First Half Championship. For tickets, 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 38 million fans have attended Atlantic League games and more than 900 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.

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

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Molesky Shines As Patriots Shut Out Skeeters

Sugar Land, Texas- The Somerset Patriots (21-15, 56-43) rode an impressive Vince Molesky performance to a 2-0 win over the the Sugar Land Skeeters (24-11, 65-33) Wednesday night at Constellation Field.

Both teams were held off the scoreboard until the Patriots broke through with a two-out rally in the top of the fifth. Back-to-back two-out RBI singles from Mike Fransoso and Alfredo Rodriguez put Somerset in front 2-0. FINAL-815-fb

That was all the offense Somerset needed with Vince Molesky (4-1) on the mound. The first-year Patriot righty worked around danger a couple of times to toss eight scoreless innings. Molesky yielded eight hits and just one walk with five strikeouts on a season-high 102 pitches.

Molesky’s eight shutout innings now gives him an Atlantic League-best 2.46 ERA on the year.

“I was just trying to go with what I have been doing lately,” said Molesky. “I always try to get ahead of hitters quickly and keep them off balance. Early on in the season I was going more with my changeup and slider, but now that I am starting again, I have tried to go back to the curveball to add another pitch. I just try to build off of each start. There is still always room for improvement and things I could have done better.”

Ryan Kelly (17) allowed a pair of bases runners in the bottom of the ninth inning but held the Skeeters off the board to earn the save. Conner Wade (6-4) surrendered two runs on six hits over six innings to take the loss.

The Patriots and Skeeters conclude their seven-game series Wednesday night. First pitch at Constellation Field is set for 7:05 p.m. CST (8:05 p.m. EST).

The 2018 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford continues on the road until Friday, August 17th when the Patriots return to TD Bank Ballpark for an 7:05 p.m. game against the York Revolution. The game includes a Drawstring Backpacks for the first 2,000 fans, presented by Applegate. For tickets, 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 38 million fans have attended Atlantic League games and more than 900 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.

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

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Big Inning Early Sets Back Patriots In Loss

Sugar Land, Texas- The Somerset Patriots (20-15, 55-43) fell to the Sugar Land Skeeters (24-10, 65-32) 6-4 Tuesday night at Constellation Field.

The Skeeters took the lead early with a four-run bottom of the third inning. Barrett Barnes opened the scoring on an RBI single. Two-out RBI singles from Juan Silverio and Matt Chavez – along with a run-scoring wild pitch – later in the inning increased the lead to 4-0. FINAL-814-fb

Somerset got on the board in the top of the sixth inning. A bases-loaded walk to Mike Fransoso and a run-scoring wild pitch brought the Patriots within a pair of runs. Somerset got a run closer in the top of the eighth on a Jayce Boyd RBI groundout to make it a one-run game.

Sugar Land answered the next half inning to put the game out of reach. RBI singles from Albert Cordero and Luke Dyskstra put the Skeeters in front 6-4. The Patriots got a run back in the top of the ninth on a Justin Pacchioli stolen base paired with a two-base throwing error, but that topped off the scoring.

The Patriots’ bullpen allowed just two runs over five and a third innings Tuesday night, including scoreless performances from Mike Antonini, Zech Zinicola, Chase Huchingson and Dustin Antolin.

Dallas Beeler (7-1) earned the win after he allowed two runs on seven hits over six innings. Nate Roe (4-2) yielded four runs over 2.2 innings to take the loss. Felipe Paulino (25) allowed an unearned run in the ninth to lock down the save.

The Patriots and Skeeters continue their seven-game series Wednesday night. First pitch at Constellation Field is set for 7:05 p.m. CST (8:05 p.m. EST).

The 2018 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford continues on the road until Friday, August 17th when the Patriots return to TD Bank Ballpark for an 7:05 p.m. game against the York Revolution. The game includes a Drawstring Backpacks for the first 2,000 fans, presented by Applegate. For tickets, 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 38 million fans have attended Atlantic League games and more than 900 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.

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

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Skeeters Shut Out Somerset

Sugar Land, Texas- The Somerset Patriots (20-14, 55-42) were shut out by the Sugar Land Skeeters (23-10, 64-32) 8-0 Monday night at Constellation Field.

The Skeeters jumped in front 2-0 in the bottom of second on a two-out RBI single from Alvaro Rondon and a run-scoring wild pitch. They added five runs in the bottom of the third on a Justin Pacchioli fielding error, a Matt Chavez (10) two-run home run and RBI singles from Javier Betancourt and Barrett Barnes. FINAL-813-fb

Sugar Land increased their lead to 8-0 on a Betancourt RBI infield single.

The Patriots lineup was limited to four hits on the evening. Two position players – Al Reda and Mike Blanke – made relief appearances in the seventh and eighth innings, respectively.

Yasutomo Kubo (3-0) tossed seven shutout innings to earn the win. Ross Vance (0-1) allowed seven runs (six earned) on eight hits and four walks in his Patriots’ debut to take the loss.

The Patriots and Skeeters continue their seven-game series Tuesday night. First pitch at Constellation Field is set for 7:05 p.m. CST (8:05 p.m. EST).

The 2018 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford continues on the road until Friday, August 17th when the Patriots return to TD Bank Ballpark for an 7:05 p.m. game against the York Revolution. The game includes a Drawstring Backpacks for the first 2,000 fans, presented by Applegate. For tickets, 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 38 million fans have attended Atlantic League games and more than 900 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.

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

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