May 6th Game Notes; Patriots @ Skeeters

Sugar Land, TX – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (14-1) visit the Sugar Land Skeeters (8-7) for the first game of a three game weekend series. First pitch from Constellation Field is scheduled for 8:05 p.m. eastern time. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. Both teams had to take early morning flights to fly from the northeast to the southwest.gameday1

Starting Pitching Matchup

Righty Scott McGregor (1-0, 0.77 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow righty hurler Sean Gallagher (1-1, 3.68 ERA) will toss for Sugar Land.

Closing Time

Jon Hunton, entering his 5th year with the Patriots, is one save away from becoming the all-time saves leader in Atlantic League history. He currently has 134, matching Jim Ed Warden, formerly of Southern Maryland.

Comeback Kids

Somerset has eight come from behind wins this season. Last night they erased a six run seventh inning hole. Twice they have erased three run deficits. They have four one-run wins, five last at bat wins and three extra inning wins.

Offensive Outbursts

The Patriots have tallied at least four runs 13 times in 15 games

Kid Kelly

Scott Kelly is in the midst of a seven game hitting streak. He leads the league in steals (8). He has the third best batting average in the Atlantic League coming in at a .388 clip.

Consistently Consistent

Trayvon Robinson is in the midst of a team-high 12 game hitting streak. Aharon Eggleston is in the midst of an eight game hitting streak.

Chess Match

This series features two of the best skippers in the Atlantic League. Gary Gaetti was the 2013 Manager of the Year. Brett Jodie was the 2015 Manager of the Year. Both are former MLB players.

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Patriots Come Back From 6-Run Deficit To Win 9-7

55fbBridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots overcame a 6-0 deficit to defeat the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs 9-7 at TD Bank Ballpark on Thursday evening.

 

Trailing 7-1 in the seventh inning, the Patriots rallied for six runs to tie up the game. Matt Fields and Yovan Gonzalez each smacked two-run doubles to move Somerset into striking distance. A two-run single by recently re-signed outfielder Vinny Zarrillo knotted the game up at seven runs apiece.

 

“There were a ton of good at-bats put together by the team and when I got up there, I just wanted to keep it rolling. I was trying to find a good pitch, something I could hit hard and try to help us out,” said Zarrillo, a former Rutgers University Baseball standout.

 

With the bases loaded and two-out in the bottom of the eighth inning, Scott Kelly hit a perfectly placed single to drive home two and give the Patriots their first lead of the game at 9-7.

 

Patriots starter Darin Gorski struggled early on as the Blue Crabs jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the second inning. 11 batters came to the plate with matching two-run singles off the bats of Steve Lombardozzi and Darby Myers highlighting the scoring. Jamar Walton and Fred Lewis each added RBI singles during the frame.

 

“The first inning I thought started out alright. I was trying to attack guys. The second inning I kind of got a little away from that and some balls dropped in that put us behind the eight ball,” said Gorski. “That’s all part of it. You’re going to have games where they hit the ball on the screw and it goes right to people. You’re also going to have games where things drop in.”

 

Somerset cut into the lead with a run in the fourth inning. Mycal Jones reached on a walk and scored on a double by Randolph, NJ native Rob Kral.

 

Gorski settled down and remained in the game with three scoreless innings before finding trouble in the sixth inning and being replaced by Connor Little. Lombardozzi added to the lead that inning on a double to deep right center field.  The RBI was Lombardozzi’s seventh of the series against Somerset, finishing 7-for-15 (.467) while also scoring four times.

 

Patriots newcomer Evan Meek (1-0) picked up the win with a scoreless inning pitched. Justin Berg (0-3) suffered the loss, allowing two earned runs on two hits in 1.1 innings pitched. Jon Hunton earned his fifth save of the season, which was also his Atlantic League career record-tying 134th save.

The 2016 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford continues on the road until Friday, May 13th when the team returns to TD Bank Ballpark for a 7:05 pm game against the Lancaster Barnstormers. For tickets visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

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May 5th Game Notes; Blue Crabs @ Patriots

Bridgewater, NJ – Tonight the Somerset Patriots (13-1) host the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (3-10) in the final game of a four game midweek series. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. from TD Bank Ballpark. Download today’s comprehensive game notes. Last night the Patriots had their 13 game winning streak snapped as they fell by a final of 6-4. It was the longest winning streak to start a season in Atlantic League history.  gameday1

Starting Pitching Matchup

Lefty Darin Gorski (1-0, 4.65 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset while fellow southpaw Scott Snodgress (0-1, 10.28 ERA) will toss for Southern Maryland.

Comeback Kids

Somerset has seven come from behind wins this season. Twice they have erased three run deficits. They have four one-run wins, four last at bat wins and three extra inning wins.

Sharing The Wealth

Somerset has spanked 10 home runs by seven different players

Somerset Speedsters

The Patriots lead the Atlantic League in stolen bases at 22

Kid Kelly

Scott Kelly is in the midst of a six game hitting streak. He has the third best batting average in the Atlantic League coming in at a .378 clip.

Consistently Consistent

Trayvon Robinson is in the midst of a team-high 11 game hitting streak. Aharon Eggleston is in the midst of an eight game hitting streak.

Closing Time

Jon Hunton, entering his 5th year with the Patriots, is two saves away from becoming the all-time saves leader in Atlantic League history. He currently has 133. Jim Ed Warden, formerly of Southern Maryland, holds the mark with 134.

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Patriots Suffer First Loss Of Season With 6-4 Defeat

54g2fbBridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots record-breaking streak to start the season ended at 13 as the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs won 6-4 at TD Bank Ballpark on Wednesday evening.

 

“In baseball you’re taught to win a series and that’s supposed to be good enough. You’re not expected to sweep or win ten in a row. I actually like to go after each game individually, and if you get the first two, let’s get the third one. I think that’s how we’ve come out and tried to do things,” said manager Brett Jodie.

 

The Patriots took an early 2-0 lead in the second inning. Carlos Guzman drew a walk and Mycal Jones followed with a single. Both runners advanced on a wild pitch to move to second and third. Scott Kelly then laced a run-scoring single to left field. Jones later came home to score on a bunt by Darwin Perez.

 

Somerset extended the lead to 3-0 in the fourth on a sacrifice fly by Rob Kral.

 

The Blue Crabs cut the lead to one with two runs of their own in the ensuing inning on a two-run single by Steve Lombardozzi.

 

Patriots starter Jeremy Horst finished his night allowing two runs on eight hits in 5.2 innings pitched in a no-decision.

 

“The first three innings I was fortunate enough to get a couple double plays to get out of some trouble. At the end there, I felt that I let my emotions get to me a little bit. I tried to rush things instead of slowing the game down, maintaining my pitch locations, and staying on top of stuff. Those guys did a great job tonight,” said Horst.

 

Matt Fields answered in the bottom of the fifth inning, launching a solo home run (2) to left that made the score 4-2

 

The Blue Crabs then rallied to take their first lead of the game with three runs in the seventh inning. A base hit by Lombardozzi gave him his third RBI of the game. Darby Myers followed with an RBI triple and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Zach Wilson for a 5-4 lead.

 

Southern Maryland got an insurance run in the eighth on a solo home run by Fred Lewis (3) for the 6-4 final.

 

Reliever Jeff Urlaub (1-0) picked up the win with two scoreless innings pitched. Arik Sikula (0-1) suffered the loss, allowing three earned runs on three hits in an inning pitched. Cody Eppley earned his first save of the season with a perfect ninth inning pitched.

 

“The feeling I get is that everybody here is trying to show what they can do on a baseball field, which makes guys stand out. Everybody is playing around each other and that definitely helps. Everybody is controlling what they can control and we understand each other. This early in the season we all have a good feeling about what each of us can do out there,” Horst added.

 

The 2016 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford continues with a 7:05 pm game against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs on Thursday at TD Bank Ballpark. For tickets visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

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Somerset Patriots Reach 13-0 After 4-1 Win

54g1fbBridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots improved to 13-0 to start the season after a 4-1 win over the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs at TD Bank Ballpark on Wednesday afternoon. With the win, the Patriots have tied the Major League Baseball record for wins to start a season held by the 1982 Atlanta Braves and the 1987 Milwaukee Brewers.

 

The Blue Crabs took an early 1-0 lead in the third inning on an RBI base hit by Michael Snyder.

 

That was the only offense Southern Maryland was able to muster off Somerset starter Efrain Nieves (1-0), who allowed just two hits and struck out four in five innings for the win. Relievers Gus Schlosser and Jon Hunton also threw a scoreless inning each.

 

“I felt like I did a good job of staying in the moment and controlling the game. I was able to limit the damage and had the defense behind me picking me up when I needed it,” said Nieves.

 

The Patriots broke the game open with a three-run fifth inning. Yovan Gonzalez doubled to lead off the inning and later scored on a RBI fielder’s choice off the bat of Trayvon Robinson. After an Eric Farris single put runners on first and second, Carlos Guzman smacked a two-run double to left-center field for a 3-1 advantage.

 

“I was just trying to do my part and not try to do too much. We pretty much have everything on this team so you don’t want to play outside your game. I’m in the three-hole or five-hole every night so I’m obviously supposed to produce. I was just looking for something I could hit. Eventually he threw a fast ball in there, that’s what I was looking for and I got it,” Guzman said.

 

Somerset added an insurance run in the sixth on an RBI single by Farris to provide the 4-1 final.

 

Hunton came in the for the seventh to notch his fifth save of the season and move to within one of tying the Atlantic League career record.

 

The 13-0 start extends the Atlantic League record for most consecutive wins to open a season.

 

“We have high character guys. When you have those kind of guys in the locker room and around you, it spreads. It’s just unbelievable,” Guzman added.

 

The 2016 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford continues with a 7:05 pm game against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs on Wednesday at TD Bank Ballpark. For tickets visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

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