Patriots Come From Behind To Defeat Ducks On Rain-Soaked Saturday Night

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Central Islip, NY- The Somerset Patriots (9-2, 44-30) rallied to earn a 6-4 win over the Long Island Ducks (6-5, 36-38) on a rain-soaked Saturday night at Bethpage Ballpark.

 

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The Patriots got the scoring underway for the sixth straight game, this time cashing in on a Matt Oberste RBI single in the first inning to take a 1-0 lead.

 

Long Island responded right away, tying the game at one apiece in the bottom of the first on an RBI double from Lew Ford.

 

Somerset starting pitcher Cory Riordan would exit the game after just two innings because of precautionary reasons. The Ducks then took the lead when they added a pair in the bottom of the third off reliever Vince Molesky, getting RBI singles from Taylor Ard and Ramon Cabrera.

 

The Patriots grabbed one back in the top of the fifth when Alfredo Rodriguez put a line drive up the middle to score Mike Blanke and cut the deficit in half. But, that run would be cancelled out on a Travis Snider solo home run in the next half inning.

 

However, as the rain continued to fall at Bethpage Ballpark and the conditions continued to worsen, Somerset’s will to win grew stronger. They had bases loaded in the top of the sixth and two outs, when Craig Massey hit a ground ball to the left side of the infield that seemingly was going to end the inning. However, Long Island shortstop Dan Lyons’ throw went over the head of first baseman Ard, going out of play and allowing two runs to come home to score. It tied the game 4-4 and gave the Patriots the momentum they would need.

 

After a scoreless bottom of the sixth, Rodriguez greeted the first pitch of the top of the seventh from Carlos Pimentel (0-3) by smashing it over the left field wall to give the Patriots a 5-4 lead. They would add another in the inning on an RBI fielder’s choice by Mike Fransoso to make it 6-4.

 

Ryan Kelly (14th SV) came on in the ninth inning, allowing the tying run to come to the plate. But, he struck out Snider to end the ballgame and complete the come-from-behind win.

 

Chase Huchingson (4-0) worked a scoreless inning of relief with a strikeout to earn the victory.

 

Pimentel suffered the loss after giving up the go-ahead home run in the seventh.

 

The Patriots lineup smashed 15 hits for the second consecutive night. The offense has been scorching hot, putting up double-digit hits for the fifth straight game.

 

The 2018 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford will continue on the road until Monday, July 23rd when the Patriots return to TD Bank Ballpark for a 7:05 pm game against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs. The game includes Bark In The Park Night. For tickets, visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

 

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Somerset Patriots Acquire INF Nate Coronado

Coronado BlogsBridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots have acquired infielder Nate Coronado from the Ottawa Champions of the Can-Am League for future considerations.

Coronado will be entering his first season with the Somerset Patriots and was in his third season in the Atlantic League, having spent the part of this year with the Lancaster Barnstormers. He previously played for the Barnstormers in 2017 and the Camden Riversharks in 2015.

In 29 games for the Barnstormers this season, the Philadelphia native hit .277 with 14 runs scored, 26 hits, four doubles, a triple, three home runs and 13 RBI. Prior to joining Lancaster, he played in ten games for Tampa, the Single-A affiliate of the New York Yankees.

Coronado hit .333 with 32 runs, 69 hits, 13 doubles, two triples, six home runs and 38 RBI for the Barnstormers during the 2017 season. That year, he also appeared in five games with the Colorado Rockies Rookie club Grand Junction and hit three homes runs and drove in seven runs.

He has a minor league career .298 batting average with 114 hits, 17 doubles, four triples, 12 home runs and 62 RBI in 113 games.

Coronado has been activated for Saturday night’s game against the Long Island Ducks in Central Islip.

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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Flores Flourishes In Patriots Win Over Ducks On Friday Night

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Central Islip, NY- The Somerset Patriots (8-2, 43-30) handed the Long Island Ducks (6-4, 36-37) an 8-3 beating in the series opener on Friday night at Bethpage Ballpark.

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For the fifth consecutive ballgame, the Patriots scored first. On Friday, they struck for three runs in the third inning on RBI singles from Ramon Flores, Jermaine Curtis, and Yovan Gonzalez. The run-scoring singles were part of five straight hits in that third frame.

In the fourth inning, Flores came through again, propelling a pitch over the wall in right field for a solo home run to give Somerset a 4-0 lead.

Long Island responded in the bottom half, notching their first run of the game on an RBI double from David Washington.

Then, in the sixth inning, the Ducks made it a one-run game when Jordany Valdespin blooped a two-run single into left field, scoring Ramon Cabrera and Dan Lyons to make it 4-3.

However, the Patriots would put the game away for good after that, scoring the contest’s final four runs. In the seventh, Endy Chavez cracked an RBI single before Yovan Gonzalez lifted a sacrifice fly to garner an RBI and make it a 6-3 Somerset lead.

Finally, more fireworks in the ninth. Ramon Flores launched a fastball over the second row of advertisements and out of Bethpage Ballpark for his second home run of the game. It capped off a performance that included four hits, three RBI, and three runs scored. Endy Chavez concluded the scoring with an RBI double later that inning, giving him three hits on the night and two RBI.

David Kubiak (6-1) picked up the win, going five innings and allowing eight hits and one run while striking out eight. Kubiak is undefeated on the road this year, improving to 5-0 away from home.

Altogether, Patriots pitching registered 15 strikeouts tonight and allowed only one walk.

John Brownell (5-8) took the loss for the Ducks, working six innings and giving up four runs on 11 hits with six strikeouts.

The 2018 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford will continue on the road until Monday, July 23rd when the Patriots return to TD Bank Ballpark for a 7:05 pm game against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs. The game includes Bark In The Park Night. 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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Patriots Drop Series-Finale In Extras

Waldorf, MD- The Somerset Patriots (7-2, 42-30) fell to the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (5-4, 31-41) by a score of 6-5 in 10 innings in the series finale on Thursday night at Regency Furniture Stadium.

The Patriots got the scoring underway for the third consecutive night when Alfredo Rodriguez smashed an RBI double down the left field line in the first inning, scoring Craig Massey to give the Patriots a 1-0 lead. FINAL-7.19-fb

Southern Maryland would respond right away, with a Jon Griffin RBI double and an RBI groundout from Angelys Nina to give them a 2-1 lead.

However, Somerset would answer right back, scoring in the top of the second on a double play hit into by Yovan Gonzalez that scored Justin Trapp to tie the game at 2-2.

A pitcher’s duel then ensued between Rick Teasley and Blue Crabs’ starter Brett Marshall, trading multiple scoreless innings until the bottom of the sixth. There, Nina capped off three straight two-out hits with a three-run blast to give the Blue Crabs a 5-2 lead. 

But, again, the Patriots came roaring back. An RBI single from Ramon Flores and another RBI double from Rodriguez made it a 5-4 game in the top of the seventh. Gonzalez then tied the game with a line drive single into left field an inning later, setting up an extra-inning battle in the series finale.

The game remained tied until the bottom of the 10th, when Angelo Songco cracked a walk-off winning single down the right field line to score Edwin Garcia and give the Blue Crabs a 6-5 win.

Teasley allowed five runs on seven hits with four strikeouts over 6.2 innings in a no-decision. Marshall also picked up a no-decsion after allowing four runs over 6.1 innings of work.

Chris Mazza (1-0) gets the win for Southern Maryland in his second game with the team since signing earlier this month. He worked a scoreless 10th inning.

Dustin Molleken (1-1) allowed a run in the bottom of the 10th to take the loss.

The 2018 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford will continue on the road until Monday, July 23rd when the Patriots return to TD Bank Ballpark for a 7:05 pm game against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs. The game includes Bark In The Park Night. 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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The Somerset Patriots And 9-1-1 On FOX Are Looking For Hero First Responders

First Responders BlogsBridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots and 9-1-1 On FOX are asking for Hero First Responder nominations from the community.

Nominate a first responder to be recognized on the field during the pre-game ceremony and throw out a ceremonial first pitch at the Saturday, August 4th Somerset Patriots game against the New Britain Bees at TD Bank Ballpark. Three first responders will be chosen from the nominations to participate in the pre-game ceremonies and then enjoy the game with family and friends in a private suite.

All nominated first responders will receive two complimentary tickets to the game on behalf of 9-1-1 On FOX.

To nominate a first responder, please CLICK HERE!

The deadline to nominate is Sunday, July 29th.

The August 4th game features the best fireworks in New Jersey and a Fortnite event for fans of the popular gaming franchise presented by 9-1-1 On FOX. The first 250 kids in attendance will also receive a foam ambulance.

9-1-1 is a drama exploring the high-pressure experiences of police, paramedics and firefighters who are thrust into the most heart-stopping situations on a daily basis. 9-1-1 will begin its second season on Sunday, September 23rd after the NFL on FOX.

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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