Today’s Game Preview: Thursday, May 4th

Somerset Patriots (9-4) @ New Britain Bees (4-8)

Game #14 * Thursday, May 4 * 6:35 pm * New Britain Stadium * New Britain, Connecticut

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Series at a Glance

Monday (6:35) SOM defeats NB 12-1; Season-highs in runs (12) & four-run 1st inning; Cloyd 4 scoreless IP, 6 K
Tuesday (6:35) SOM defeats NB 5-3; Logan Darnell allows two runs over 5 innings to earn first win
Wednesday (10:35am)
SOM defeats NB 5-1; Mitch Atkins six scoreless innings w/ season-high nine strikeouts
Thursday (6:35) SOM [LHP] Aaron Laffey (1-1, 2.70 ERA) @ NB [RHP] Brian Dupra (2-0, 2.70 ERA)

Click here for today’s complete game notes: GameNotes54

PLATINUM ANNIVERSARY: 2017 is Somerset’s 20th season as a franchise, an achievement that will be celebrated all season long. Having already won an Atlantic League-record six championships, the Patriots look looking to make it seven league titles in their 20th season of action.

MAJOR EXPERIENCE: This year’s version of the Somerset Patriots features a whopping 11 players who have spent time on an MLB roster, as well as nine additional players who have service at the Triple-A level.

CONGRATS ARE IN ORDER: On Saturday, April 29th, left-handed pitcher Jeremy Bleich’s contract was purchased by the Los Angeles Dodgers organization. He is reporting directly to Triple-A Oklahoma City. He is the first Somerset Patriot to have his contract purchased by a Major League organization this year.

DARR-RUN FORD: In Ford’s return to the lineup (5/1), the former MLBer went 3-4 with three runs and two stolen bases. Ford has hit safely in six of the nine games in which he has played this year, ranks fourth in the league in steals (7), sixth in batting (.353) and seventh in on-base percentage (.421). Additionally, the Patriots are 7-1 in games in which Ford has played at least two innings.

WALK THIS WAY: Through the first 13 games of the season, Somerset leads in the Atlantic League in walks as a team (50). Equally impressive, the Patriots has struck out the second-fewest amount of times as a team (82). Alfredo Rodriguez has drawn six walks in the last three games against New Britain and is tied with teammate Bryan LaHair for third in the league (9).

LET’S GO STREAKING!: 2017 has been a season of streaks for the Patriots. Somerset won it’s first six games of the year before dropping their next four. The Patriots are currently riding a three-game winning streak.

KYLER ON FYLER : Fourth-year Patriots reliever Kyler Newby has gotten off to a lights-out start to begin the season, tossing 5.1 scoreless innings in his first six appearances. Additionally, Newby has not allowed a hit yet this year, yielded just one walk and has one of two saves for the team. He is one of three pitchers on the team yet to allow an earned run (Duane Below, Ronnie Shaban).

START ‘EM UP: Four of the five pitchers in the Somerset Patriots starting rotation have had service at the Major League level (Darnell, Atkins, Laffey and Cloyd). Lucas Irvine, the team’s 5th starter, finished sixth in the Atlantic League in 2015 in ERA (3.41)

TOP 20: All season long, the Somerset Patriots will be unveiling their Top 20 players in franchise history. Five-year RHP Casey Cahill was just named the 18th greatest Patriot of all time. Follow along all season to find out who will join him!

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