Today’s Game Preview: Thursday, May 18

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Sugar Land Skeeters (15-12) @ Somerset Patriots (18-9)

Games #28 * Thursday, May 17 * 7:05 PM * TD Bank Ballpark * Bridgewater, New Jersey

On The Air: WCTC-AM 1450; WCTCam.com Twitter: @SOMPatriots @MarcSchwartz26 @ChrisDrabik

Series at a Glance

Tuesday (7:05) SOM defeats SL 2-0; Season-high 14 strikeouts for SOM pitchers; D. Kubiak 6 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 9 K
Wednesday (11:05) SOM defeats SL 6-0; SOM carries no-hitter through 5.1 IP, Sands 2-run HR seals it
Wednesday (7:05)
Andy Wilkina 3-4, 2 HR, 4 RBI; Late-inning rally falls short with tying run at plate in bottom ninth
Thursday (7:05)
SL [RHP] Brett Marshall (3-1, 7.24 ERA) @ SOM [RHP] Jerome Williams (1-0, 3.60 ERA)

Click here to view today’s complete game notes: GameNotes518

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.

WEST COAST DREAMIN’: Five Patriots have had their contracts purchased by MLB organizations in 2017. LHPs Jeremy Bleich (4/29) & Logan Darnell (5/9) both had their contracts purchased by the Los Angeles Dodgers & reported directly to Triple-A Oklahoma City. RHPs Tyler Cloyd (5/10) & Ryan Kelly (5/17) had their contracts purchased by the Seattle Mariners & reported to Triple-A Tacoma, while LHP Aaron Laffey (5/15) had his contract purchased by the Arizona Diamondbacks and reported to Triple-A Reno.

YO GONZA GONZA: Second-year Patriot Yovan Gonzalez has reached base safely in 15 of the 17 games he has played this season, including a seven-game hit streak (4/28 – 5/6). Gonzalez is currently four plate appearances (has 68, needs 72.9) shy of qualifying among league-leaders in batting, but his .339 average would otherwise rank fourth the Atlantic League.

NOT JUST PATCH WORK: After starting in three out of four games in the series in Southern Maryland, Justin Pacchioli has hit safely in nine-straight games, scored a run in nine of his last 10 and has an RBI in five of nine. Over his last eight games, Pacchioli is 13-25 with 6 RBI, 10 runs & 8 SB.

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PROTECT THIS HOUSE: Somerset is 10-3 at home this season. Four of the first 12 home games this season have gone into extra innings. Additionally, another game (5/6 vs. York) was decided in the bottom of the ninth. Somerset has six wins in its last at-bat this year, including four walk-off wins at home.

SANDS(TORM): Former MLBer Jerry Sands is currently riding an 10-game hit streak in which he is 16-34 (.471) with 5 HR, 15 RBI and 10 runs. Sands currently leads the league in RBI (26), Runs (19), SLG (.638), doubles (10), extra-base hits (17) and is tied for the league-lead in home runs (7).

KYLER ON FYLER: Fourth-year Patriots reliever Kyler Newby has gotten off to a lights-out start to begin the season, tossing 9.0 scoreless innings in his first nine appearances.

WELCOME ABOARD: The Patriots have recently signed two Major Leaguers, RHP Vin Mazzaro and RHP Jerome Williams (and RHP Will Oliver), who come to Somerset with a combined 19 seasons of service in the big leagues.

TOP 20: All season long, the Somerset Patriots will be unveiling their Top 20 players in franchise history. RHP Jim Migrane was just named the 16th greatest Patriot of all time. Follow along all season to find out who will join him!

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