Today’s Game Preview: Friday, May 19th

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Somerset Patriots (18-10) @ Long Island Ducks (12-15)

Games #29 * Friday, May 18 * 6:35 PM * Bethpage Ballpark * Central Islip, New York

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

Series at a Glance

Friday (6:35) SOM [RHP] Mitch Atkins (2-3, 4.72 ERA) @ LI [LHP] Rafael Perez (0-0, 4.50)
Saturday (6:35) SOM [LHP] Rick Teasley (2-0, 1.68 ERA) @ LI [RHP] Dennis O’Grady (1-1, 2.86 ERA)
Sunday (6:35)
SOM [RHP] David Kubiak (2-2, 2.45 ERA) @ LI [RHP] Tim Melville (1-2, 3.19)

Click here to read today’s complete game notes: GameNotes519

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.

CONGRATS ARE IN ORDER: Six 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, LHP Aaron Laffey (5/15) went to the Arizona Diamondbacks and reported to Triple-A Reno while RHP Vin Mazzaro (5/18) is heading to the Cincinnati Reds and will join Triple-A Louisville.

YO GONZA GONZA: Second-year Patriot Yovan Gonzalez has reached base safely in 16 of the 18 games he has played this season, including a seven-game hit streak (4/28 – 5/6). Gonzalez is currently four plate appearances (has 72, needs 75.6) shy of qualifying among league-leaders in batting, but his .339 average would otherwise rank fifth the Atlantic League.

NOT JUST PATCH WORK: Outfielder Justin Pacchioli has reached base in 10-straight games – including a nine-game hit streak (5/7-5/17) – and has scored a run in nine of his last 11. Over his last 10 games, Pacchioli is 13-28 (.464) with six RBI, 10 runs & eight SB.

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SCOTTY DOES KNOW: Infielder Scott Kelly has turned it on as of late, recording a hit in nine of his last 10 games. Over that stretch, the fourth-year Patriot is 12-34 (.353) with five runs scored, nine RBI and three SB.

SANDS(TORM): Former MLBer Jerry Sands has reached base in 11-straight games, including a 10-game hit streak (5/9 – 5/17). Over that stretch, Sands is 16-36 (.444) with 5 HR, 15 RBI and 11 runs. Sands currently leads the league in RBI (26), Runs (20), SLG (.625), 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 tossed 10.0 scoreless innings in his first 11 appearances with 12 strikeouts.

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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