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Somerset Patriots (18-12) @ Long Island Ducks (14-15)

Games #31 * Sunday, May 20 * 1:35 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) LI defeats SOM 4-3; Atkins 1 ER over 6 IP (74 pitches), three-run rally for LI in 9th to win
Saturday (6:35) LI defeats SOM 4-3; Teasley season-high 7.2 IP w/ 9 K; LI two-run rally in 9th after three-run SOM 9th
Sunday (1:35)
SOM [RHP] David Kubiak (2-2, 2.45 ERA) @ LI [RHP] Tim Melville (1-2, 3.19)

Click here to view today’s complete game notes: GameNotes521

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 17 of the 19 games he has played this season, including a seven-game hit streak (4/28 – 5/6). Gonzalez is currently five plate appearances (has 76, needs 81) shy of qualifying among league-leaders in batting, but his .369 average would otherwise rank second the Atlantic League.

NOT JUST PATCH WORK: Outfielder Justin Pacchioli has reached base in 12-straight games – including a nine-game hit streak (5/7-5/17) – and has scored a run in nine of his last 13. Over his last 11 games, Pacchioli is 14-37 (.478) with eight RBI, 10 runs & eight SB.

SCOTTY DOES KNOW: Infielder Scott Kelly has turned it on as of late, recording a hit in 10 of his last 12 games. Over that stretch, the fourth-year Patriot is 13-43 (.302) with five runs scored, nine RBI and four SB.

SANDS(TORM): Former MLBer Jerry Sands has reached base in 13-straight games, including a 10-game hit streak (5/9 – 5/17). Over that stretch, Sands is 18-44 (.409) with 5 HR, 15 RBI and 12 runs. Sands currently leads the league in RBI (26), SLG (.606), extra-base hits (18), is tied for the league-lead in doubles (11) and tied for second in home runs (7) and runs scored (21).

KYLER ON FYLER: Fourth-year Patriots reliever Kyler Newby has tossed 10.1 scoreless innings in his first 12 appearances with 12 strikeouts.

YOU DONE RIGHT, A-AHARON: 5th-year outfielder Aharon Eggleston currently ranks eighth in the Atlantic League in batting (.320), and is 8-16 (.500) over his last five games with four RBI. He has an RBI in four of his last seven games.

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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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