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Somerset Patriots (19-13) @ Sugar Land Skeeters (18-15)

Games #33 & #34 * Tuesday, 5/23 * 12:05 PM & 8:05 PM EST * Constellation Field * Sugar Land, Texas

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

Series at a Glance

Monday (8:05) SOM defeats SL 10-8; Patriots trailed 3-0 and 6-2 early. Duane Below: 4.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 4 K
Tuesday (12:05) SOM [RHP] Will Oliver (1-0, 0.00) @ SL [RHP] Brett Marshall (4-1, 6.62)
Tuesday (8:05) SOM [RHP] Jerome Williams (1-1, 4.09) @ SL [RHP] Michael Nix (2-4, 3.70)

Click here to view today’s complete game notes: GameNotes523

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 18 of the 20 games he has played this season, including a seven-game hit streak (4/28 – 5/6). Gonzalez is currently seven plate appearances (has 80, needs 87) shy of qualifying among league-leaders in batting, but his .362 average would otherwise rank fourth the Atlantic League.

NOT JUST PATCH WORK: Outfielder Justin Pacchioli has reached base in 13 of his last 14 games, including a nine-game hit streak (5/7-5/17). Over his last 14 games, Pacchioli is 16-44 (.363) with nine RBI, 10 runs & eight SB.

SCOTTY DOES KNOW: Infielder Scott Kelly has turned it on as of late, recording a hit in 11 of his last 13 games. Over that stretch, the fourth-year Patriot is 15-48 (.313) with six runs scored, 10 RBI and five SB.

SANDS(TORM): Former MLBer Jerry Sands has reached base in 15-straight games, including a 10-game hit streak (5/9 – 5/17). Over that stretch, Sands is 20-52 (.385) with 6 HR, 18 RBI and 14 runs. Sands currently leads the league in extra-base hits (19) and SLG (.607), tied for first in RBI (29) and tied for second in home runs (8), runs scored (23) and doubles (11).

HIT THE BREAKS: Somerset’s season-long five-game losing streak ended Monday, May 22nd against the Sugar Land Skeeters. The previous longest losing streak was four, set back in late April (4/27 – 4/30).

MyRewards Code: Enter opposite field 17 into the Patriots mobile app to earn exclusive MyRewards points.

YOU DONE RIGHT, A-AHARON: 5th-year outfielder Aharon Eggleston currently ranks 10th in the Atlantic League in batting (.313), and is 10-24 (.417) over his last seven games with a home run, five RBI and a stolen base.

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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