Today’s Game Preview: Friday, May 26th

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Bridgeport Bluefish (19-15) @ Somerset Patriots (21-13)

Game #35 * Friday, 5/26 * 7:05 ET * TD Bank Ballpark * Bridgewater, New Jersey

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

Series at a Glance

Friday (7:05) SOM [RHP] Mitch Atkins (2-3, 4.13 ERA) vs BPT [RHP] Tyler Badamo (1-1, 1.33 ERA)
Saturday (7:05) SOM [LHP] Rick Teasley (2-0, 1.90 ERA) vs BPT [RHP] Rainy Lara (3-0, 2.25 ERA)
Sunday (1:05) SOM [RHP] David Kubiak (2-3, 3.53 ERA) vs BPT [RHP] Cory Riordan (1-2, 3.95 ERA)
Monday (1:05) SOM [TBA] VS BPT [RHP] Jonathan Albaladejo (3-2, 4.30 ERA)

Click here to view today’s complete game notes: GameNotes526

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, RHPs Tyler Cloyd (5/10) & Ryan Kelly (5/17) had their contracts purchased by the Seattle Mariners, LHP Aaron Laffey (5/15) went to the Arizona Diamondbacks and RHP Vin Mazzaro (5/18) is heading to the Cincinnati Reds. All six reported directly to their respective Triple-A affiliates. There have been 12 total players in the league this year who’s contracts have been purchased this year by Major League organizations; six of whom from Somerset.

YO GONZA GONZA: Second-year Patriot Yovan Gonzalez has reached base safely in 19 of the 21 games he has played this season, including a seven-game hit streak (4/28 – 5/6). Gonzalez is currently eight plate appearances (has 84, needs 92) shy of qualifying among league-leaders in batting, but his .361 average would otherwise rank fourth the Atlantic League.

NOT JUST PATCH WORK: Outfielder Justin Pacchioli has reached base in 14 of his last 16 games, including a nine-game hit streak (5/7-5/17). Over his last 16 games, Pacchioli is 19-51 (.373) with nine RBI, 11 runs & eight SB.

SCOTTY DOES KNOW: Infielder Scott Kelly has turned it on as of late, recording a hit in 12 of his last 15 games. Over that stretch, the fourth-year Patriot is 16-51 (.314) with eight runs scored, 10 RBI and five SB.

SANDS(TORM): Former MLBer Jerry Sands has reached base in 17-straight games, including a 10-game hit streak (5/9 – 5/17). Over that stretch, Sands is 23-60 (.383) with 6 HR, 22 RBI and 15 runs. Sands currently leads the league in RBI (33), XBH (21) & SLG (.607), tied for 1st in 2B (13) and tied for 2nd in HR (8).

WELCOME ABOARD: The Patriots have recently signed infielder Kyle Roller & outfielder Greg Golson. Roller enters his 2nd year in Somerset (.284/10/40 in 52 games), while the former MLBer Golson enters his 1st year w/ Patriots.

MyRewards Code: Enter fish out of water 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 (.311), and is 12-31 (.387) over his last nine 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. INF Jake Fox was just named the 15th greatest Patriot of all time. Follow along all season to find out who will join him!

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