Today’s Game Preview: Monday, May 29th

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Bridgeport Bluefish (20-17) @ Somerset Patriots (24-13)

Game #38 * Monday, May 29th * 1:05 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 defeats BPT 7-2; Atkins 8 K over 6.1 IP; Guzman and Gonzalez with two-RBI performances
Saturday (7:05) SOM defeats BPT 5-1; Teasley 7.1 scoreless IP; Rosario 3-4, 3 RBI
Sunday (1:05) BPT defeats SOM 4-3; Jerry Sands three-run homer in 7th; Comeback falls short w/ tying run on in 8th & 9
Monday (1:05) SOM [RHP] Lucas Irvine (0-1, 6.65 ERA) vs BPT [RHP] Jonathan Albaladejo (3-2, 4.30 ERA)

Click here to view today’s complete game notes: GameNotes529

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.

RICK TEASLERGAARD: After Rick Teasley’s shutout performance against the Bridgeport Bluefish Saturday night, the first-year Patriot now leads the Atlantic League in ERA (1.45 ERA) among qualified pitchers. The southpaw allowed one run over four relief appearances (12 IP) to begin the season, and now four earned runs over his last three appearances as a starter (19.0 IP).

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CLASSIC GUZY: Second-year Patriot Carlos Guzman has hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games, including the last four-straight. Over that stretch, Guzman is 18-46 (.391), eight runs, eight RBI, and three SB, raising his average from .208 to .261.

SCOTTY DOES KNOW: Infielder Scott Kelly has turned it on as of late, recording a hit in 15 of his last 18 games. Over that stretch, the fourth-year Patriot is 20-63 (.317) with 11 runs scored, 10 RBI and five SB.

SANDS(TORM): Former MLBer Jerry Sands has reached base in 19-straight games, including a 10-game hit streak (5/9 – 5/17). Over that stretch, Sands is 24-66 (.364) with 7 HR, 25 RBI and 17 runs. Sands currently leads the league in RBI (36), XBH (22) & SLG (.611), and is tied for 1st in HR (9) and 2B (13).

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.

YOU DONE RIGHT, A-AHARON: 5th-year outfielder Aharon Eggleston currently ranks eighth in the Atlantic League in batting (.313), and is 15-40 (.375) over his last 12 games with a home run, eight 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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