Today’s Game Preview: Saturday, June 3rd

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Somerset Patriots (26-16) vs Sugar Land Skeeters (21-21)

Game #43 * Saturday, June 3rd * 7:05 pm ET * TD Bank Ballpark * Bridgewater, New Jersey

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

Series at a Glance

Friday (7:05 pm) SOM defeats SL 2-1; Kubiak allows 1 ER on 9 K over 8 IP; Gonzalez walk-off RBI single in the 11th
Saturday (7:05 pm) SOM [RHP] Lucas Irvine (1-1, 5.45 ERA) vs SL [RHP] Zech Zinicola (0-2, 5.40 ERA)
Sunday (1:05 pm) SOM [RHP] Jerome Williams (2-1, 5.87 ERA) vs SL [RHP] Jake Hale (3-1, 2.63 ERA)

Click here to view today’s complete game notes: GameNotes63

PLATINUM ANNIVERSARY: 2017 is Somerset’s 20th season as a franchise. Having already won an Atlantic League-record six championships, the Patriots are looking to make it seven league-titles in their 20th season of action.

BACK TO THE BIG LEAGUES: Former Somerset RHP Tyler Cloyd had his contract selected on 6/2 from AAA-Tacoma by the Seattle Mariners. Cloyd is the 18th Patriot to make it to the MLB after playing for Somerset. He last pitched for the Patriots on 5/6 and had his contract purchased on 5/10. It took 27 days for Cloyd to get called up to the big leagues after his last Patriot appearance.

CONGRATS ARE IN ORDER: Seven Patriots have had their contracts purchased by MLB organizations in 2017. LHPs Jeremy Bleich (4/29), Logan Darnell (5/9) and Aaron Laffey (5/15) along with RHPs Tyler Cloyd (5/10), Ryan Kelly (5/17), Vin Mazzaro (5/18) and outfielder Jerry Sands (6/3) had their contracts purchased earlier this season. The Atlantic League has had a total of 15 players’ contract purchased by MLB organizations this year; seven from Somerset.

SANDS(TORM): Outfielder Jerry Sands had his contract purchased by the San Francisco Giants in early June. In his last days as a Patriot, he had reached base in 23-straight games, including a 10-game hit streak & consecutive multi-home run games (5/30 – 5/31). In that stretch, Sands was 33-84 (.393) w/ 11 HR, 34 RBI and 23 runs. Sands led the league in HR (13), RBI (45), R (32), XBH (27), 2B (14), TB (99), SLG (.688) & OPS (1.075) at this time his contract was purchased.

RICK TEASLERGAARD: Since joining the Somerset rotation, Rick Teasley has worked into the eighth inning twice, including a 7.1 inning, shutout performance against the Bridgeport Bluefish on 5/27. The first-year Patriot now holds the second best ERA (2.43) in the Atlantic League among qualified pitchers.

YO-YO HOT: Yovan Gonzalez has reached base safely in 23 of the 26 games in which he has played this year, including hits in nine of his last ten. Over those nine games, Gonzalez is 15-38 (.395) with a home run, four runs and seven RBI. He is eight plate appearances (96, needs 114) short of qualifying among the league leaders in batting, but is .366 average would otherwise rank first.

SCOTTY DOES KNOW: Infielder Scott Kelly has turned it on as of late, recording a hit in 19 of his last 23 games. Over that stretch, the fourth-year Patriot is 26-82 (.317) with 15 runs scored, 13 RBI and nine SB.

YOU DONE RIGHT, A-AHARON: 5th-year outfielder Aharon Eggleston currently ranks ninth in the Atlantic League in batting (.312), and is 18-52 (.346) over his last 16 games with a home run, 10 runs, 10 RBI and three stolen bases. His .417 on-base percentage ranks fourth in the Atlantic League.

TOP 20: All season long, the Somerset Patriots will be unveiling their Top 20 players in franchise history. LHP Justin Jensen was just named the 14th greatest Patriot of all time. Follow along all season to find out who will join him!

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