Somerset Patriots Game Preview: June 4, 2017

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Today’s Game:

Somerset Patriots (27-16) vs Sugar Land Skeeters (21-22)
Game #44 * Sunday, June 4th * 1:05 pm 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 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 defeats SL 9-2; Greg Golson 2-3, HR, 2 R, 4 RBI; Donachie first home run of the season
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: GAME NOTES 6.4.17

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 11 plate appearances (106, needs 117) 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 20 of his last 24 games. Over that stretch, the fourth-year Patriot is 28-84 (.333) with 15 runs scored, 13 RBI and 10 SB.
HOME COOKIN’: The Somerset Patriots own a 15-5 record at home in 2017, including five walk-off wins (three from Yovan Gonzalez). They have not lost at home yet this year when scoring first and are outscoring their opponents 122-52 at TD Bank Ballpark.
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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