Today’s Game Preview: Wednesday, June 7th

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Somerset Patriots (27-18) vs Bridgeport Bluefish (26-20)

Game #46 * Wednesday, June 7th * 11:05 am 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

Tuesday (7:05 pm) BPT defeats SOM 5-3; Greg Golson eighth-inning game-tying home run; BPT two-run 10th inning
Wednesday (11:05 am) SOM [LHP] Rick Teasley (3-1, 2.43 ERA) vs BPT [RHP] Tyler Badamo (1-2, 2.36 ERA)
Thursday (7:05 pm) SOM [RHP] David Kubiak (2-4, 3.51 ERA) vs BPT [RHP] Cory Riordan (3-2, 3.65 ERA)

Click here to view today’s complete game notes: GameNotes67

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.

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YO-YO HOT: Yovan Gonzalez has reached base safely in 25 of the 28 games in which he has played this year, including hits in 11 of his last 12. Over those 12 games, Gonzalez is 17-45 (.378) with a home run, four runs and seven RBI. He is 8 plate appearances (114, needs 122) short of qualifying among the league leaders in batting, but his .360 average would otherwise rank first.

SCOTTY DOES KNOW: Infielder Scott Kelly has turned it on as of late, recording a hit in 22 of his last 26 games. Over that stretch, the fourth-year Patriot is 30-89 (.337) with 17 runs scored, 13 RBI, 12 SB and 12 walks.

HOME COOKIN’: The Somerset Patriots own a 15-7 record at home in 2017, including five walk-off wins (three from Yovan Gonzalez). They only have one loss at home this year when scoring first and are outscoring their opponents 127-63 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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