Today’s Game Preview: Wednesday, June 14th

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Somerset Patriots (31-20) @ Long Island Ducks (26-25)

Game #52 * Wednesday, June 14th * 7:05 pm ET * TD Bank Ballpark * Bridgewater, NJ

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

Series at a Glance

Tuesday (7:05 pm) SOM def. LI 7-2; Teasley picks up 5th win (7.0 IP, 2 ER, 2 K); Bortnick drives in 3
Wednesday (7:05 pm) SOM [RHP] David Kubiak (2-5, 3.69 ERA) vs LI [RHP] John Brownell (4-1, 2.81 ERA)
Thursday (7:05 pm) SOM [RHP] Lucas Irvine (3-1, 4.88 ERA) vs LI [RHP] Matt Larkins (1-5, 5.23 ERA)

Click here to view tonight’s complete game notes: GameNotes614

PROMOTION-A-PALOOZA: 2016 LHP Nik Turley was promoted to the Minnesota Twins on 6/10, marking the 19th Patriot to make it to MLB after playing for Somerset. He also marks the third such player to earn his promotion this year (Chris Marrero, SFG and Tyler Cloyd, SEA), tying a team-record set back in 2008.

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 was the 18th Patriot to make it to the majors 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: Nine Patriots have had their contracts purchased in 2017; seven by MLB organizations. LHPs Jeremy Bleich, Logan Darnell & Aaron Laffey along with RHPs Tyler Cloyd, Ryan Kelly, Vin Mazzaro and outfielder Jerry Sands had their contracts purchased earlier this season. INF Olmo Rosario (Bravos de Leon, Mexican League) and RHP Scott McGregor (Taiwan Professional Baseball) also had their contracts purchased earlier this season.

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. His numbers continue to lead the league in HR, XBH, SLG and OPS.

RICK TEASLERGAARD: Since joining the Somerset rotation, Rick Teasley has thrown at least seven innings four times, including a 7.2 inning, one earned-run performance against the Bridgeport Bluefish on 6/7. The first-year Patriot now holds the second-best ERA (2.27) in the Atlantic League among qualified pitchers.

YO-YO HOT: Yovan Gonzalez has reached base safely in 29 of the 32 games in which he has played this year, including hits in 14 of his last 16. Over those 16 games, Gonzalez is 20-60 (.333) with a home run, seven runs and seven RBI. He is seven plate appearances (131, needs 138) short of qualifying among the league leaders in batting, but his .339 average would otherwise rank third.

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SCOTTY DOES KNOW: Infielder Scott Kelly has recorded a hit in nine-straight and 27 of his last 31 games. Over that stretch, the fourth-year Patriot is 36-112 (.321) with 19 runs scored, 18 RBI, 15 SB and 13 walks.

JUST-IN TIME: OF Justin Pacchioli has reached base in 25 of his last 30 games – including a recent eight-game hit streak – over which he is batting 34-94 (.362) w/ 14 RBI, 23 R & 16 SB. Pacchioli is just 10 PA (128, needs 138) shy of qualifying among league leaders, but his .333 average would otherwise rank 4th.

TOP 20: All season long, the Somerset Patriots will be unveiling their Top 20 players in franchise history. Utilityman Elliot Ayala was just named the 13th greatest Patriot of all time. Follow along all season to find out who will join him!

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