Today’s Game Preview: Thursday, June 15th

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Somerset Patriots (32-20) @ Long Island Ducks (26-26)

Game #53 * Thursday, June 15th * 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 def. LI 7-6; Yovan Gonzalez pinch-hit walk-off RBI single in bottom of 10th inning
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 for today’s complete game notes: GameNotes615

PROMOTION-A-PALOOZA: 2017 has featured three different Somerset Patriots earning a promotion to Major League clubs, tying a franchise record set in 2008: OF Chris Marrero (SFG), RHP Tyler Cloyd (SEA) and LHP Nik Turley (MIN). Marrero played in 37 games here in 2015, Turley appeared in 10 games (8 GS) in 2016 and Cloyd made three starts with the Patriots in 2017, earning his call-up just 27 days after his last appearance in Somerset. There have been 19 Patriots to reach the majors after playing in Somerset: most in the Atlantic League.

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.

RICK TEASLERGAARD: LHP Rick Teasley currently ranks second among qualified Atlantic League pitchers in ERA (2.27). The southpaw went 2-0 with a 0.75 ERA over 12 innings as a reliever to start the year (four games), compared to a 3-1 record with a 2.72 ERA over 39.2 innings as a starter (six games).

YO-YO HOT: Yovan Gonzalez has reached base safely in 30 of the 33 games in which he has played this year, including hits in 15 of his last 17. Over those 17 games, Gonzalez is 21-61 (.344) with a home run, seven runs and eight RBI. He is nine plate appearances (132, needs 141) short of qualifying among the league leaders in batting, but his .345 average would otherwise rank first. Gonzalez also has been responsible for four of the six walk-off wins for Somerset this year.

SCOTTY DOES KNOW: Infielder Scott Kelly has recorded a hit in 27 of his last 32 games, including a recently ended nine-game hit streak. Over that stretch, Kelly is 36-for-116 (.310) with 18 RBI, 19 runs scored, 15 SB and 14 walks.

JUST-IN TIME: OF Justin Pacchioli has reached base in 26 of his last 31 games – including a recent eight-game hit streak – over which he is 35-for-99 (.354) w/ 14 RBI, 24 R & 16 SB. Pacchioli is just seven PA (134, needs 141) shy of qualifying among league leaders, but his .327 average would otherwise rank 4th.

GO GO GOLSON: OF Greg Golson has recorded a hit in seven-straight games and has hit safely in nine of his last 10. Over that 10-game stretch, Golson is 14-for-41 (.341) with two homers, 12 RBI, four 2Bs, two 3Bs, seven runs and a SB.

GOING STREAKIN’: Tyler Bortnick has reached base safely in 19-straight games, three shy of Jerry Sands’ season-high 23-game streak earlier this year. He has also hit safely in five-straight games, including multiple hits in each of his last four. Bortnick is 22-for-62 (.355) with 11 RBI over the streak, raising his average from .268 to .308. He now ranks eighth in the Atlantic League in batting.

TOP 20: All season long, the Somerset Patriots will be unveiling their Top 20 players in franchise history. INF/OF Matt Hagan was just named the 12th greatest Patriot of all time. Follow along all season to find out who will join him!

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