Game #55 * Saturday, June 17th * 7:05 pm ET * TD Bank Ballpark * Bridgewater, New Jersey
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Series at a Glance
Friday (7:05 pm) SOM def. YRK 3-2 (11 inn.); Scott Kelly walk-off RBI single in the 11th
Saturday (7:05 pm) SOM [RHP] Mitch Atkins (4-3, 4.19 ERA) vs. YRK [RHP] Steve Janas (1-3, 5.19 ERA)
Sunday (1:05 pm) SOM [LHP] Rick Teasley (5-1, 2.26 ERA) vs. YRK [LHP] Frank Gailey (5-4, 4.89 ERA)
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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 31 of the 35 games in which he has played this year, including hits in 16 of his last 19. Over those 19 games, Gonzalez is 22-68 (.324) with a home run, seven runs and eight RBI. He is six plate appearances (140, needs 146) short of qualifying among the league leaders in batting, but his .333 average would otherwise rank third. Gonzalez also has been responsible for four of the seven walk-off wins for Somerset this year.
SCOTTY DOES KNOW: Infielder Scott Kelly has recorded a hit in 28 of his last 34 games, including a recently ended nine-game hit streak. Over that stretch, Kelly is 37-for-123 (.300) with 19 RBI, 20 runs scored, 16 SB and 15 walks, including an 11th-inning walk-off single on 6/16 against the York Revolution.
JUST-IN TIME: OF Justin Pacchioli has reached base in 27 of his last 32 games – including a recent eight-game hit streak – over which he is 36-for-103 (.350) w/ 14 RBI, 24 R & 16 SB. Pacchioli is just seven PA (139, needs 146) shy of qualifying among league leaders, but his .325 average would otherwise rank third.
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WALK IT OFF: Somerset has seven walk-off wins over its first 28 home games this season. Yovan Gonzalez was responsible for four of the seven wins, while Carlos Guzman (4/26), Tyler Bortnick (4/26) & Scott Kelly (6/16) own the others.
GOING STREAKIN’: Tyler Bortnick had reached base safely in 20 of his last 21 games, including a 19-game streak ended on 6/15. Over this stretch, Bortnick is 23-for-69 (.333) with 10 runs scored and 11 RBI, raising his average from .268 to .299. His current .299 batting average ranks eighth in the Atlantic League.
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!