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Somerset Patriots (37-23) vs. New Britain Bees (24-36)

Game #61 * Friday, June 23rd * 7:05 pm ET * TD Bank Ballpark * Bridgewater, New Jersey

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Series at a Glance

Friday (7:05 pm) SOM [LHP] Rick Teasley (6-1, 1.99 ERA) vs NB [RHP] Mike Lee (1-5, 5.14 ERA)
Saturday (7:05 pm) SOM [RHP] Lucas Irvine (3-1, 4.55 ERA) vs NB [LHP] Nick Greenwood (1st Start)
Sunday (1:05 pm) SOM [RHP] Will Oliver (2-0, 3.73 ERA) vs NB [RHP] Brian Dupra (3-4, 3.92 ERA)

Click here to view today’s complete game notes: GameNotes623

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.

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CONGRATS ARE IN ORDER: 10 Patriots have had their contracts purchased in 2017; eight by MLB organizations. LHPs Jeremy Bleich, Logan Darnell & Aaron Laffey along with RHPs Tyler Cloyd, Ryan Kelly, Vin Mazzaro, Mitch Atkins 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 first among qualified Atlantic League pitchers in ERA (1.99). 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 4-1 record with a 2.31 ERA over 46.2 innings as a starter (seven games).

YO-YO HOT: Yovan Gonzalez has reached base safely in 34 of the 39 games in which he has played this year, including hits in 18 of his last 23. Over those 23 games, Gonzalez is 24-82 (.293) with a home run, seven runs and eight RBI. He is five plate appearances (157, needs 162) short of qualifying among the league leaders in batting, but his .314 average would otherwise rank 7th. Gonzalez also has been responsible for four of the eight walk-off wins for Somerset this year.

K IS FOR KUBIAK: RHP David Kubiak currently leads the ALPB in strikeouts (65). He has made eight-straight starts after beginning the year as a reliever, striking out nine batters in a game three times, including at least five strikeouts in seven of the eight games. Additionally, his 3.32 ERA ranks 10th in the league.

JUST-IN TIME: OF Justin Pacchioli has reached base in 32 of his last 37 games – including a recent eight-game hit streak – over which he is 43-for-119 (.361) w/ 17 RBI, 28 R & 19 SB. Pacchioli is just three PA (159, needs 162) shy of qualifying among league leaders, but his .338 average would otherwise rank third.

WALK IT OFF: Somerset has eight walk-off wins over its first 29 home games this season. Yovan Gonzalez has four of the eight, while Carlos Guzman (4/26), Tyler Bortnick (4/26), Scott Kelly (6/16) and Greg Golson (6/17) own the others.

GOING STREAKIN’: Tyler Bortnick has reached base safely in 23 of his last 25 games, including a 19-game streak ended on 6/15. Over this stretch, Bortnick is 28-for-83 (.337) with 12 runs scored and 13 RBI, raising his average from .268 to .305. His current .305 batting average ranks tenth in the Atlantic League.

TOP 20: All season long, the Somerset Patriots will be unveiling their Top 20 players in franchise history. OF Aharon Eggleston was just named the 11th greatest Patriot of all time. Follow along all season to find out who will join him!

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