Today’s Game Preview: Sunday, June 25th

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Somerset Patriots (38-24) vs. New Britain Bees (25-37)

Game #63 * Sunday, June 25th * 1:05 pm ET * TD Bank Ballpark * Bridgewater, New Jersey

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

Series at a Glance

Friday (7:05 pm) NB def. SOM 5-4 (12 inn.); Bortnick two-run double in 9th to tie before Maddux 12th-inning HR to win it
Saturday (7:05 pm) SOM def. 12-3; Season-high 7-run 5th inning, led by Bortnick grand slam, gives SOM the victory
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: GameNotes625

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: 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 (2.40). 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 2.79 ERA over 51.2 innings as a starter (eight games).

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YO-YO HOT: Yovan Gonzalez has reached base safely in 35 of the 40 games in which he has played this year, including hits in 19 of his last 24. Over those 24 games, Gonzalez is 27-86 (.314) with a home run, eight runs and nine RBI. He is seven plate appearances (161, needs 168) short of qualifying among the league leaders in batting, but his .326 average would otherwise rank 4th. 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.

OH OH OH IT’S MAGIC: Entering Sunday’s slate of games, the Somerset Patriots’ magic number to clinch the first half Liberty Division title is four. The Patriots have won an Atlantic League-record 17 half championships, including seven first half championships: most recently in ‘15 with a record-setting 50 wins.

WALK IT OFF: Somerset has eight walk-off wins over its first 32 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 25 of his last 27 games, including a 19-game streak ended on 6/15. Over this stretch, Bortnick is 32-for-93 (.344) with a home run, 13 runs and 19 RBI, raising his average from .268 to .311. His current .311 batting average ranks ninth 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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