Today’s Game Preview: Sunday, June 26th

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Somerset Patriots (39-24) vs. Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (36-26)

Game #64 * Monday, June 26th * 7:05 pm ET * TD Bank Ballpark * Bridgewater, New Jersey

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Series at a Glance

Monday (7:05 pm) SOM [LHP] Logan Darnell (3-2, 4.31 ERA) vs SMD [RHP] Daryl Thompson (5-4, 3.92 ERA)
Tuesday (7:05 pm) SOM [RHP] David Kubiak (3-5, 3.31 ERA) vs SMD [RHP] Drew Hayes (2-2, 4.53 ERA)
Wednesday (7:05 pm) SOM [LHP] Rick Teasley (6-1, 2.40 ERA) vs SMD [RHP] Brian Grening (6-1, 2.44 ERA)
Thursday (7:05 pm) SOM [RHP] Lucas Irvine (4-1, 4.47 ERA) vs SMD [RHP] Gaby Hernandez (4-1, 2.89 ERA)

Click here to read today’s complete game notes: GameNotes626

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.

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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).

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 ten plate appearances (161, needs 171) short of qualifying among the league leaders in batting, but his .326 average would otherwise rank 4th.

K IS FOR KUBIAK: RHP David Kubiak currently is 2nd in 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 Monday’s slate of games, the Somerset Patriots’ magic number to clinch the first half Liberty Division title is three. 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.

KEEP ROLLIN’ ROLLIN’: Kyle Roller has hit safely in 18 of the 23 games in which he has played since rejoining the Patriots on 5/26. That includes reaching base in 12 of his last 13 games (and hits in 11-of-13). Over that stretch, Roller is 16-for-48 (.333) with five home runs, 10 RBI, 15 runs scored and 10 walks.

GOING STREAKIN’: Tyler Bortnick has reached base safely in 26 of his last 28 games, including a 19-game streak ended on 6/15. Over this stretch, Bortnick is 33-for-98 (.337) with a home run, 13 runs and 20 RBI, raising his average from .268 to .308. His current .308 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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