Today’s Game Preview: Tuesday, June 27th

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Somerset Patriots (40-24) vs. Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (36-27)

Game #65 * Tuesday, June 27th * 7:05 pm ET * TD Bank Ballpark * Bridgewater, New Jersey

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

Series at a Glance

Monday (7:05 pm) SOM def. SMD 10-6; 6-run 8th inning gives Patriots the lead for good; Rodriguez goes 3-3, 4 R
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: GameNotes627

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 36 of the 41 games in which he has played this year, including hits in 20 of his last 25. Over those 25 games, Gonzalez is 29-90 (.322) with a home run, nine runs and nine RBI. He is eight plate appearances (165, needs 173) short of qualifying among the league leaders in batting, but his .331 average would otherwise rank 3rd.

K IS FOR KUBIAK: RHP David Kubiak currently is 3rd 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 Tuesday’s slate of games, the Somerset Patriots’ magic number to clinch the first half Liberty Division title is two. 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 19 of the 24 games in which he has played since rejoining the Patriots on 5/26. That includes reaching base in 13 of his last 14 games (and hits in 12-of-14). Over that stretch, Roller is 19-for-53 (.358) with five home runs, 12 RBI, 16 runs scored and 10 walks.

GOING STREAKIN’: Tyler Bortnick has reached base safely in 27 of his last 29 games, including a 19-game streak ended on 6/15. Over this stretch, Bortnick is 33-for-102 (.324) with a home run, 14 runs and 20 RBI, raising his average from .268 to .301. His current .301 batting average ranks 12th 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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