Today’s Game Preview: Thursday, June 29th

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Somerset Patriots (41-25) vs. Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (37-28)

Game #67 Thursday, June 29th * 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) SMD def. SOM 6-3; Wilson, Snyder, Cone all hit HR for SMD; Hayes throws 7 innings, get W
Wednesday (7:05 pm) SOM def. SMD 12-3; Roller hits for cycle; Patriots clinch First Half Liberty Division Championship
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: GameNotes629

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.

MERRY CLINCH-MAS: Following the Somerset’s victory and Bridgeport’s loss on Wednesday night, the Patriots officially clinched the 2017 Liberty Division First Half Championship. The Patriots have now won an Atlantic League-record 18 half championships, including eight first half championships: most recently in ‘15 with a record-setting 50 wins.

RICK TEASLERGAARD: LHP Rick Teasley currently ranks third among qualified Atlantic League pitchers in ERA (2.55). 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 5-1 record with a 2.91 ERA over 51.2 innings as a starter (nine games).

K IS FOR KUBIAK: RHP David Kubiak currently ranks 1st in the ALPB in strikeouts (71). He has made nine-straight starts after beginning the year as a reliever, striking out nine batters in a game three times, including at least five Ks in eight of the nine games. Additionally, his 3.38 ERA ranks 10th in the league.

KEEP ROLLIN’ ROLLIN’: Kyle Roller has hit safely in 20 of the 26 games in which he has played since rejoining the Patriots on 5/26. That includes reaching base in 15 of his last 16 games (and hits in 13-of-16). Over that stretch, Roller is 24-for-59 (.407) with seven home runs, 20 RBI, 19 runs scored and 12 walks.

HISTORY ROLLS ON: On Wednesday, 6/28, Kyle Roller enjoyed a historic night. Roller went 5-for-5 and became the second Somerset Patriot ever to hit for the cycle, hitting two home runs in the process. Additionally, he finished with eight RBI, tying a franchise record for the most RBI in a single game.

GOING STREAKIN’: Tyler Bortnick has reached base safely in 28 of his last 31 games, including a 19-game streak ended on 6/15. Over this stretch, Bortnick is 34-for-109 (.312) with a home run, 14 runs and 20 RBI, raising his average from .268 to .294.

TOP 20: All season long, the Somerset Patriots will be unveiling their Top 20 players in franchise history. C Travis Anderson was just named the 10th greatest Patriot of all time. Follow along all season to find out who will join him!

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