Today’s Game Preview: Monday, July 3rd

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Somerset Patriots (0-0, 42-28) @ New Britain Bees (0-0, 26-44)

Game #71 Monday, July 3rd * 6:35 pm ET * New Britain Stadium * New Britain, Connecticut

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

Series at a Glance

Monday (6:35 pm) SOM [LHP] Rick Teasley (7-1, 2.55 ERA) vs. NB [RHP] Kyle Simon (4-5, 4.63 ERA)
Tuesday (2:05 pm) SOM [RHP] Lucas Irvine (4-2, 4.90 ERA) vs. NB [RHP] Mike Lee (2-5, 4.44 ERA))
Wednesday (6:35 pm) SOM [RHP] Will Oliver (3-1, 5.40 ERA) vs. NB [LHP] Nick Greenwood (0-1, 4.25 ERA)

Click here to view today’s complete game notes: GameNotes73

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 is tied for the Atlantic League lead in wins (7) & currently ranks second in ERA (2.55). The lefty 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).

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K IS FOR KUBIAK: RHP David Kubiak is tied for 2nd in the ALPB in strikeouts (75). He has made 10-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 10 games. Additionally, his 3.39 ERA ranks 11th in the league.

KEEP ROLLIN’ ROLLIN’: Kyle Roller has reached base in 17 of his last 19 games (hits in 15-of-19). Over that stretch, Roller is 27-for-70 (.386) with eight home runs, 23 RBI, 22 runs scored & 14 walks. He also recently became the 2nd Patriot ever to record a cycle and the 5th to record eight RBI in a game (6/28).

SUMMER OF YOVAN: Yovan Gonzalez has reached base safely in 40 of the 46 games in which he has played this year, including hits in 23 of his last 29. Over those 29 games, Gonzalez is 35-111 (.315) with two home runs, 10 runs and 12 RB. He is two plate appearances (187, needs 189) short of qualifying among the league leaders in batting, but his .325 average would otherwise rank sixth.

PATCH ‘EM UP: Justin Pacchioli is riding a 12-game on-base streak and has scored a run in each of his last seven starts. He is eight PA (181, needs 189) shy of qualifying, but both his .345 AVG & .453 OBP would otherwise lead the league.

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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