Today’s Game Preview: Tuesday, July 4th

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Somerset Patriots (0-1, 42-29) @ New Britain Bees (1-0, 27-44)

Game #72 Tuesday, July 4th * 2:05 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) NB def. Som 6-2; Kyle Roller 2-4, 2 RBI; Kyle Simon 7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
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: GameNotes74

PROMOTION-A-PALOOZA: 2017 has featured three different Patriots earning a promotion to MLB clubs, tying a franchise record (‘08): OF Chris Marrero (SFG), RHP Tyler Cloyd (SEA) & LHP Nik Turley (MIN). Marrero played in 37 games here in 2015, Turley appeared in 10 games (8 GS) in 2016 & Cloyd made three starts in 2017, earning his call-up just 27 days after his last Somerset appearance. There’ve been a record 19 Patriots to reach the majors after playing in Somerset.

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: Having won the first half Liberty Division Championship, the Somerset Patriots have now won an Atlantic League-record 18 half championships, including eight first-half championships.

ALL THE STARS: A league-high eight SOM players were selected to the All-Star Game: RHP David Kubiak, LHPs Rick Teasley & Duane Below, C Yovan Gonzalez, INFs Carlos Guzman & Tyler Bortnick, & OFs Aharon Eggleston & Justin Pacchioli.

RICK TEASLERGAARD: LHP Rick Teasley is tied for the Atlantic League lead in wins (7) & currently ranks eighth in ERA (2.86). 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 5-2 record with a 3.65 ERA over 56.2 innings as a starter (10 games).

K IS FOR KUBIAK: RHP David Kubiak is tied for third in the ALPB in strikeouts (75). He has made 10-straight starts after beginning the year as a reliever and carries a 3.39 ERA ranks: 11th best in the Atlantic League.

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KEEP ROLLIN’ ROLLIN’: Kyle Roller has reached base in 18 of his last 20 games (hits in 16-of-20). Over that stretch, Roller is 29-for-74 (.392) with eight home runs, 26 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 five plate appearances (187, needs 192) 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 13-game on-base streak and has scored a run in seven of his last eight starts. He is seven PA (185, needs 192) shy of qualifying, but otherwise his AVG would rank 3rd (.338) and his OBP 1st (.448).

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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