Today’s Game Preview: Sunday, July 9th

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Somerset Patriots (1-4, 43-32) vs. Sugar Land Skeeters (3-2, 33-42)

Game #76 * Sunday, July 9th * 5:05 pm ET * TD Bank Ballpark * Bridgewater, New Jersey

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

Series at a Glance

Friday (7:05 pm) SL defeats SOM 12-0; Sugar Land 10-run fourth inning leads way
Saturday (7:05 pm) SOM defeats SL 10-4; Somerset rallies late, can’t overcome Nix’s 6.0 scoreless IP
Sunday (5:05 pm) SOM [RHP] Lucas Irvine (4-2, 4.61 ERA) vs. SL [RHP] Jake Hale (5-2, 2.77 ERA)

Click here to view today’s complete game notes: GameNotes79

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: 12 Patriots have had their contracts purchased in 2017: nine by MLB organizations. LHPs Jeremy Bleich, Logan Darnell (twice) & Aaron Laffey along w/ RHPs Tyler Cloyd, Ryan Kelly, Vin Mazzaro, Mitch Atkins & outfielder Jerry Sands had their contracts’ purchased earlier this season. INF Olmo Rosario (twice, 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 clinched a playoff berth and 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 6th 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).

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K IS FOR KUBIAK: RHP David Kubiak ranks fourth in the ALPB in strikeouts (78). He has made 11-straight starts after beginning the year as a reliever and carries a 3.99 ERA.

KEEP ROLLIN’ ROLLIN’: Kyle Roller has reached base in 22 of his last 24 games (hits in 20-of-24). Over that stretch, Roller is 35-for-87 (.402) with nine home runs, 29 RBI, 24 runs scored & 18 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 42 of the 48 games in which he has played this year, including hits in 25 of his last 31. Over those 31 games, Gonzalez is 38-119 (.319) with two home runs, 11 runs and 13 RBI. He is eight plate appearances (195, needs 203) short of qualifying among the league leaders in batting, but his .328 average would otherwise rank fourth.

PATCH ‘EM UP: Justin Pacchioli has reached base in 15 of his last 17 and has scored a run in eight of his last 12 starts. He is two PA (201, needs 203) shy of qualifying, but otherwise his AVG would rank 7th (.315) and his OBP 1st (.422).

TOP 20: All season long, the Somerset Patriots will be unveiling their Top 20 players in franchise history. LHP Darrin Winston was just named the 9th greatest Patriot of all time. Follow along all season to find out who will join him!

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