Today’s Game Preview: Tuesday, July 18th

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Somerset Patriots (5-5, 47-33) @ Bridgeport Bluefish (6-5, 47-34)

Game #81 * Tuesday, July 18th * 11:12 am ET * Ballpark at Harbor Yard * Bridgeport, Connecticut

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

Series at a Glance

Monday (7:12 pm) SOM def BPT 8-0: Kubiak allows three this over seven scoreless; four Bridgeport errors
Tuesday (11:12 am) SOM [RHP] Connor Root (0-0, 2.70 ERA) @ BPT [RHP] Mike Aquilino (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
Wednesday (7:12 pm) SOM [LHP] Efrain Nieves (1-1, 5.25 ERA) @ BPT [RHP] Jonathan Albaladejo (6-6, 4.82 ERA)

Click here to view today’s game notes: GameNotes718

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: 14 Patriots have had their contracts purchased in 2017; 10 by MLB organizations. LHPs Jeremy Bleich, Logan Darnell (twice) & Aaron Laffey along w/ RHPs Tyler Cloyd, Ryan Kelly, Vin Mazzaro, Mitch Atkins, OF Jerry Sands & INF Tyler Bortnick had their contracts’ purchased this season. LHP Rick Teasley (Taiwan), INF Olmo Rosario (twice, Mexico) and RHP Scott McGregor (Taiwan) 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.

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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.

ALFREDO EN FUEGO: INF Alfredo Rodriguez is currently on a 17-game on-base streak, including a 4-for-4 game on 7/9. He has a hit in 16 of the 17 games and is 26-for-65 (.400) from the plate, raising his average from .168 to .243.

KEEP ROLLIN’ ROLLIN’: Kyle Roller has reached base in 26 of his last 29 games (hits in 23-of-29). Over that stretch, Roller is 40-for-106 (.377) with 10 home runs, 30 RBI, 27 runs scored & 20 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).

MORE THAN LUKE-WARM: RHP Lucas Irvine has strung together three-straight quality starts, including six scoreless innings with one hit on 7/16. Over this stretch, Irvine has allowed just two runs over 19.2 IP (0.92 ERA), lowering his season-ERA from 4.91 to 3.95. He has won three of his last five starts, including a nine-strikeout performance (6/24) and ranks second on the team in wins (6).

PATCH ‘EM UP: Justin Pacchioli has reached base in 17 of his last 21. The first-year Patriot became a qualified batter on July 15th, and now ranks first in the Atlantic League in OBP (.411) and ninth in AVG (.299).

PATIENCE A VIRTUE: As a team, the Patriots lead the Atlantic League in walks (331). The next closest team is Lancaster, with 60 fewer walks (274). Additionally, Somerset has collectively struck out 503 times: second fewest in the league (Bridgeport, 468).

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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