Today’s Game Preview: Wednesday, August 2nd

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Somerset Patriots (12-12, 54-40) vs. Sugar Land Skeeters (11-13, 42-52)

Game #95 * Wednesday, August 2nd * 8:05 pm ET * Constellation Field * Sugar Land, Texas

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

Series at a Glance

Friday (8:05 pm) SL def. SOM 7-1; Talbot tosses six scoreless on three hits; three different Skeeters with home runs
Saturday (7:05 pm) SL def. SOM 4-3; SOM trailed 4-0 early, stormed back within to a run but stranded tying run in 8th
Sunday (7:05 pm) SL def. SOM 4-3; Nieves tossed season-high 7.1 IP; Three SL runs over final two innings for walk-off
Monday (8:05 pm) SL def. SOM 8-5, Patriots tie game in the 7th, load bases in 9th but can’t take the lead
Tuesday (8:05 pm) SOM def. SL 6-4; 5-run 7th leads the way for first win of the series; Antonini throws 4.0 scoreless
Wednesday (8:05 pm) SOM [RHP] Lucas Irvine (7-2, 3.60 ERA) vs SL [RHP] Mitch Talbot (4-2, 4.68 ERA)

Click here to view today’s complete game notes: GameNotes82

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 has 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.

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.

ABOVE AVERAGE: Justin Pacchioli ranks sixth in the Atlantic League in batting (.316). Additionally, Pacchioli has three-straight multi-hit games, hits in seven of his last eight and a run scored in eight of his last nine. Over his last eight games, Pacchioli is 15-for-33 (.455) with three RBI and seven runs scored.

ROLLING IN THE DEEP: Kyle Roller has reached base in 38 of his last 43 games (hits in 33-of-43). Over that stretch, Roller is 52-for-160 (.325) with 14 home runs, 42 RBI, 34 runs scored & 25 walks.

MORE THAN LUKE-WARM: RHP Lucas Irvine has strung together five-straight quality starts, including 8.1 innings of one-run baseball on 7/27. Over this stretch, Irvine has allowed just five runs over 35.0 IP (1.29 ERA), lowering his season-ERA from 4.91 to 3.61. He has won four of his last seven starts, including a nine-strikeout performance (6/24), and is tied for first on the team in wins (7).

SLOW AND STEADY: Somerset continues to lead the Atlantic League in walks (381), 60 more than the next closest team (Lancaster, 321). Additionally, the team has combined to strike out just 577 times, second-fewest in the league.

WALK IT OFF: Somerset has enjoyed 11 walk-off wins this season, including three walk-off wins in its last four home games. Yovan Gonzalez is responsible for four of the 10 winners, including a walk-off solo home run on Opening Night, while Kelly has pitched in a pair of game-winning base hits.

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

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