Today’s Game Preview: Saturday, August 5th

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Somerset Patriots (14-12, 56-40) vs. Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (11-16, 49-47)

Game #97 * Saturday, August 5th * 7:05 pm ET * TD Bank Ballpark * Bridgewater, New Jersey

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

Series at a Glance

Friday (7:05 pm) SOM def. SMD 1-0; Kubiak throws 7.0 scoreless innings; Kyle Roller solo HR the difference
Saturday (7:05 pm) SOM [LHP] Efrain Nieves (1-2, 3.97 ERA) vs. SMD [RHP] Daryl Thompson (5-6, 4.35 ERA)
Sunday (5:05 pm) SOM [RHP] Will Oliver (4-2, 5.25 ERA) vs. SMD [RHP] Drew Hayes (5-5, 4.05 ERA)

Click here to view today’s complete game notes: GameNotes85

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 second in the Atlantic League in OBP (.408) and seventh in batting (.312). Additionally, he has three multi-hit games in his last five, hits in eight of 10 and a run scored in nine of his last 11. Over his last 10 games, Pacchioli is 16-for-39 (.410) with three RBI and nine runs scored.

ROLLING IN THE DEEP: Kyle Roller has reached base in 40 of his last 45 games (hits in 35-of-45). Over that stretch, Roller is 54-for-165 (.327) with 15 home runs, 45 RBI, 35 runs scored & 26 walks.

MORE THAN LUKE-WARM: RHP Lucas Irvine has quality starts in five of his last six outings, including 8.1 innings of one-run baseball on 7/27. Over this stretch, Irvine has allowed just six runs over 37.2 IP (1.43 ERA), lowering his season-ERA from 4.91 to 3.60. He has won four of his last eight starts, including a nine-strikeout performance (6/24), and is tied for first on the team in wins (7).

NEWBIES, NOT SHOEBIES: Somerset has made a number of recent acquisitions, including outfielder Zach Racusin and utilityman Justin Trapp. Racusin has played in 13 games and is riding an 8-game on-base streak, while Trapp has reached base safely in seven of his eight starts over 10 total games.

MAJOR LEAGUE BULLPEN: With the recent signing of LHP Matt Marksberry, Somerset now has five relievers (Achter, Antolin, Below and Molleken) with service at the Major League level. Additionally, four of them (Achter, Antolin, Molleken and Marksberry) appeared in the Majors during the 2016 season.

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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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