Today’s Game Preview: Thursday, August 17th

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Somerset Patriots (19-19, 61-47) vs. Long Island Ducks (23-16, 59-50)

Game #109 * Thursday, August 17th * 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

Tuesday (7:05 pm) LI def SOM 3-2; Patriots place tying and winning run on base in the bottom of the 9th but fall short
Wednesday (11:05 am) LI def SOM 7-3; Giovanny Alfonzo 5th-inning grand slam; Larkins career-high 12 K over 7 IP CG
Wednesday (7:05 pm) SOM def. LI 7-5; SOM hits 3 HR, including Carlos Guzman go-ahead 2-run blast in the 8th
Thursday (7:05 pm) SOM [RHP] Will Oliver (5-3, 5.09 ERA) vs LI [LHP] Rafael Perez (8-7, 4.42 ERA)

Click here to view today’s complete game notes: GameNotes817

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.

COUNTDOWN TO 1,000: Carlos Guzman is currently just 17 hits away from 1,000 over his professional career (all levels). The second-year Patriot currently leads the team in hits (92), at-bats (353), games (93) and ranks 2nd in RBI (49).

ABOVE AVERAGE: Justin Pacchioli ranks T-third in the Atlantic League in steals (32), fifth in OBP (.386), seventh in runs (56) and ninth in batting (.294). Added, he has hit safely in 14 of 20 games and a run scored in 12 of his last 21.

KEEP THE GOOD TIMES ROLLIN’: Kyle Roller has reached base in 12 of his last 15 games (hits in 10-of-15). Over that stretch, Roller has six home runs and 18 RBI. Despite just 63 games this year, he ranks fifth in the league in home runs (18), 10th in RBI (55) and would lead the league in SLG (.604) if qualified.

IT’S A TRAPP: Justin Trapp has reached base in seven of nine games, including hits in 6-of-9. Over this stretch, Trapp is 11-for-28 (.393) with five BB, four 2B, 10 RBI and seven runs. He has also reached base in 14 of his 19 starts.

OLMO BACK HOME: Olmo Rosario rejoined Somerset on 8/12 for his third stint with the team this year. He is 7-for-19 w/ a home run and five runs in his first five games back & has reached base in 11-of-12 games, dating back to his last stint.

ALL ANTOL-IN: RHP Dustin Antolin has yet to give up an earned run since joining the Patriots. The former Toronto Blue Jay has spanned 11.0 innings in 10 total appearances, striking out 16 batters compared to just one walk.

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

ANTONINI SHINES: LHP Mike Antonini has impressed over his first four starts in Somerset, yielding just one run over 17.0 IP (0.52 ERA). Additionally, he has allowed just one walk so far against 21 strikeouts, including a team-high 10 strikeouts in his last start (8/13). He has allowed just 10 base runners so far.

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

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