Today’s Game Preview: Friday, August 25th

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Somerset Patriots (20-26, 62-54) vs Bridgeport Bluefish (23-24, 64-53)

Game #117 * Friday, August 25th * 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 [LHP] Mike Antonini (1-1, 1.17 ERA) vs BPT [RHP] Ross Seaton (1-1, 6.75 ERA)
Saturday (7:05 pm) SOM TBA vs BPT [LHP] Manny Parra (2-2, 6.44 ERA)
Sunday (5:05 pm) SOM [LHP] Efrain Nieves (2-4, 3.12 ERA) vs BPT [RHP] Rainy Lara (9-7, 4.20 ERA)

Click here for today’s complete game notes: GameNotes825

TOPS IN THE LEAGUE: 16 Patriots have had their contracts purchased in 2017: 11 by MLB organizations. LHPs Jeremy Bleich, Logan Darnell (twice) & Aaron Laffey along w/ RHPs Tyler Cloyd, Ryan Kelly, Vin Mazzaro, Mitch Atkins, INF Tyler Bortnick & OFs Jerry Sands and Christian Marrero had theirs’ purchased this season. RHPs Scott McGregor and David Kubiak w/ LHP Rick Teasley (Taiwan), INF Olmo Rosario (2X, Mexico) also had their contracts’ purchased.

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 14 hits away from 1,000 over his professional career (all levels). The second-year Patriot currently leads the team in hits (95), at-bats (380), games (100) and ranks 2nd in RBI (50).

WAKE ME UP WHEN SEPTEMBER BEGINS: The Patriots are 9-13 in August. As a team, Somerset is hitting .249 – their 2nd-lowest in any month this year – while the pitching staff is carrying a 4.69 ERA – highest of the season.

KEEP THE GOOD TIMES ROLLIN’: Kyle Roller has reached base in 18 of his last 22 games (hits in 13-of-22). Over that stretch, Roller has six home runs, 21 RBI and 15 BB. Despite 68 games this year, he ranks T-fifth in the league in home runs (18), T-11th in RBI (58) and would lead the league in SLG (.589) if qualified.

IT’S A TRAPP: Justin Trapp has reached base in 12 of 14 games, including hits in 10-of-14. Over this stretch, Trapp is 17-for-45 (.378) with seven 2B, seven walks, 10 runs and 11 RBI. He has also reached base in 19 of his 24 starts.

TRUST THE FORCE, LUKE: RHP Lucas Irvine earned his team-leading eighth win of the year on 8/19. Six of his last nine starts have been quality starts, yielding two runs or less in eight of his last nine. He is 4-1 over this stretch with a 2.39 ERA (14 ER over 52.2 IP), lowering his ERA from 4.91 to 3.76.

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 14.0 innings in 13 total appearances, striking out 22 batters compared to just three walks.

E-XCELLENT STRETCH: LHP Efrain Nieves has tossed quality starts in six of his last seven, dating back to 7/19. Over this stretch, Nieves is 1-3 with a 2.53 ERA (12 ER in 42.2 IP) and 37 strikeouts, lowering his season ERA from 5.25 to 3.12.

ANTONINI SHINES: LHP Mike Antonini has impressed over his first five starts in Somerset, yielding just three runs over 23.0 IP (1.17 ERA). Additionally, he has allowed just five walks so far against 27 strikeouts, including a team-high 10 strikeouts August 13th and a no-hitter through six innings on August 19th.

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

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