Game #132* Saturday, September 9th * 7:05 pm ET * TD Bank Ballpark * Bridgewater, New Jersey
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Series at a Glance
Friday (7:05 pm) SOM def. YRK 6-0; Will Oliver throws complete game shutout, striking out season-high 13
Saturday (7:05 pm) SOM [LHP] Efrain Nieves (3-5, 3.01 ERA) vs YRK [LHP] Logan Williamson (5-9, 5.52 ERA)
Sunday (1:05 pm) SOM [RHP] Lucas Irvine (8-3, 4.05 ERA) vs YRK [RHP] Jay Gause (9-3, 3.08 ERA)
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TOPS IN THE LEAGUE: 17 Patriots have had their contracts’ purchased in 2017: 12 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, Christian Marrero and Justin Pacchioli had theirs’ purchased this season. RHPs Scott McGregor and David Kubiak & LHP Rick Teasley (Taiwan), INF Olmo Rosario (2X, Mexico) also had theirs’ purchased.
MERRY CLINCH-MAS: The Somerset Patriots won the First Half Liberty Division Championship & have now won an Atlantic League-record 18 half championships.
COUNTDOWN TO 1,000: Carlos Guzman is currently just two hits away from 1,000 over his professional career (all levels). The second-year Patriot currently leads the team in hits (107), at-bats (429), games (113) & ranks 2nd in RBI (56).
BULLS IN THE PEN: Over the last 11 games, Somerset’s bullpen has limited its opponent to just 12 earned runs over 52.2 innings (2.05 ERA). Additionally, the bullpen has combined for 50 strikeouts against 17 walks, and opponents are hitting just a combined .225 (45-for-200) from the plate.
ROLL AWAY YOUR STONE: Kyle Roller has reached base in 29 of his last 35 games (hits in 22-of-35). Over that stretch, Roller has 10 home runs, 36 RBI and 25 BB. Despite 84 games this year, he ranks fourth in the league in home runs (22), T-6th in RBI (73) and 7th in BB (54). Roller would also lead the league in OBP (.435), SLG (.612), OPS (1.047) and rank second in AVG (.329) if qualified. He is currently two plate appearances shy of qualifying (at 352, needs 354).
IT’S A TRAPP: Justin Trapp has a hit in eight-of-nine, over which he is 17-for-37 (.459). Additionally, he has reached base in 23 of 26 games, over which he is 37-for-96 (.385) with one homer, eight 2B, nine walks, 14 runs and 16 RBI.
WILL THE THRILL: Will Oliver struck out a team-high 13 batters in the Patriots’ first complete-game shutout of year on 9/8. He has now tossed back-to-back complete games with 20 combined strikeouts against three walks and seven hits over 16.0 IP, lowering his season-ERA from 5.54 to 4.80.
ALL ANTOL-IN: RHP Dustin Antolin has allowed just two earned runs since joining the Patriots. The former Toronto Blue Jay has spanned 18.0 innings in 17 total appearances, striking out 24 batters compared to just three walks.
E-XCELLENT STRETCH: LHP Efrain Nieves has tossed quality starts in seven of his last nine, dating back to 7/19. Over this stretch, Nieves is 2-4 with a 2.52 ERA (15 ER in 53.2 IP) and 43 strikeouts, lowering his season ERA from 5.25 to 3.02.
DUSTIN THE WIND: RHP Dustin Molleken recently retired 19-straight batters out of the bullpen from 8/23 – 9/4. Dating back his final out on 8/23, Molleken is 1-0 with one save & seven strikeouts over seven and 1/3 innings.
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BORTY’S BACK: The Patriots recently welcomed back ‘17 All-Star Tyler Bortnick from the Brewers organization. He is 4-for-13 with 3 RBI since his return on 9/3.