Somerset Patriots (3-0) vs. Long Island Ducks (2-1)
Game #4 * Tuesday, May 1st * 6:35 pm ET * TD Bank Ballpark * Bridgewater, New Jersey
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Series at a Glance
Tuesday (6:35 pm) SOM [LHP] Rick Teasley (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs LI [LHP] Andrew Barbosa (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
Wednesday (6:35 pm) SOM [LHP] Duane Below (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs LI [RHP] Matt Larkins (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
Thursday (6:35 pm) SOM [RHP] Cory Riordan (0-0, 1.58 ERA) vs LI [LHP] Bennett Parry (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
Click here to view today’s complete game note: GAME NOTES 5.1.18
GOOD TO BE BACK: 2018 marks the 21st season of Somerset Patriots baseball and the 20th season of baseball at TD Bank Ballpark. The Patriots are the lone founding franchise remaining in the 21st season of the Atlantic League.
O CAPTAIN MY CAPTAIN: Brett Jodie enters his sixth season as manager and 15th overall season with the Patriots. He holds a 415-282 (.680) record as manager, including an Atlantic League Championship (2015), six of a possible 10 Half Championships and a Manager of the Year award (2015).
NEW ROLE, SAME BIG JON: “Big” Jon Hunton enters his seventh overall season in Somerset, but first as the team’s Pitching Coach. The all-time Atlantic League saves king (167) and three-time league champion and two-time All-Star is also in his first year as the Director of Baseball Operations.
HOMEGROWN COACHES: This season marks the first time in Somerset Patriots history that all three primary coaches had played previously for the Patriots. Brett Jodie (2003, ’05), Jon Hunton (2008, ’13-’17) and Hitting Coach Glen Barker (2003) all previously wore the Red, White and Blue.
FAMILIAR FACES: The Patriots return 14 players that spent time on the roster last year. Pitchers Mike Antonini, Aaron Laffey, Dustin Antolin, Ryan Kelly, Dustin Molleken, Duane Below and Rick Teasley join position players Al Reda, Yovan Gonzalez, Justin Trapp, Scott Kelly, Alfredo Rodriguez, Kyle Roller and Justin Pacchioli as returnees.
BIG TIME TIMMY JIMS: Somerset boasts 10 players with service time at the Major League level, including long-time MLBers Julio Borbon (five seasons), Endy Chavez (13 seasons), Logan Kensing (nine seasons) and Aaron Laffey (eight seasons). In total, the Patriots’ Opening Day roster represents 44 years of service in the big leagues.
TOPS IN THE LEAGUE: An Atlantic League-best 17 Patriots had their contracts’ purchased during the 2017 season. Somerset is once again leading the league in this department, with two contracts already purchased in 2018 (Scott Copeland, New York Mets and Brett Oberholtzer, Colorado Rockies).
BREAK OUT THE BROOMS: The Somerset Patriots rattled off 16.1 consecutive scoreless innings on the mound en route to an Opening Weekend sweep of the Road Warriors, taking Opening Day 4-3 in 11 innings, before 1-0 and 7-0 shutouts in the doubleheader on Sunday (Saturday night’s game was rained out).
START HOT STAY HOT: Somerset’s sweep of the Road Warriors marked the fourth-straight season in which the Patriots swept their opponent in their first home series of the year and the third-straight season in which Somerset has won at least its first three games of the year.
NOW WALK IT OUT: The Patriots were the beneficiary of two walk-off winners from Scott Kelly in the first two games of the season. Somerset enjoyed 11 walk-off wins in 2017; two of which came off the bat of Kelly.
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