Today’s Game Preview: Saturday, May 5th

Today’s Game:

Somerset Patriots (5-2) @ Sugar Land Skeeters (7-0)
Game #8 * Saturday, May 5 * 6:05 pm CT (7:05 pm ET) * Constellation Field * Sugar Land, Texas
On The Air: 1450 WCTC; WCTCam.com Twitter: @SOMPatriots @MarcSchwartz26 @8oyle
Series at a Glance
Friday (7:05 pm) SL def SOM 5-3; Logan Bawcom 5.0 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 0 BB, 6 BB; Adam Weisenburger 2-4, 2B, HR
Saturday (6:05 pm) SOM [LHP] Aaron Laffey (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs SL [RHP] Brett Marshall (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
Sunday (2:05 pm) SOM [LHP] Rick Teasley (0-1, 6.75 ERA) vs SL [RHP] Tyler Badamo (1-0, 0.00 ERA)
Click here to view today’s complete game note: GAME NOTES 5.5.18

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 has won one Atlantic League Championship (2015), six of a possible 10 Half Championships and a Manager of the Year award (2015).
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.
TOPS IN THE LEAGUE: An Atlantic League-best 17 Patriots had their contracts’ purchased during the 2017 season. Somerset is once again tied for the league-lead in this department, with two contracts already purchased in 2018 (Scott Copeland, New York Mets and Brett Oberholtzer, Colorado Rockies).
LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION: The Patriots pitching staff has gotten off to a hot start, with the league’s second best ERA (3.34). A large part of that success is credited to commanding the strike zone and limiting free passes. The Patriots have allowed the second-lowest amount of walks of any team in the league (16).
BORBON STREET: First-year Patriots outfielder Julio Borbon has gotten off to a hot start with a hit in each of his first six games of the season. Additionally, the five-year Major Leaguer has recorded an extra base hit in five-straight games, including a two-run home run Tuesday, May 1st against the Ducks.
IT’S A WALK OFF!: Six games into the 2018 season, the Patriots already have four walk-off wins. Scott Kelly led the way with walk-off winners in each of the first two games, and Aaron Dudley followed suit on 5/2 to cap off a four-run comeback victory. Justin Pacchioli had a walk-off single on 5/3 to take the rubber game in the Ducks series. Patriots had 3 walk-off wins in first 6 games last year.
WE’RE GOING STREAKING!: Justin Trapp and Alfredo Rodriguez have begun their 2018 seasons with a seven-game on-base streak.  Borbon and Aaron Dudley each own a six-game on-base streak, while Dudley has also hit in five straight.
BULLS ON PARADE: Somerset’s bullpen was considered a strength of the team heading into the season, and that has held up through the first seven games. The team’s relief pitchers have combined to yield just six earned runs over 30.0 IP so far, good for a 1.80 ERA. They have also earned all five team wins and have struck out 34 batters over their 30.0 combined innings of work.
GOLD GLOVE CALIBER: Somerset has recorded just two errors as a team over 246 totals chances, good for a .992 fielding percentage (#1). The Patriots have ranked as the top defensive team in the league in each of the last two years as well, with a .981 and a .983 fielding percentage in 2016 and 2017, respectively.
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