Somerset Patriots (9-3) vs Road Warriors (4-8)
Game #13 * Thursday, May 10 * 6:35 pm * TD Bank Ballpark * Bridgewater, New Jersey
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Tuesday (6:35 pm) RW defeat SOM 3-0; Raul Rivera-Alicea 6 shutout innings; Melvin Rodriguez HR, 2 RBI
Wednesday (11:05 am) SOM defeat RW 4-3 (7); 3 consecutive 2-out singles in bottom of the 6th prove the difference
Wednesday (6:35 pm) SOM defeat RW 7-6; Aaron Dudley HR, Kyle Roller 2 RBI 1B, gold glove defense from Rodriguez
Thursday (6:35 pm) SOM [LHP] Aaron Laffey (0-0, 3.00 ERA) vs RW [RHP] David Perez (0-2, 10.12 ERA)
Click here to view today’s complete game note: GAME NOTES 5.10.18
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).
THE WEISENBURGER SPECIAL: Patriots’ catcher Adam Weisenburger has stepped into the starting role well since May 2nd. Over his last six games, Weisenburger has gone 8-for-24 from the plate with a home run and six RBI.
BORBON STREET: Even though Julio Borbon has gone hitless in his last 12 at-bats, the 5-year Major Leaguer is still tied for the Atlantic League in doubles (6) and is 2nd in extra-base hits (8).
IT’S A WALK OFF!: Somerset enjoyed four walk-off wins over its first six games of the year. The Patriots had three walk-off wins in first six games last year.
NUMBAH ONE: Mike Fransoso’s Patriots tenure has gotten off to a strong start. The UMaine grad has made starts in both the infield & outfield and leads the team in batting (.406) – good for 5th in the league – , runs (13) and stolen bases (3).
CLOSE GAME MAGIC: Seven of Somerset’s first nine wins have come by just one run. They are 7-0 in one-run games this season and were 20-21 last year.
DUDLEY DO-RIGHT: Aaron Dudley has a ten-game on-base streak to begin the year, is currently on an nine-game hit streak, and is 2nd on the team in batting (.389). The first-year Patriot hit over .300 with at least 10 home runs and 60 RBI in each of the last four seasons with the Normal Cornbelters (Frontier).
THE HEART OF TEXAS: The Patriots plated a combined 20 runs over the last two games of their last series against the Sugar Land Skeeters to take two-of-three in Texas. The Patriots hit .307 as a team in the series, while nine different players recorded an RBI and 11 different players recorded multiple hits.
FIRST PLACE BEST PLACE: Somerset has held at least a share of first place for every day so far this season. The Patriots were in held at least a share of first place for 72 straight-days in the first half last year, with only three days tied.
BUDDING RIVALRY WITH THE WARRIORS: The Patriots and the Road Warriors are playing thrilling baseball every time they take the field together. In 6 contests so far, there has only been one game with a margin of defeat of more than 3 runs. They have played 4 1-run games already, all won by the Patriots. Somerset has outscored the Road Warriors 23-15.
WELCOME, DAVIES: The Patriots announced the signing of eight-year Major Leaguer Kyle Davies on Monday, 5/7. Davies has 43 wins and 547 strikeouts over 770.1 innings his MLB career with the Braves, Royals and Yankees.
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