Somerset Patriots (12-5) vs. Long Island Ducks (11-8)
Game #18 * Saturday, May 18 * 7:05 pm * TD Bank Ballpark * Bridgewater, NJ
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Series at a Glance:
Friday (7:05 pm) SOM def. LI 1-0; Five different pitchers combine for 3-hit shutout; Dudley walk-off sac fly in the 9th
Saturday (7:05 pm) SOM [RHP] Cory Riordan (1-0, 3.56 ERA) vs LI [RHP] John Brownell (1-2, 6.13 ERA)
Sunday (1:05 pm) SOM [LHP] Aaron Laffey (1-0, 3.00 ERA) vs LI [RHP] Jake Dunning (1-1, 2.70 ERA)
Click here to view today’s complete game note: GAME NOTES 5.19.18
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.
inVINCEable: Somerset’s bullpen features a number of former big leaguers, but first-year Patriot Vince Molesky has impressed thus far. Molesky has allowed just three earned runs over 15.1 innings this season, good for a 1.76 ERA (4th in ALPB). He has tossed 9.1 consecutive scoreless innings, over which he has faced five over the minimum and yielded five hits and one walk with eight strikeouts.
ANTONINI SHINES: Second-year Patriots southpaw Mike Antonini has not allowed an earned run over his first 11 innings on just two hits with 12 strikeouts.
RED-HOT A-ROD: Shortstop Alfredo Rodriguez saw his six-game hit streak end Friday, but has reached base in and 10 of his last 12. Over that span, Rodriguez is 17-for-44 (.386) with three RBI, four doubles, five walks and eight runs. His .364 average ranks seventh in the league, while his .462 OBP ranks fifth. He has reached base safely in 15 of the 17 games in which he has played this season.
BORBON STREET: Outfielder Julio Borbon is 6-for-13 over his last four games with a home run, three RBI, three runs and three extra-base hits. This streak has his average back up to .293 on the year. The five-year big leaguer is fourth in the league in doubles (7), second in extra-base hits (11) and fourth in slugging (.586)
IT’S A WALK OFF!: Somerset enjoyed four walk-off wins over its first six games of the year and now has five walk-offs over 13 home games this season. The Patriots had 11 walk-off wins in the 2017 season.
NUMBAH ONE: Though Mike Fransoso recently saw a six-game hit streak come to an end, the UMaine grad still ranks amongst league leaders. He ranks sixth in average (.370) and OBP (.453) while tied for ninth in runs (14).
CLOSE GAME MAGIC: Eight of Somerset’s first 12 wins have come by just one run. They are 8-1 in one-run games this season and were 20-21 last year.
DUDLEY DO-RIGHT: Aaron Dudley had his team-high 12-game on-base streak end Friday night, but still ranks 3rd on the team in batting (.356). He is tied for eighth in the league in hitting and 10th in on-base percentage (.423). The first-year Patriot also owns two of the five Somerset walk-off winners this season.
IT’S A TRAPP: Justin Trapp has reached base safely in 14 of the 15 games in which he has played this year, including each of his last five. Over this five-game stretch, the second-year Patriot has two runs, two doubles, two RBI, four walks and six steals. He currently leads the team in RBI (11) and is tied for second in the league in stolen bases (7).
DUCK SEASON: The Somerset Patriots and Long Island Ducks have now played 349 regular season games between each other, with Somerset holding a slim 175-174 advantage. Somerset has taken three-of-four against their rivals this year.
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