Today’s Game Preview: Saturday, June 9th

Today’s Game:

Somerset Patriots (23-14) @ New Britain Bees (15-24)
Game #38 * Saturday, June 9 * 6:35 pm * New Britain Stadium * New Britain, CT
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Series at a Glance:
Thursday (6:35 pm) NB def. SOM 5-3; Patriots rally from 3-0 down but Bees strike late; Massey w/ another 3-hit game
Friday (6:35 pm) SOM def. NB 12-5; Kubiak 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 K; Eight different Patriots record an RBI
Saturday (6:35 pm) SOM [RHP] Trevor Foss (1-3, 5.12 ERA) vs NB [RHP] Tyler Badamo (0-1, 3.60 ERA)
Sunday (1:35 pm) SOM [RHP] Cory Riordan (3-1, 3.32 ERA) vs NB [RHP] Mark Hamburger (3-3, 4.27 ERA)

Click here to view today’s complete game note: GAME NOTES 6.9.18

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.
ALL TOGETHER NOW: Eight different Patriots batters recorded an RBI Friday night. It marked the most players to record an RBI in a game for Somerset this season and at one point provided their largest lead of the year (12-0 in the 9th).
SASSY MASSEY: IF Craig Massey has reached base safely in 11 straight games and 12 of his last 13, having raised his OBP from .286 to .487 in the process. He is 18-for-43 (.419) from the plate with five steals, 10 RBI, 13 runs and 13 walks over this stretch. He has gotten on base at least two times in nine of his last 10 games and has reached base in 30 of his last 55 plate appearances (.545 OBP) over his last 13 games. He is currently 22 PA shy of qualifying for league leaders.
K IS FOR KUBIAK: RHP David Kubiak turned in another dominant performance Friday night. He tossed seven shutout, two-hit innings with eight strikeouts and faced one batter over the minimum. He has carries a 1.05 ERA and has allowed just three walks and nine hits with 18 strikeouts in his first 17.0 innings pitched.
NO RELATION TO ROGER: Danny Dorn has an RBI in six of his last seven games and is currently on an eight-game hit streak. He is 10-for-28 (.357) with a home run and 11 RBI  and has raised his AVG from .225 to .263 over this stretch.
TRAPP TRAPP TRAPP: Justin Trapp is currently on a nine-game on-base streak over which is batting .378 (14-for-37) with two steals, four walks, six RBI and eight runs. His AVG has risen from .242 to .281 and his OBP from .310 to .348.
ME AND JULIO: OF Julio Borbon has reached base safely in 10-straight games and is 20-for-60 (.333) with six RBI, seven SB and 13 runs over his last 14 games. He’s hit safely in 19 of his last 22 games, leads the league in doubles (13), is tied for third in XBH (17), and ranks ninth in SLG (.478).
WALK HARD: Somerset drew eight walks in Friday night’s game in New Britain and now rank second in the league in bases on balls (143). Additionally, the Patriots pitching staff has yielded a league-low 90 free passes so far this year.
NUMBAH ONE: Mike Fransoso has reached base safely in 13 of his last 14 games. He currently leads the league in OBP (.455) and ranks third in AVG (.347).
SPEED DEMONS: The Patriots have stolen 14 bases over their last eight games and currently rank second in the Atlantic League as a team in steals (51). Additionally, Somerset has four players that rank in the top 10 in steals: Justin Trapp (3rd), Borbon (t-5th), Alfredo Rodriguez (t-8th),and Mike Fransoso (t-10th).
GOOD GOLLY MOLLY: Dustin Molleken has now gone seven consecutive appearances without allowing an earned run, lowering his ERA from 4.77 to 2.19. During that stretch, he has thrown 7.1 IP, with seven strikeouts to just two walks, and picking up his first save of the season in the process.
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