Today’s Game Preview: Saturday, June 16th

Today’s Game:

Somerset Patriots (26-18) vs. New Britain Bees (20-25)
Game #45 * Saturday, June 16 * 7:05 pm * TD Bank Ballpark * Bridgewater, NJ
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Series at a Glance:
Friday (7:05 pm) SOM def. NB 7-0; Trevor Foss 7.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 H; 4-run 7th including Borbon & Gonzalez 2Bs
Saturday (7:05 pm) SOM [RHP] Cory Riordan (3-2, 3.06 ERA) vs NB [RHP] Tyler Badamo (0-1, 3.30 ERA)
Sunday (1:05 pm) SOM [LHP] Rick Teasley (2-2, 3.85 ERA) vs NB [RHP] Mark Hamburger (4-3, 4.02 ERA)
Click here to view today’s complete game note: GAME NOTES 6.16.18

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: All 10 Patriots players to record an at-bat in Friday night’s game recorded a hit. It marked the first time this season 10 different Patriots batters had a hit in the same game and the third time that every Patriots batter in a game recoded a hit (5/3 vs. LI, 6/6 @ SL).
THE BURGER SPECIAL: C Adam Weisenburger has reached base safely in eight of his last nine games. He is 7-for-22 (.318) with two home runs, six runs and eight RBI over this stretch. That includes seven RBI in his last five games.
ME AND JULIO: OF Julio Borbon has reached base safely in 16 of his last 17 games and is 27-for-85 (.318) with a HR, 13 RBI, eight SB and 16 runs over his last 21 games. He’s hit safely in 24 of his last 29 games, leads the league in doubles (15), is tied for the lead in XBH (20), and ranks eighth in SLG (.478).
NO RELATION TO ROGER: Danny Dorn has hit safely in 13 of his last 14 games. He is 18-for-47 (.383) with a home run and 15 RBI and has raised his AVG from .225 to .288 over this stretch.
RIORDAN ROARIN’: RHP Cory Riordan set a Patriots season-high with 10 strikeouts in Sunday’s game in New Britain. He currently is second the league in IP (50.0), tied for ninth in K (36), fourth in BB/9 (1.44) and is sixth in ERA (3.06).
EASY BEING TEASLEY: LHP Rick Teasley returned from a two-week stretch on the inactive list on May 24th. Since his return, he has allowed just three earned runs over 20.2 IP in four starts, good for a 1.31 ERA and 19 strikeouts.
SASSY MASSEY: IF Craig Massey has reached base in 15 of his last 17 games, having raised his OBP from .286 to .462. He is 22-for-57 (.386) from the plate with five steals, 10 RBI, 15 runs and 13 walks over this stretch. He has reached base in 35 of his last 70 plate appearances (.500 OBP) over his last 17 games.
NUMBAH ONE: Mike Fransoso has reached base in 17 of his last 20 games. He currently leads the league in OBP (.437) and ranks seventh in AVG (.328).
NO-GAN KENSING: RHP Logan Kensing has tossed eight-straight scoreless relief appearances, lowering his ERA from 2.77 to 1.68. He has struck out 10 batters against one walk over the 8.1 IP. Kensing has allowed four runs this season and has 23 strikeouts against four walks over his 21.1 innings of work.
K IS FOR KUBIAK: RHP David Kubiak struck out 10 batters over 5.2 IP Thursday. He carries a 1.59 ERA and has allowed just four walks and 14 hits with 28 strikeouts in his first 22.2 innings pitched this year.
A LOT OF BUZZ: The Patriots won the season series over the Bees last year 12-7, outscoring them 107-79. New Britain owns a 3-2 advantage in 2018.
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