Somerset Patriots (2-0, 37-28) vs. Road Warriors (0-2, 17-48)
Game #66 * Sunday, July 8th * 5:05 pm * TD Bank Ballpark * Bridgewater, NJ
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Series at a Glance
Friday (7:05 pm) SOM def. RW 5-1; Below 7 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 6 K; Massey 3-4, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, SB; Flores 2-3, BB in debut
Saturday (7:05 pm) SOM def. RW 2-0; Kyle Davies 7 shutout IP, extends scoreless streak to 19.1 IP; Flores RBI single
Sunday (5:05 pm) SOM [RHP] David Kubiak (4-1, 2.72 ERA) vs RW [RHP] Felix Baez (2-6, 5.93 ERA)
Click here to view today’s complete game note: GAME NOTES 7.8.18
1ST HALF LIBERTY DIVISION CHAMPIONS: The Patriots have clinched their 7th half division title under manager Brett Jodie and their league-record 19th half championship in franchise history. Somerset is now guaranteed a playoff spot.
HEY NOW, YOU’RE AN ALL-STAR: The Patriots had five players selected to represent the Liberty Division at the 2018 Atlantic League All-Star Game. Returning All-Stars LHP Duane Below and RHP Cory Riordan are joined by first-year All-Stars OF Julio Borbon, SS Alfredo Rodriguez and IF/OF Mike Fransoso.
KD TREY-ONE: Kyle Davies has been lights out in his last three starts, winning all three and combining for 18.2 shutout innings. During that stretch, he has allowed just 12 hits, six walks, and has 16 K. His ERA has gone from 5.00 to 2.96. He has now gone 19.1 consecutive innings without allowing a run.
HOT ROD: Alfredo Rodriguez has reached base safely in 18-straight games, with hits in 15 of 18. It’s the longest on-base streak on the team this year. He is 21-for-62 (.339) with eight runs and five RBI over this stretch.
SASSY MASSEY: IF Craig Massey has a hit in 12 of 14 and has reached base safely in 16 of last 18. He is 26-for-70 (.371) over this stretch. Massey is two PA shy of qualifying amongst league leaders (has 174 PA, needs 176), but his .448 OBP and .351 BA would otherwise lead the league and rank second, respectively.
NUMBAH ONE: Mike Fransoso has reached base safely in 12-straight games and 19 of his last 20 games. He is batting .381 (16-42) with four runs, five extra base hits, five walks and nine RBI his last 12 games. His .418 on-base percentage leads the league, while his .318 average ranks fourth.
QUITE THE INTRO: Ramon Flores has started his Somerset career by batting .571 (4-for-7) with an RBI and a walk over his first two games.
NEW SIGNING: Somerset announced the signing of 1B/3B Matt Oberste on 7/7. He went 1-for-4 in his debut against the Road Warriors that same day.
SPEEDY PACCHIOLI: Justin Pacchioli has six steals in seven July games, and is 14-for-14 in attempts this season. He finished fourth in the league last year (35).
STARTING TO SMASH: Kyle Roller has reached base safely in eight-straight games with three home runs, six runs scored and eight RBI over this stretch. He has six home runs and 13 RBI over his last 18 games.
INSANE DUANE: LHP Duane Below has allowed seven earned runs over his last 31.2 IP (1.99 ERA) and ranks third in the league in BAA (.213) and WHIP (1.03) and fourth in ERA (2.98). He has won four-straight decisions.
RIORDAN ROARIN’: RHP Cory Riordan leads the league in BB/9 (1.21), is tied for the lead in innings pitched (74.1), ranks fifth in K (57) and sixth in ERA (3.27). He has three 8+ strikeout games over his last five games. Riordan has struck out 31 batters against just three walks in 31 innings of work over this stretch.
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