Today’s Game Preview: Sunday, June 26th

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Somerset Patriots (39-24) vs. Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (36-26)

Game #64 * Monday, June 26th * 7:05 pm ET * TD Bank Ballpark * Bridgewater, New Jersey

On The Air: WCTC-AM 1450; WCTCam.com Twitter: @SOMPatriots @MarcSchwartz26 @ChrisDrabik

Series at a Glance

Monday (7:05 pm) SOM [LHP] Logan Darnell (3-2, 4.31 ERA) vs SMD [RHP] Daryl Thompson (5-4, 3.92 ERA)
Tuesday (7:05 pm) SOM [RHP] David Kubiak (3-5, 3.31 ERA) vs SMD [RHP] Drew Hayes (2-2, 4.53 ERA)
Wednesday (7:05 pm) SOM [LHP] Rick Teasley (6-1, 2.40 ERA) vs SMD [RHP] Brian Grening (6-1, 2.44 ERA)
Thursday (7:05 pm) SOM [RHP] Lucas Irvine (4-1, 4.47 ERA) vs SMD [RHP] Gaby Hernandez (4-1, 2.89 ERA)

Click here to read today’s complete game notes: GameNotes626

PROMOTION-A-PALOOZA: 2017 has featured three different Somerset Patriots earning a promotion to Major League clubs, tying a franchise record set in 2008: OF Chris Marrero (SFG), RHP Tyler Cloyd (SEA) and LHP Nik Turley (MIN). Marrero played in 37 games here in 2015, Turley appeared in 10 games (8 GS) in 2016 and Cloyd made three starts with the Patriots in 2017, earning his call-up just 27 days after his last appearance in Somerset. There have been 19 Patriots to reach the majors after playing in Somerset: most in the Atlantic League.

CONGRATS ARE IN ORDER: 10 Patriots have had their contracts purchased in 2017: eight by MLB organizations. LHPs Jeremy Bleich, Logan Darnell & Aaron Laffey along with RHPs Tyler Cloyd, Ryan Kelly, Vin Mazzaro, Mitch Atkins and outfielder Jerry Sands had their contracts’ purchased earlier this season. INF Olmo Rosario (Bravos de Leon, Mexican League) and RHP Scott McGregor (Taiwan Professional Baseball) also had their contracts’ purchased earlier this season.

MyRewards Code: Enter crustacean 17 into the Patriots mobile app to earn MyRewards points!

RICK TEASLERGAARD: LHP Rick Teasley currently ranks first among qualified Atlantic League pitchers in ERA (2.40). The southpaw went 2-0 with a 0.75 ERA over 12 innings as a reliever to start the year (four games), compared to a 4-1 record with a 2.79 ERA over 51.2 innings as a starter (eight games).

YO-YO HOT: Yovan Gonzalez has reached base safely in 35 of the 40 games in which he has played this year, including hits in 19 of his last 24. Over those 24 games, Gonzalez is 27-86 (.314) with a home run, eight runs and nine RBI. He is ten plate appearances (161, needs 171) short of qualifying among the league leaders in batting, but his .326 average would otherwise rank 4th.

K IS FOR KUBIAK: RHP David Kubiak currently is 2nd in the ALPB in strikeouts (65). He has made eight-straight starts after beginning the year as a reliever, striking out nine batters in a game three times, including at least five strikeouts in seven of the eight games. Additionally, his 3.32 ERA ranks 10th in the league.

OH OH OH IT’S MAGIC: Entering Monday’s slate of games, the Somerset Patriots’ magic number to clinch the first half Liberty Division title is three. The Patriots have won an Atlantic League-record 17 half championships, including seven first half championships: most recently in ‘15 with a record-setting 50 wins.

KEEP ROLLIN’ ROLLIN’: Kyle Roller has hit safely in 18 of the 23 games in which he has played since rejoining the Patriots on 5/26. That includes reaching base in 12 of his last 13 games (and hits in 11-of-13). Over that stretch, Roller is 16-for-48 (.333) with five home runs, 10 RBI, 15 runs scored and 10 walks.

GOING STREAKIN’: Tyler Bortnick has reached base safely in 26 of his last 28 games, including a 19-game streak ended on 6/15. Over this stretch, Bortnick is 33-for-98 (.337) with a home run, 13 runs and 20 RBI, raising his average from .268 to .308. His current .308 batting average ranks ninth in the Atlantic League.

TOP 20: All season long, the Somerset Patriots will be unveiling their Top 20 players in franchise history. OF Aharon Eggleston was just named the 11th greatest Patriot of all time. Follow along all season to find out who will join him!

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Christian Marrero’s Two Home Runs Lead Patriots To 12-3 Win

625fbscoreBridgewater, NJ-   The Somerset Patriots (39-24) defeated the New Britain Bees (25-38) 12-3 at TD Bank Ballpark on Sunday afternoon.

 

The Patriots powered their way in front in the bottom of the second inning on a two-run home run by Kyle Roller (5) and a solo shot by Christian Marrero, his first as a Patriot. Chris Grayson added a sacrifice fly to make the score 4-0.

 

“I’m just trying to stay aggressive in all my at bats,” said Marrero. “I was looking for something in my zone. I got something I was looking for and put a good barrel on it.”

 

The Bees got on the board in the top of the third inning on a fielder’s choice and error to cut the lead to 4-1.

 

Marrero answered for the Patriots with a three-run blast (2), his second of the game, to make the score 7-1. He finished 2-for-3 with three runs and five RBI.

 

“Right now everything is clicking on both sides for our team. It’s a lot of fun right now and that’s when great things happen,” Marrero added.

 

Michael Crouse’s RBI single in the fourth inning cut the lead to 7-2.

 

Somerset extended their advantage in the bottom of the sixth inning on an RBI single by Carlos Guzman and furthered the damage with a four run seventh inning. Alfredo Rodriguez had an RBI single, Grayson hit an RBI double, and Olmo Rosario added an RBI double that made the score 12-2.

 

New Britain got a run in the top of the eighth inning on an RBI single by Crouse for the 12-3 final.

 

Will Oliver (3-0) picked up the win, allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits in six innings pitched. Brian Dupra (3-5) suffered the loss, allowing seven earned runs on seven hits in five innings pitched.

 

The 2017 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford will continue at home on Monday, June 26th with a 7:05 pm game against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs. The game features Bark In The Park Night presented by FOSRAS.  For tickets, visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

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Today’s Game Preview: Sunday, June 25th

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Somerset Patriots (38-24) vs. New Britain Bees (25-37)

Game #63 * Sunday, June 25th * 1:05 pm ET * TD Bank Ballpark * Bridgewater, New Jersey

On The Air: WCTC-AM 1450; WCTCam.com Twitter: @SOMPatriots @MarcSchwartz26 @ChrisDrabik

Series at a Glance

Friday (7:05 pm) NB def. SOM 5-4 (12 inn.); Bortnick two-run double in 9th to tie before Maddux 12th-inning HR to win it
Saturday (7:05 pm) SOM def. 12-3; Season-high 7-run 5th inning, led by Bortnick grand slam, gives SOM the victory
Sunday (1:05 pm) SOM [RHP] Will Oliver (2-0, 3.73 ERA) vs NB [RHP] Brian Dupra (3-4, 3.92 ERA)

Click here to view today’s complete game notes: GameNotes625

PROMOTION-A-PALOOZA: 2017 has featured three different Somerset Patriots earning a promotion to Major League clubs, tying a franchise record set in 2008: OF Chris Marrero (SFG), RHP Tyler Cloyd (SEA) and LHP Nik Turley (MIN). Marrero played in 37 games here in 2015, Turley appeared in 10 games (8 GS) in 2016 and Cloyd made three starts with the Patriots in 2017, earning his call-up just 27 days after his last appearance in Somerset. There have been 19 Patriots to reach the majors after playing in Somerset: most in the Atlantic League.

CONGRATS ARE IN ORDER: 10 Patriots have had their contracts purchased in 2017; eight by MLB organizations. LHPs Jeremy Bleich, Logan Darnell & Aaron Laffey along with RHPs Tyler Cloyd, Ryan Kelly, Vin Mazzaro, Mitch Atkins and outfielder Jerry Sands had their contracts’ purchased earlier this season. INF Olmo Rosario (Bravos de Leon, Mexican League) and RHP Scott McGregor (Taiwan Professional Baseball) also had their contracts’ purchased earlier this season.

RICK TEASLERGAARD: LHP Rick Teasley currently ranks first among qualified Atlantic League pitchers in ERA (2.40). The southpaw went 2-0 with a 0.75 ERA over 12 innings as a reliever to start the year (four games), compared to a 4-1 record with a 2.79 ERA over 51.2 innings as a starter (eight games).

MyRewards Code: Enter beekeeper 17 into the Patriots mobile app to earn MyRewards points!

YO-YO HOT: Yovan Gonzalez has reached base safely in 35 of the 40 games in which he has played this year, including hits in 19 of his last 24. Over those 24 games, Gonzalez is 27-86 (.314) with a home run, eight runs and nine RBI. He is seven plate appearances (161, needs 168) short of qualifying among the league leaders in batting, but his .326 average would otherwise rank 4th. Gonzalez also has been responsible for four of the eight walk-off wins for Somerset this year.

K IS FOR KUBIAK: RHP David Kubiak currently leads the ALPB in strikeouts (65). He has made eight-straight starts after beginning the year as a reliever, striking out nine batters in a game three times, including at least five strikeouts in seven of the eight games. Additionally, his 3.32 ERA ranks 10th in the league.

OH OH OH IT’S MAGIC: Entering Sunday’s slate of games, the Somerset Patriots’ magic number to clinch the first half Liberty Division title is four. The Patriots have won an Atlantic League-record 17 half championships, including seven first half championships: most recently in ‘15 with a record-setting 50 wins.

WALK IT OFF: Somerset has eight walk-off wins over its first 32 home games this season. Yovan Gonzalez has four of the eight, while Carlos Guzman (4/26), Tyler Bortnick (4/26), Scott Kelly (6/16) and Greg Golson (6/17) own the others.

GOING STREAKIN’: Tyler Bortnick has reached base safely in 25 of his last 27 games, including a 19-game streak ended on 6/15. Over this stretch, Bortnick is 32-for-93 (.344) with a home run, 13 runs and 19 RBI, raising his average from .268 to .311. His current .311 batting average ranks ninth in the Atlantic League.

TOP 20: All season long, the Somerset Patriots will be unveiling their Top 20 players in franchise history. OF Aharon Eggleston was just named the 11th greatest Patriot of all time. Follow along all season to find out who will join him!

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Seven Run 5th Inning Breaks Open Game In Patriots 12-3 Win

624fbscoreBridgewater, NJ-   The Somerset Patriots (38-24) defeated the New Britain Bees (25-37) 12-3 at TD Bank Ballpark on Saturday evening.

A seven run fifth inning put the Patriots in front for good after trailing 3-1 to enter the inning. Olmo Rosario’s RBI groundout got the scoring started and an RBI base hit by Greg Golson tied up the game at 3-3. Mark Minicozzi gave Somerset a one run lead with an RBI base hit before Tyler Bortnick followed with a grand slam (1) to break open the game.

“It all starts with my teammates getting on base,” said Bortnick. “I saw Beimel last night and got a good sense for his pitches. Tonight I was just looking to do something early in the count. Luckily he threw me something I could hit and I put a good swing on it.”

The Bees had jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning on an RBI double by James Skelton and a sacrifice fly by Craig Maddox.

Rosario hit a solo home run (4) in the bottom of the fourth inning to cut the lead to 2-1

Conor Bierfeldt made it a 3-1 game with a solo home run (11) in the top of the fifth inning before Somerset’s big rally in the bottom of the frame.

Christian Marrero flirted with the team’s second grand slam of the game on a two-run single off the right field wall in the sixth inning that made the score 10-3.

The Patriots added two more runs in the eighth inning on a bases loaded walk by Yovan Gonzalez and an RBI single by Alfredo Rodriguez.

Lucas Irvine (4-1) earned the win, allowing three earned runs on nine hits and nine strikeouts in seven innings. Jason Jarvis (1-4) suffered the loss, allowing five earned runs on five hits in an inning pitched.

The 2017 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford will continue at home on Sunday, June 25th with a 1:05 pm game against the New Britain Bees. The game features an appearance by Chase and Marshall of Paw Patrol.  For tickets, visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

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Today’s Game Preview: Saturday, June 24th

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Somerset Patriots (37-24) vs. New Britain Bees (25-36)

Game #62 * Saturday, June 24th * 7:05 pm ET * TD Bank Ballpark * Bridgewater, New Jersey

On The Air: WCTC-AM 1450; WCTCam.com Twitter: @SOMPatriots @MarcSchwartz26 @ChrisDrabik

Series at a Glance

Friday (7:05 pm) NB def. SOM 5-4 (12 inn.); Bortnick two-run double in 9th to tie before Maddux 12th-inning HR to win it
Saturday (7:05 pm) SOM [RHP] Lucas Irvine (3-1, 4.55 ERA) vs NB [LHP] Nick Greenwood (1st Start)
Sunday (1:05 pm) SOM [RHP] Will Oliver (2-0, 3.73 ERA) vs NB [RHP] Brian Dupra (3-4, 3.92 ERA)

Click here to view today’s complete game notes: GameNotes624

PROMOTION-A-PALOOZA: 2017 has featured three different Somerset Patriots earning a promotion to Major League clubs, tying a franchise record set in 2008: OF Chris Marrero (SFG), RHP Tyler Cloyd (SEA) and LHP Nik Turley (MIN). Marrero played in 37 games here in 2015, Turley appeared in 10 games (8 GS) in 2016 and Cloyd made three starts with the Patriots in 2017, earning his call-up just 27 days after his last appearance in Somerset. There have been 19 Patriots to reach the majors after playing in Somerset: most in the Atlantic League.

CONGRATS ARE IN ORDER: 10 Patriots have had their contracts purchased in 2017; eight by MLB organizations. LHPs Jeremy Bleich, Logan Darnell & Aaron Laffey along with RHPs Tyler Cloyd, Ryan Kelly, Vin Mazzaro, Mitch Atkins and outfielder Jerry Sands had their contracts’ purchased earlier this season. INF Olmo Rosario (Bravos de Leon, Mexican League) and RHP Scott McGregor (Taiwan Professional Baseball) also had their contracts’ purchased earlier this season.

RICK TEASLERGAARD: LHP Rick Teasley currently ranks first among qualified Atlantic League pitchers in ERA (2.40). The southpaw went 2-0 with a 0.75 ERA over 12 innings as a reliever to start the year (four games), compared to a 4-1 record with a 2.79 ERA over 51.2 innings as a starter (eight games).

YO-YO HOT: Yovan Gonzalez has reached base safely in 34 of the 39 games in which he has played this year, including hits in 18 of his last 23. Over those 23 games, Gonzalez is 24-82 (.293) with a home run, seven runs and eight RBI. He is eight plate appearances (157, needs 165) short of qualifying among the league leaders in batting, but his .314 average would otherwise rank 6th. Gonzalez also has been responsible for four of the eight walk-off wins for Somerset this year.

MyRewards Code: Enter pollen 17 into the Patriots mobile app to earn MyRewards points!

K IS FOR KUBIAK: RHP David Kubiak currently leads the ALPB in strikeouts (65). He has made eight-straight starts after beginning the year as a reliever, striking out nine batters in a game three times, including at least five strikeouts in seven of the eight games. Additionally, his 3.32 ERA ranks 10th in the league.

JUST-IN TIME: OF Justin Pacchioli has reached base in 32 of his last 37 games – including a recent eight-game hit streak – over which he is 43-for-119 (.361) w/ 17 RBI, 28 R & 19 SB. Pacchioli is just six PA (159, needs 165) shy of qualifying among league leaders, but his .338 average would otherwise rank third.

WALK IT OFF: Somerset has eight walk-off wins over its first 31 home games this season. Yovan Gonzalez has four of the eight, while Carlos Guzman (4/26), Tyler Bortnick (4/26), Scott Kelly (6/16) and Greg Golson (6/17) own the others.

GOING STREAKIN’: Tyler Bortnick has reached base safely in 24 of his last 26 games, including a 19-game streak ended on 6/15. Over this stretch, Bortnick is 30-for-89 (.337) with 12 runs scored and 15 RBI, raising his average from .268 to .306. His current .306 batting average ranks ninth in the Atlantic League.

TOP 20: All season long, the Somerset Patriots will be unveiling their Top 20 players in franchise history. OF Aharon Eggleston was just named the 11th greatest Patriot of all time. Follow along all season to find out who will join him!

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