Skeeters Walk-Off Winners In 11-Inning Opener

Sugar Land, Texas- The Somerset Patriots (19-12, 54-40) fell 3-2 to the Sugar Land Skeeters (21-9, 62-31) in 11 innings Friday night at Constellation Field.

Sugar Land’s Konner Wade and Somerset’s Vince Molesky boasted an impressive pitchers’ duel that kept the game scoreless over its first six innings. The Patriots broke through in the top of the seventh on a Jayce Boyd (1) solo home run to left field. FINAL-810-fb

Molesky tossed a scoreless bottom of the seventh inning and finished the evening with seven shutout frames on just 69 pitches with five hits, no walks and four strikeouts.

The Skeeters took a brief lead in the bottom of the eighth inning on an Alvaro Rondon RBI single and a Javier Betancourt double paired that included a Justin Trapp fielding error in right field.

Somerset immediately answered in the top of the ninth inning to tie the game on a two-out, two-strike bloop RBI single from Trapp to right field. It marked the first time in two months that Skeeters’ closer Felipe Paulino had allowed a run.

The Patriots had opportunities to take the lead in both the 10th and 11th innings, but a one-out RBI single from Juan Silverio in the bottom of the 11th earned Sugar Land the 3-2 win.

Austin Adams (2-0) received the win after a scoreless inning of relief. Zech Zinicola (0-4) suffered the loss after he allowed an unearned run to score in one-third of an inning of relief in his Patriots debut.

The Patriots and Skeeters continue their seven-game series Saturday night. Somerset southpaw Duane Below (6-4, 4.11 ERA) takes the mound against Sugar Land lefty James Russell (6-3, 2.39 ERA). First pitch at Constellation Field is set for 6:05 p.m. CST (7:05 p.m. EST).

The 2018 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford continues on the road until Friday, August 17th when the Patriots return to TD Bank Ballpark for an 7:05 p.m. game against the York Revolution. The game includes a postgame fireworks show. For tickets, visit www.somersetpatriots.com. 

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Somerset Patriots Sign RHP Zech Zinicola

Zinicola BlogsBridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots have announced the signing of right-handed pitcher Zech Zinicola.

Zinicola enters his first season with the Somerset Patriots and was already in his third season in the Atlantic League, having played for the Sugar Land Skeeters (2016-2017) and also the Road Warriors earlier this season.

In 19 games with the Road Warriors this year, Zinicola had a 4.98 ERA and 20 strikeouts in 21.2 innings pitched.

The Loma Linda, California native appeared in 70 games with the Skeeters over the last two seasons, finishing with a 2.93 ERA and 49 strikeouts in 61.1 innings pitched during the 2016 campaign.

Zinicola was drafted in the sixth round of the 2006 MLB Amateur Draft by the Washington Nationals organization, where he spent seven seasons to start his professional career. Zinicola has eight seasons of minor league service, including four seasons at Triple-A.

In addition to time with the Nationals organization, Zinicola has a season of Double-A experience with the Baltimore Orioles.

For his career, Zinicola has a 3.86 ERA, 79 saves, and 502 strikeouts in 590 innings pitched in 480 games.

He has been activated for Somerset’s game on Friday night against the Sugar Land Skeeters.

The 2018 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford is underway and features the team’s 20th Season at TD Bank Ballpark. The team has clinched a playoff spot already by winning the 2018 Liberty Division First Half Championship. For tickets, visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

About The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB)
The Atlantic League has been a leader in professional baseball and a gateway to Major League Baseball since 1998. Over 38 million fans have attended Atlantic League games and more than 900 players and 50 managers and coaches have joined MLB organizations directly from the ALPB. The Atlantic League emphasizes winning baseball games, showcasing the talent of top-caliber players and offering affordable family entertainment.

For more information, please visit www.atlanticleague.com.

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Ducks Outlast Patriots To Complete Three-Game Sweep

88FBFinalBridgewater, NJ- The Long Island Ducks (19-9, 49-42) defeated the Somerset Patriots (19-11, 54-39) 4-3 in 11 innings at TD Bank Ballpark on Wednesday afternoon.

The Ducks broke the 3-3 tie in the top of the 11th inning on a solo home run by Anthony Vega (2) for the 4-3 final.

Trailing 3-2 in the bottom of the ninth inning, the Patriots tied up the game on a wild pitch that allowed Scott Kelly to score.

Long Island had taken an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning on a sacrifice fly by Lew Ford.

Jayce Boyd tied up the game in the bottom of the fourth inning with an RBI single.

The Ducks reclaimed the lead in the top of the fifth inning on another sacrifice by Ford and an RBI single by Taylor Ard that made the score 3-1.

Somerset made it a one run game in the bottom of the sixth inning on a Matt Oberste RBI single.

Dennis O’Grady (5-2) picked up the win with a scoreless inning pitched. Dustin Antolin (1-4) suffered the loss, allowing a run on a hit in an inning pitched. Ashur Tolliver earned his first save of the season with a scoreless inning pitched.

The 2018 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford will continue on the road until Friday, August 17th when the Patriots return to TD Bank Ballpark for a 7:05 pm game against the York Revolution. The game features Drawstring Backpacks (1st 2,000 Fans) presented by Applegate. For tickets, visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

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The Somerset Patriots To Honor Veterans At The Ballpark On August 19th

SPB-5393 Veterans Day FB POST 1200x900Bridgewater, NJ – The Somerset Patriots, along with the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 452, will honor veterans and current military members before the Patriots game on Sunday, August 19th, with gates opening at 4:00 pm at TD Bank Ballpark. Fans are encouraged to arrive early for the special ceremony expected to begin at 4:15 pm.

This year’s event will feature Lieutenant General Richard C. Zilmer as the keynote speaker.

Lieutenant General Zilmer served as a Marine in many different roles over a 37-year military career. Lieutenant General Zilmer served in battles during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm in 1990 and 1991 and in Operation Iraq Freedom in 2006 and 2007. Lieutenant General Zilmer led the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force in Al Anbar and commanded all U.S. and Iraqi forces in the province.

United States Armed Forces veterans, active Marines and soldiers will be honored at the ballpark. All veterans in attendance will be recognized for their courage and service to the United States.

The ceremony will feature a special Honor Guard from Vietnam Veterans of America- Chapter 233 Metuchen and The Rifle Squad from the Marine Corps League Gunnery Sergeant John Basilone Detachment #190- Milltown, and Echo Taps. There will also be a reenactment of the flag raising on Iwo Jima by six Marines from the Marine Corps- Colts Neck.

There will be a military fly-over with World War II planes by pilots Kevin Russo, Buzz Cortez, Ed Nagle, Gavin Nagle, and John Mazur. Military vehicles will be stationed around the ballpark for fans to view before the game.

Veterans from groups such as the Marine Corps League, Vietnam Veterans of America, Military Order of the Purple Heart, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Disabled America Veterans, Coast Guard League, Navy League, National Guard, Seabee Organization, Navy Seals, and the Green Berets will be honored before the game.

All veterans will receive complimentary admission to the game, while all family, friends, and other guests of veterans will receive $5.00 upper box tickets.

This year, the event will include participation by the Armed Forces Heritage Museum (AFHM) and their traveling, education and multi-media trailer that will feature some of the current ongoing projects as part of the mission of the AFHM.

Following the game, there will be a paratrooper helicopter drop fundraiser to benefit the Basilone Memorial Foundation. For more information of how to participate in the fundraiser, visit www.basilonefoundation.org

For more information on how to participate in the Somerset Patriots Veterans of America Day, or to purchase tickets for the event, please call the Somerset Patriots Ticket Office at (908) 252-0700 or visit somersetpatriots.com.

The 2018 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford is underway and features the team’s 20th Season at TD Bank Ballpark. The team has clinched a playoff spot already by winning the 2018 Liberty Division First Half Championship. For tickets, visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

About The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB)
The Atlantic League has been a leader in professional baseball and a gateway to Major League Baseball since 1998. Over 38 million fans have attended Atlantic League games and more than 900 players and 50 managers and coaches have joined MLB organizations directly from the ALPB. The Atlantic League emphasizes winning baseball games, showcasing the talent of top-caliber players and offering affordable family entertainment.

For more information, please visit www.atlanticleague.com.

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Ducks Hold Off Patriots Comeback For 10-7 Win

87FBFinaljpgBridgewater, NJ- The Long Island Ducks (18-9, 48-42) defeated the Somerset Patriots (19-10, 54-38) 10-7 at TD Bank Ballpark on Tuesday evening.

The Ducks jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning on a solo home run by Daniel Fields (6) and a three-run shot by David Washington (17).

Long Island put up three more runs in the top of the second inning on a bases loaded walk to Fields and a two-run single by Travis Snider that made the score 7-0.

The Patriots got on the board in the bottom of the third inning on a solo home run by Justin Trapp (5) and an RBI single by Alfredo Rodriguez that cut the lead to 7-2.

A solo home run by Matt Oberste (2) made it a 7-3 ballgame in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Somerset kept chipping away with two more runs in the fifth inning. The first run scored on a sacrifice fly by Ramon Flores. Rodriguez then laced a no doubt-solo home run (4) to left field to make the score 7-5.

Fields’ RBI triple in the top of the sixth inning and Ramon Cabrera’s solo homer (1) in the eighth inning put the Ducks up 9-5.

The Patriots rallied for two more runs in the bottom of the eighth inning on a two-run base hit by Oberste to make the score 9-7. Oberste finished the game 2-for-4 with a run, a home run, and three RBI.

Long Island made it a 10-7 game, which would be the final, with a run in the top of the ninth inning on an RBI groundout by Lew Ford.

Carlos Pimentel (1-3) picked up the win with three strikeouts in 1.1 innings pitched. Kyle Davies (5-6) suffered the loss, allowing seven runs on five hits in five innings pitched. Francisco Rodriguez earned his 20th save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning with two strikeouts.

The 2018 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford will continue at home on Wednesday, August 8th with a 11:05 am game against the Long Island Ducks at TD Bank Ballpark. For tickets, visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

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