Today’s Game Preview: Tuesday, June 19th

Today’s Game:

Somerset Patriots (27-20) @ Lancaster Barnstormers (31-15)
Game #48 * Tuesday, June 19 * 7:00 pm * Clipper Magazine Stadium * Lancaster, PA
On The Air: 1450 WCTC; WCTCam.com Twitter: @SOMPatriots @MarcSchwartz26 @8oyle
Series at a Glance:
Monday (7:00 pm) LAN def. SOM 13-6; Endy Chavez Grand Slam not enough as LAN scores 10 in final three innings
Tuesday (7:00 pm) SOM [LHP] Duane Below (2-2, 3.68 ERA) @ LAN [RHP] Steve Johnson (3-1, 3.40 ERA)
Wednesday (7:00 pm) SOM [RHP] David Kubiak (2-0, 1.58 ERA) @ LAN [LHP] Tommy Shirley (3-1, 6.02 ERA)
Click here to view today’s complete game note: GAME NOTES 6.19.18

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.
BATTLE OF DIVISION LEADERS: The three-game set between the Patriots and Barnstormers pits the top teams from the Liberty and Freedom Divisions. Lancaster has dominated the season series in 2018, winning six of seven games.
HOME RUN CITY: The Patriots have had just three multi-home run games this year, with all of them coming at Clipper Magazine Stadium (5/30, 5/31 game one, 6/18). Of the 22 home runs Somerset has hit this year, seven have come in the five games they have played in Lancaster, good for 32%.
FIRST GRANNY: Endy Chavez hit the first grand slam of the year for the Somerset Patriots in the 13-6 loss on Monday night in Lancaster. It was his second homer of the year and raised Chavez’s RBI total from seven to 11.
ME AND JULIO: OF Julio Borbon has reached base safely in 18 of his last 19 games and is 30-for-94 (.319) with a HR, 13 RBI, eight SB and 17 runs over his last 23 games. He’s hit safely in 26 of his last 31 games, leads the league in doubles (15), is tied for second in XBH (20), and ranks 10th in SLG (.470).
NO RELATION TO ROGER: Danny Dorn has hit safely in 15 of his last 17 games. He is 21-for-58 (.362) with a home run and 17 RBI and has raised his AVG from .225 to .287 over this stretch.
MOST FANS, BEST FANS: TD Bank Ballpark welcomed in 21,821 (avg. of 7,274) fans over Father’s Day weekend. Somerset currently leads the league in total (146,357) & average (5,047) attendance after leading the league in both last year
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 26.2 IP in five starts, good for a 1.01 ERA and 25 strikeouts.
RIORDAN ROARIN’: RHP Cory Riordan picked up a no-decision after allowing three runs with eight Ks in Saturday’s game vs. the Bees. He ranks second in the league in IP (56.1), third in K (44), fourth in BB/9 (1.28) and sixth in ERA (3.20).
SASSY MASSEY: IF Craig Massey has reached base in 15 of his last 18 games, having raised his OBP from .286 to .453. He is 22-for-59 (.373) 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 72 plate appearances (.486 OBP) over his last 18 games.
NUMBAH ONE: Mike Fransoso has reached base in 19 of his last 23 games. He currently ranks second in the league in OBP (.418) and eighth in AVG (.310).
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.
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Somerset Falls Short In 13-6 Shootout

Lancaster, Penn. – The Somerset Patriots (27-20) dropped Monday night’s series-opener 13-6 to the Lancaster Barnstormers (31-15) at Clipper Magazine Stadium.

Aaron Dudley (2) got the Patriots on the scoreboard first in the top of the second inning with a solo home run over the right field fence. Lancaster responded in the bottom of the fourth with a pair of solo home runs from Trayvon Robinson (2) and Nate Coronado (1) briefly gave the Barnstormers a 2-1 lead. FINAL-618-fb

Somerset answered in the next half inning on an Endy Chavez (2) grand slam out to right-center. It marked the first grand slam of the year for the Patriots, giving them a 5-2 lead.

That lead was short-lived, however. Blake Gailen (10) hit a solo home run in the bottom of the fifth to trim the deficit to two before Lancaster plated four runs in the sixth to take a 7-5 lead. A Coronado (2) three-run homer and a Gailen RBI single highlighted the inning.

The Patriots got back on the scoreboard in the top of the sixth on a Yovan Gonzalez RBI double. However, the Barnstormers added four more runs the next inning to extend their lead to 11-6. A Coronado (2) three-run home run and a Gailen RBI single provided the scoring.

Lancaster topped off the scoring in the bottom of the eighth with a Tyler Bortnick two-out, two-run single.

Nate Reed (6-1) earned the win despite yielding five runs on six hits over six innings. Vince Molesky (1-1) allowed four runs (three earned) on three hits over one inning of relief to take the loss.

The Patriots and Barnstormers continue their three-game series Tuesday night. Southpaw Duane Below (2-2, 3.68 ERA) takes the mound for Somerset against Lancaster righty Steve Johnson (3-1, 3.40 ERA). First pitch at Clipper Magazine Stadium is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

The 2018 Somerset Patriots season presented by Ford continues on Friday, June 22nd when the Patriots return to TD Bank Ballpark to take on the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs at 7:05 pm. For tickets, visit www.somersetpatriots.com

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Today’s Game Preview: Monday, June 18th

Today’s Game:

Somerset Patriots (27-19) @ Lancaster Barnstormers (30-15)
Game #47 * Monday, June 18 * 7:00 pm * Clipper Magazine Stadium * Lancaster, PA
On The Air: 1450 WCTC; WCTCam.com Twitter: @SOMPatriots @MarcSchwartz26 @8oyle
Series at a Glance:
Monday (7:00 pm) SOM [RHP] Kyle Davies (0-3, 4.90 ERA) @ LAN [LHP] Nate Reed (5-1, 3.08 ERA)
Tuesday (7:00 pm) SOM [LHP] Duane Below (2-2, 3.68 ERA) @ LAN [RHP] Steve Johnson (3-1, 3.40 ERA)
Wednesday (7:00 pm) SOM [RHP] David Kubiak (2-0, 1.58 ERA) @ LAN [LHP] Tommy Shirley (3-1, 6.02 ERA)
Click here to view today’s complete game note: GAME NOTES 6.18.18

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.
MOST FANS, BEST FANS: TD Bank Ballpark welcomed in 21,821 (avg. of 7,274) fans over Father’s Day weekend. Somerset currently leads the league in total (146,357) & average (5,047) attendance after leading the league in both last year
BATTLE OF DIVISION LEADERS: The three-game set between the Patriots and the Barnstormers pits the top teams from the Liberty and Freedom Divisions. Lancaster has dominated the season series in 2018, winning five of the six games
NO RELATION TO ROGER: Danny Dorn has hit safely in 15 of his last 16 games. He is 21-for-53 (.396) with a home run and 17 RBI and has raised his AVG from .225 to .298 over this stretch.
THE BURGER SPECIAL: C Adam Weisenburger has reached base safely in nine of his last 10 games. He is 8-for-26 (.306) with two home runs, seven runs and eight RBI over this stretch. That includes seven RBI in his last six games.
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 26.2 IP in five starts, good for a 1.01 ERA and 25 strikeouts.
ME AND JULIO: OF Julio Borbon has reached base safely in 17 of his last 18 games and is 28-for-89 (.315) with a HR, 13 RBI, eight SB and 16 runs over his last 22 games. He’s hit safely in 25 of his last 30 games, leads the league in doubles (15), is tied for second in XBH (20), and ranks t-ninth in SLG (.472).
RIORDAN ROARIN’: RHP Cory Riordan picked up a no-decision after allowing three runs with eight Ks in Saturday’s game vs. the Bees. He leads the league in IP (56.1), is second in K (44), fourth in BB/9 (1.28) and seventh in ERA (3.20).
SASSY MASSEY: IF Craig Massey has reached base in 15 of his last 18 games, having raised his OBP from .286 to .453. He is 22-for-59 (.373) 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 72 plate appearances (.486 OBP) over his last 18 games.
NUMBAH ONE: Mike Fransoso has reached base in 18 of his last 22 games. He currently ranks second in the league in OBP (.423) and eighth in AVG (.317).
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.
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).
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Patriots Take Game And Series Over The Bees On Sunday

617FBfinalBridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots (27-19) defeated the New Britain Bees (21-26) 2-1 before 6,617 fans at TD Bank Ballpark on Sunday afternoon.

Down a run, and without any hits into the bottom of the seventh inning, the Patriots rallied for two runs to take the lead on a Mike Fransoso single.

“I was just trying to put a good at bat together. I had a couple rough at bats to begin the game,” said Fransoso. “I was just trying to put it in play and get the guy behind me up to the plate. It just worked out that I got a 3-2 count and the runners were moving. It was a tough at bat and we all had a couple of those today.”

The Bees broke the scoreless tie in the top of the seventh inning on a sacrifice fly by Reid Brignac.

Nate Roe (3-0) picked up the win, allowing a run on two hits and two strikeouts in an inning pitched. Patriots starter Rick Teasley went six scoreless innings, scattering three hits and striking out six batters in a no decision. Dustin Antolin earned his third save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning.

Mark Hamburger (4-4) suffered the loss, carrying a no hitter into the seventh inning before Danny Dorn broke it up with a single to the right side. Hamburger allowed two runs on three hits and six strikeouts in seven innings.

The 2018 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford will continue on the road until Friday, June 22nd when the Patriots return to TD Bank Ballpark for a 7:05 pm game against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs. The game includes 3-Piece BBQ Sets and Fireworks presented by 22 West Tap & Grill. For tickets, visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

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Today’s Game Preview: Sunday, June 17th

Today’s Game:

Somerset Patriots (26-19) vs. New Britain Bees (21-25)
Game #46 * Sunday, June 17 * 1:05 pm * TD Bank Ballpark * Bridgewater, NJ
On The Air: 1450 WCTC; WCTCam.com Twitter: @SOMPatriots @MarcSchwartz26 @8oyle
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) NB def. SOM 7-5; Kyle Roller 1st HR at home this year; Patriots bullpen concedes 5-3 lead in 8th
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 6.17.18

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 nine of his last 10 games. He is 8-for-26 (.306) with two home runs, seven runs and eight RBI over this stretch. That includes seven RBI in his last six games.
ME AND JULIO: OF Julio Borbon has reached base safely in 17 of his last 18 games and is 28-for-89 (.315) with a HR, 13 RBI, eight SB and 16 runs over his last 22 games. He’s hit safely in 25 of his last 30 games, leads the league in doubles (15), is tied for second in XBH (20), and ranks t-ninth in SLG (.472).
NO RELATION TO ROGER: Danny Dorn has hit safely in 14 of his last 15 games. He is 20-for-51 (.392) with a home run and 17 RBI and has raised his AVG from .225 to .295 over this stretch.
RIORDAN ROARIN’: RHP Cory Riordan picked up a no-decision after allowing three runs with eight Ks in Saturday’s game vs. the Bees. He leads the league in IP (56.1), is second in K (44), fourth in BB/9 (1.28) and seventh in ERA (3.20).
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 21 games. He currently ranks second in the league in OBP (.425) and seventh in AVG (.317).
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 4-2 advantage in 2018.
FOR YOU, DAD: The Patriots have dominated on Father’s Day in recent memory. Over the last four years, the Patriots are undefeated on the third Sunday in June, while outscoring their opponents 25-13. They are 7-1 on Father’s Day since 2010, and today will mark the ninth consecutive home game on this day.
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