Somerset Patriots Add OF/INF Dario Pizzano

Pizzano WebBridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots today announced that outfielder/infielder Dario Pizzano has been signed for the 2019 season.

Pizzano enters his first season with the Somerset Patriots and first in the Atlantic League. He began the 2019 season with the Binghamton Mets, where he had 37 hits and 15 RBI in 35 games played.

The 28-year-old spent the 2018 season in the Seattle Mariners organization with the Arkansas Travelers, hitting .285 with 11 homeruns and 59 RBI.

The former 15th round selection started his career with the Mariners, playing for seven seasons before signing with the New York Mets in 2019. His best season came in 2013 where he totaled 70 RBI and eight homeruns en route to a .311 batting average.

Pizzano has driven in 376 runs, to go along with 157 doubles and a .280 batting average over his eight seasons of professional baseball. His career numbers include 28 triples, 56 homeruns and a .429 slugging percentage.

His most notable accolades include being named a Mid-Season All-Star in 2013 and 2015 for the Clinton Lumberkings and the Jackson Generals respectively. He had a .308 batting average, 68 hits, four triples and 33 RBI in 58 games for the Generals that season.

Pizzano had a standout rookie year within the Mariners organization, as his .354 average between two teams helped earn him MILB.COM organization All-Star and Post-Season All-Star honors.

Pizzano has been activated for Wednesday night’s game against the Long Island Ducks.

The Somerset Patriots 2019 Season Presented by Ford is underway at TD Bank Ballpark. Stay up to date on all the team news online, on all of our social media platforms, and on our mobile app. For more information, visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

About the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB)
With eight teams in the Mid-Atlantic and Texas, the ALPB is a leader in baseball innovation and a player gateway to Major League Baseball. Through its exclusive partnership with MLB, the Atlantic League tests Major League Baseball rules and equipment initiatives. The Atlantic League has sent over 900 players to MLB organizations while drawing more than 40 million fans to its affordable, family-friendly ballparks throughout its 22-year history.

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

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Patriots Move Into First Place Tie With 5-2 Win Over Ducks

618OberholtzerWebRecapBridgewater, NJ – The Somerset Patriots (31-19) defeated the Long Island Ducks (31-19) 5-2 at TD Bank Ballpark on Tuesday evening. With the win, the Patriots have moved into a first place tie with the Ducks in the Liberty Division.

The Patriots took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning on a solo home run by Michael Crouse (4).

Somerset then tacked on three runs in the next inning. Will Kengor plated one with a double and Alfredo Rodriguez followed with a two-run single for a 4-0 advantage.

Edwin Espinal added an RBI double in the bottom of the fifth inning that made the score 5-0.

The Ducks rallied to get on the board in the top of the eighth inning on a two-run double by Ramon Cabrera that cut the lead to 5-2, which would end up being the final.

Brett Oberholtzer (4-1) gave up two runs on four hits and five strikeouts in 7.2 innings pitched for the win.

“I just try to go out there and compete the best I can,” said Oberholtzer. “My defense made some great plays behind me and that’s all you can really ask for.”

Jake Fisher (3-6) allowed five runs – four earned- on six hits in five innings pitched in a losing effort.

Mike Antonini came in for the ninth and earned his league-best 20th save of the season.

The 2019 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford will continue at home with a 7:05 pm game against the Long Island Ducks at TD Bank Ballpark on Wednesday, June 19th. The game Beach Balls (1st 1,500 Fans)/ Health Fair Night/ Baseball Bingo presented by RWJBarnabas Health. For tickets, stop by the box office located at TD Bank Ballpark, call (908) 252-0700, or visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

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Somerset Patriots Sign RHP Jonathan Cheshire

Bridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots have announced the signing of right-handed pitcher Jonathan Cheshire for the 2019 season. He is active for the Tuesday, June 18th game against the Long Island Ducks.

Cheshire enters his first season with the Somerset Patriots and first in the Atlantic League. The 24 year-old righty spent the first two-plus years of his professional career in the Toronto Blue Jays organization. Most recently, Cheshire split his 14 relief appearances in 2019 between High-A Dunedin (four appearances), Double-A New Hampshire (six appearances) and Triple-A Buffalo (four appearances). Cheshire618Blog

The Grand Rapids, Michigan native combined to post a 3-1 record with a 3.42 ERA and 15 strikeouts over 26.1 innings pitched across his combined 14 appearances this year. That includes a 2.16 ERA over 8.1 innings of work across his four appearances for Triple-A Buffalo. The side-arming righty also posted a 6-1 record with a 2.47 ERA and 45 strikeouts against 12 walks over 51.0 innings across 33 games (one start) with High-A Dunedin in 2018.

Cheshire carried a 2-0 record with a 1.48 ERA spread across 16 relief appearances between the Gulf-Coast Blue Jays and Rookie-level Bluefield in 2017 to begin his professional career.

The 6’1” reliever was originally a 36th round draft pick by the Blue Jays out of Davenport University in 2017. There, Cheshire still ranks as the program’s all-time saves leader (35), among ranking first all-time in appearances (126), strikeouts (224), and lowest opponent batting average (.224, minimum 150 IP). Cheshire also ranks second in program history in ERA (2.22, minimum 150 IP), walks/nine innings (1.91) and innings (254.1), and ranks fourth in wins (18).

He owns an 11-2 record with a 2.48 ERA over his three professional seasons.

The 2019 Somerset Patriots season presented by Ford continues at home through Thursday, June 20th with three games against the Long Island Ducks. For tickets, stop by the ticket office at TD Bank Ballpark, call us at (908) 252-0700 or visit us online at www.somersetpatriots.com.

About the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB)
With eight teams in the Mid-Atlantic and Texas, the ALPB is a leader in baseball innovation and a player gateway to Major League Baseball. Through its exclusive partnership with MLB, the Atlantic League tests Major League Baseball rules and equipment initiatives. The Atlantic League has sent over 900 players to MLB organizations while drawing more than 40 million fans to its affordable, family-friendly ballparks throughout its 22-year history.

For more information, please visit www.atlanticleague.com

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Somerset Patriots Enjoy 6 Straight 6,000+ Fan Attendances

6StraightAttendanceStoryWebBridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots have recently enjoyed a historic run of fan attendance at TD Bank Ballpark – the “Jewel of the Atlantic League.”

The Somerset Patriots welcomed six-straight crowds topping 6,000 fans, in a streak stretching from Friday, June 7th through Sunday, June 16th.

“It was a great stretch of games at the ballpark that continued to reinforce the love that our fans and community have for the Somerset Patriots 22 seasons since we were founded,” said Steve Kalafer, Chairman Emeritus of the team.
“We continue to demonstrate unprecedented real value to Central New Jersey residents and businesses, our marketing partners, and most importantly, our fans.”

The recent stretch of impressive above capacity attendances were highlighted by a season-high crowd of 8,205 fans on Saturday, June 15th. The combination of great weather, school coming to a close, Father’s Day weekend and postgame fireworks provided the perfect setting for a fun, affordable and safe night out for individuals, families, groups and sponsors.

“Seeing the generations of fans coming out on a beautiful weekend always brings a smile to our faces,” said Josh Kalafer, Co-Chairman of the Somerset Patriots. “It’s nice to have a place like our ballpark that families know they can come to close to home, enjoy their precious time together, and not break the bank. It’s something we are proud to provide as a family and organization.”

Somerset currently leads the Atlantic League in attendance by a considerable margin, averaging 5,743 fans over its 23 game days. In total, the Patriots have welcomed in over 130,000 fans to TD Bank Ballpark, where the seating capacity reads 6,100, so far this season.

Additionally, Somerset owns each of the top-six attended ballgames in the Atlantic League this season. That includes the big crowd last Saturday along with Friday, May 10th (6,919 fans), Saturday, May 11th (6,801), Sunday, June 9th (6,763), Friday, June 14th (6,601) and Friday, June 7th (6,581). The York Revolution drew 6,457 fans on Wednesday, May 22nd to rank as the seventh-most attended game in the league this year.

The Somerset Patriots strong attendance numbers have also been highlighted by memorable promotions. Groups, season ticket holders, sponsors and walk-up fans have flocked to the “Jewel of the Atlantic League” for a bevy of postgame fireworks shows, fun giveaways and celebrity appearances. Their experiences have then been heightened by the affordable family-friendly atmosphere, mouth-watering concessions, exhilarating on-field promotions and high-quality baseball on the field.

“It’s truly amazing how we continue to grow and serve our fans and community,” added Jonathan Kalafer, Co-Chairman of the Somerset Patriots. “Our staff has worked tirelessly on every detail to make sure we plan and execute all we strive to do at the ballpark. It’s been a great season so far on and off the field and I know there is a lot more in store this summer.”

There are plenty more opportunities to join in with the record-setting crowds with fireworks, fun promotions and exciting baseball continuing all-summer long in Bridgewater. Everything the Patriots have planned can be found on the promotions page of our website by clicking here.

The 2019 Somerset Patriots season presented by Ford continues at home through Thursday, June 20th with three games against the Long Island Ducks. For tickets, stop by the ticket office at TD Bank Ballpark, call us at (908) 252-0700 or visit us online at www.somersetpatriots.com.

About the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB)
With eight teams in the Mid-Atlantic and Texas, the ALPB is a leader in baseball innovation and a player gateway to Major League Baseball. Through its exclusive partnership with MLB, the Atlantic League tests Major League Baseball rules and equipment initiatives. The Atlantic League has sent over 900 players to MLB organizations while drawing more than 40 million fans to its affordable, family-friendly ballparks throughout its 22-year history.

For more information, please visit www.atlanticleague.com

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David Kubiak Throws Complete Game In Patriots 3-1 Win Over Blue Crabs

616KubiakWebBridgewater, NJ – David Kubiak (6-1) threw a complete game, two-hit gem to lead the Somerset Patriots (30-19) to a 3-1 win and series sweep of the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (16-35) before 6,289 fans at TD Bank Ballpark on Sunday afternoon.

“I was just throwing strikes,” said Kubiak. “That’s pretty much been my plan all year and it’s worked out. [Catcher Yovan Gonzalez] has done such a good job this year. I don’t have to think. He just puts it down and I throw it and its been working well.”

Kubiak struck out seven batters along the way, his one mistake came in the third inning when Josh McAdams hit a go-ahead solo home run (3) to break the scoreless tie.

Somerset tied up the game with a solo shot of their own by Michael Crouse (3) in the bottom of the fourth inning.

The score remained knotted up at 1-1 until the bottom of the seventh inning when Gonzalez gave the Patriots the lead with an RBI single.

Somerset then extended the lead with a run on a wild pitch that scored Scott Kelly in the bottom of the eighth inning for the 3-1 final.

James Dykstra (1-1) took the loss, allowing two runs- one earned- on three hits in two innings pitched.

The 2019 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford will continue at home with a 7:05 pm game against the Long Island Ducks at TD Bank Ballpark on Tuesday, June 18th. The game features Bark In The Park Night where fans can bring their dogs to the game. For tickets, stop by the box office located at TD Bank Ballpark, call (908) 252-0700, or visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

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