Patriots and Blue Crabs Split Doubleheader

Waldorf, Maryland –  The Somerset Patriots (20-21, 62-49) split Saturday’s single-admission doubleheader with the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (16-25, 55-56) at Regency Furniture Stadium. The Patriots took game one 3-1 before dropping game two 2-1.

Aharon Eggleston (3) opened the scoring in the top of the third inning with a leadoff solo home run to right field. Kyle Roller added an RBI fielder’s choice later in the inning to double Somerset’s lead to 2-0.  Final-819-game2-fb

Southern Maryland responded in the bottom of the third on a two-out Tucker Nathans RBI double to right-center field, trimming the deficit in half.

Somerset later added an insurance run on a Roller sacrifice fly in the top of the seventh inning to regain a two-run lead. Ronnie Shaban then tossed a one-two-three bottom of the seventh to close the door.

Lucas Irvine (8-3) allowed one run over six innings with six strikeouts to earn the win. Eric Fornataro (0-6) yielded two runs over three innings to take the loss. Shaban (10) worked a scoreless seventh for the save.

Game two featured every sense of the anticipated pitchers duel between the inter-division foes. The game remained scoreless until an Adam Donachie sacrifice fly broke the ice in the top of the fifth inning.

Somerset starter Mike Antonini carried a no-hitter into the bottom of the seventh. He was in search of becoming the first pitcher in Somerset Patriots hit to hold the opponent hitless. FINAL-819-fb2

“I knew we were three outs away from [a no-hitter], but it was still a one-run game, so I was just trying to get the leadoff guy out and take it from there,” said Antonini on his mindset going into his final inning on the mound. “My main goal was to throw strikes and get a win for the team. I just wanted to get three outs and help out our team.”

Antonini walked the leadoff batter Michael Snyder before Brian Bistagne came in to pinch run at first base. With Devon Rodriguez at the plate, the Blue Crabs put a hit-and-run in motion. Bistagne took off from first, drawing shortstop Alfredo Rodriguez towards the second-base bag. Southern Maryland’s Rodriguez then took advantage of the vacated shortstop spot, dribbling an otherwise-routine ground ball through the left side of the infield for the first Blue Crabs base hit.

Antoninii then exited the game for Dustin Molleken, who allowed a pair of RBI singles to Cory Vaughn and Ryan Wiggins to give Southern Maryland a 2-1 victory.

Despite the tough loss, Antonini was quick to give his teammates credit for his impressive start.

“Our defense was great. [Outfielder Justin] Trapp was unbelievable out there, and working with [catcher Adam Donachie] is like we have been working together for years. He knows the hitters in the league, and it has made me very comfortable on the mound.”

Cody Epply (2-4) earned the win with a scoreless inning of relief. Antonini (1-1) suffered the loss after he allowed two runs on one hit in six-plus innings of work. Blue Crabs starter Gaby Hernandez received a no-decision despite just one run allowed over five innings.

The Patriots and Blue Crabs conclude their three-game series Sunday afternoon. David Kubiak (5-10, 3.92 ERA) toes the rubber for Somerset against Blue Crabs righty Brian Grening (7-6, 3.43 ERA). First pitch at Regency Furniture Stadium is scheduled for 2:05 p.m.

Tickets to the 2017 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford, which includes the team’s 20th Anniversary, are on sale now. For more information, stop by the ballpark, call (908) 252-0700, or visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

About The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB)

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Today’s Game Preview: Saturday, August 19th

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Somerset Patriots (19-20, 61-48) @ Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (15-24, 54-55)

Games #110 and #111 * Saturday, August 19th * 5:05 pm ET * Regency Furniture Stadium * Waldorf, Maryland

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

Series at a Glance

Saturday (Game One, 5:05 pm) SOM [RHP] Lucas Irvine (7-3, 3.89 ERA) vs. SMD [RHP] Eric Fornataro (0-3, 6.50 ERA)
Saturday (Game Two) SOM [LHP] Mike Antonini (1-0, 0.52 ERA) vs. SMD [RHP] Gaby Hernandez (9-3, 2.86 ERA)
Sunday (2:05 pm) SOM [RHP] David Kubiak (5-10, 3.92 ERA) vs. SMD [RHP] Brian Grening (7-6, 3.43 ERA)

Click here for today’s complete game notes: GameNotes819

CONGRATS ARE IN ORDER: 15 Patriots have had their contracts purchased in 2017: 11 by MLB organizations. LHPs Jeremy Bleich, Logan Darnell (twice) & Aaron Laffey along w/ RHPs Tyler Cloyd, Ryan Kelly, Vin Mazzaro, Mitch Atkins, INF Tyler Bortnick & OFs Jerry Sands and Christian Marrero had theirs’ purchased this season. LHP Rick Teasley (Taiwan), INF Olmo Rosario (2X, Mexico) and RHP Scott McGregor (Taiwan) also had their contracts’ purchased earlier this season.

MERRY CLINCH-MAS: Having won the first half Liberty Division Championship, the Somerset Patriots have clinched a playoff berth and have now won an Atlantic League-record 18 half championships, including eight first-half championships.

COUNTDOWN TO 1,000: Carlos Guzman is currently just 17 hits away from 1,000 over his professional career (all levels). The second-year Patriot currently leads the team in hits (92), at-bats (357), games (94) and ranks 2nd in RBI (49).

ABOVE AVERAGE: Justin Pacchioli ranks T-fourth in the Atlantic League in steals (32), sixth in OBP (.384), eighth in runs (56) and 11th in batting (.291). Added, he has hit safely in 14 of 21 games and a run scored in 12 of his last 22.

KEEP THE GOOD TIMES ROLLIN’: Kyle Roller has reached base in 13 of his last 16 games (hits in 11-of-16). Over that stretch, Roller has six home runs and 19 RBI. Despite just 64 games this year, he ranks fifth in the league in home runs (18), 10th in RBI (56) and would lead the league in SLG (.609) if qualified.

IT’S A TRAPP: Justin Trapp has reached base in eight of 10 games, including hits in 7-of-10. Over this stretch, Trapp is 14-for-33 (.424) with five BB, five 2B, 11 RBI and eight runs. He has also reached base in 15 of his 20 starts.

OLMO BACK HOME: Olmo Rosario rejoined Somerset on 8/12 for his third stint with the team this year. He is 8-for-21 w/ a home run and six runs in his first six games back & has reached base in 12-of-13 games, dating back to his last stint.

ALL ANTOL-IN: RHP Dustin Antolin has yet to give up an earned run since joining the Patriots. The former Toronto Blue Jay has spanned 12.0 innings in 11 total appearances, striking out 18 batters compared to just one walk.

MAJOR LEAGUE BULLPEN: With the Keith Hessler signing, Somerset now has six relievers (Achter, Antolin, Below, Molleken and Newby) with service at the Major League level. Additionally, four of them (Achter, Antolin, Hessler and Molleken) appeared in the Majors during the 2016 season.

ANTONINI SHINES: LHP Mike Antonini has impressed over his first four starts in Somerset, yielding just one run over 17.0 IP (0.52 ERA). Additionally, he has allowed just one walk so far against 21 strikeouts, including a team-high 10 strikeouts in his last start (8/13). He has allowed just 10 base runners so far.

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Today’s Game Preview: Friday, August 18th

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Somerset Patriots (19-20, 61-48) @ Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (15-24, 54-55)

Game #110 * Friday, August 18th * 6:35 pm ET * Regency Furniture Stadium * Waldorf, Maryland

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

Series at a Glance

Friday (6:35 pm) SOM [RHP] Lucas Irvine (7-3, 3.89 ERA) vs SMD [RHP] Eric Fornataro (0-3, 6.50 ERA)
Saturday (6:35 pm) SOM [LHP] Mike Antonini (1-0, 0.52 ERA) vs SMD [RHP] Gaby Hernandez (9-3, 2.86 ERA)
Sunday (2:05 pm) SOM [RHP] David Kubiak (5-10, 3.92 ERA) vs SMD [RHP] Brian Grening (7-6, 3.43 ERA)

Click here for today’s complete game notes: GameNotes818

CONGRATS ARE IN ORDER: 15 Patriots have had their contracts purchased in 2017: 11 by MLB organizations. LHPs Jeremy Bleich, Logan Darnell (twice) & Aaron Laffey along w/ RHPs Tyler Cloyd, Ryan Kelly, Vin Mazzaro, Mitch Atkins, INF Tyler Bortnick & OFs Jerry Sands and Christian Marrero had theirs’ purchased this season. LHP Rick Teasley (Taiwan), INF Olmo Rosario (2X, Mexico) and RHP Scott McGregor (Taiwan) also had their contracts’ purchased earlier this season.

MERRY CLINCH-MAS: Having won the first half Liberty Division Championship, the Somerset Patriots have clinched a playoff berth and have now won an Atlantic League-record 18 half championships, including eight first-half championships.

COUNTDOWN TO 1,000: Carlos Guzman is currently just 17 hits away from 1,000 over his professional career (all levels). The second-year Patriot currently leads the team in hits (92), at-bats (357), games (94) and ranks 2nd in RBI (49).

ABOVE AVERAGE: Justin Pacchioli ranks T-third in the Atlantic League in steals (32), sixth in OBP (.384), eighth in runs (56) and 11th in batting (.291). Added, he has hit safely in 14 of 21 games and a run scored in 12 of his last 22.

KEEP THE GOOD TIMES ROLLIN’: Kyle Roller has reached base in 13 of his last 16 games (hits in 11-of-16). Over that stretch, Roller has six home runs and 19 RBI. Despite just 64 games this year, he ranks fifth in the league in home runs (18), 10th in RBI (56) and would lead the league in SLG (.609) if qualified.

IT’S A TRAPP: Justin Trapp has reached base in eight of 10 games, including hits in 7-of-10. Over this stretch, Trapp is 14-for-33 (.424) with five BB, five 2B, 11 RBI and eight runs. He has also reached base in 15 of his 20 starts.

OLMO BACK HOME: Olmo Rosario rejoined Somerset on 8/12 for his third stint with the team this year. He is 8-for-21 w/ a home run and six runs in his first six games back & has reached base in 12-of-13 games, dating back to his last stint.

ALL ANTOL-IN: RHP Dustin Antolin has yet to give up an earned run since joining the Patriots. The former Toronto Blue Jay has spanned 12.0 innings in 11 total appearances, striking out 18 batters compared to just one walk.

MAJOR LEAGUE BULLPEN: With the Keith Hessler signing, Somerset now has six relievers (Achter, Antolin, Below, Molleken and Newby) with service at the Major League level. Additionally, four of them (Achter, Antolin, Hessler and Molleken) appeared in the Majors during the 2016 season.

ANTONINI SHINES: LHP Mike Antonini has impressed over his first four starts in Somerset, yielding just one run over 17.0 IP (0.52 ERA). Additionally, he has allowed just one walk so far against 21 strikeouts, including a team-high 10 strikeouts in his last start (8/13). He has allowed just 10 base runners so far.

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

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Ducks Take Series Finale Over Patriots 5-4

817FBScoreBridgewater, NJ- The Long Island Ducks (24-16, 60-50) defeated the Somerset Patriots (19-20, 61-48) 5-4 at TD Bank Ballpark on Thursday night.

 

The Patriots took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning on RBI doubles by Justin Trapp and Kyle Roller.

 

Olmo Rosario came home on a balk to make the score 3-0 in favor of Somerset after four innings of play.

 

The Ducks jumped in front in the top of the fifth inning on an RBI single by Delta Cleary Jr. and a grand slam by Marc Krauss (17) for a 5-3 lead.

 

“I think [starting pitcher] Will [Oliver] just got beat by one of their better hitters,” said Somerset Patriots pitching coach Cory Domel. “He lost control a little bit that inning and just couldn’t finish it off. But he competed and I’m proud of him for it.”

 

Somerset cut the lead in the bottom of the sixth inning on a passed ball that allowed Roller to score.

 

The Patriots got the tying run to second base in the bottom of the ninth, but failed to bring him home.

 

Wanel Mesa (1-0) picked up the win, allowing three earned runs on three hits in two innings pitched. Oliver (5-4) suffered the loss, allowing five earned runs on five hits and eight strikeouts over 4.2 innings pitched. Amalio Diaz earned his 11th save of the season.

 

“Overall we were going up a good team that’s playing well right now. We fought, but the win just didn’t come up on the right end,” Domel added.

 

The 2017 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford will continue on the road until Friday, August 25th when the team returns to TD Bank Ballpark for a 7:05 pm game against the Bridgeport Bluefish. The game features a Post Game Fireworks Show presented by Hunterdon Healthcare. For tickets, visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

 

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Somerset Patriots Outfielder Christian Marrero’s Contract Purchased By Phillies

marrerophilliesfbBridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots have announced that outfielder Christian Marrero’s contract has been purchased by the Philadelphia Phillies. He is expected to report to Double-A.

 

In his first season with the Somerset Patriots and in the Atlantic League, Marrero was hitting .295 with 43 hits, 10 doubles, three home runs and 24 RBI in 41 games before having his contract purchased.

 

Marrero began the 2017 season with Quintana Roo of the Mexican League, where he hit seven home runs and drove in 23 RBI in 47 games.

 

The Florida native was originally drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 22nd round of the 2005 MLB June Amateur Draft out of Broward Community College. Marrero spent his first six seasons with the White Sox organization, working his way to AA-Birmingham.

 

Coming into this season, Marrero had service in the last eight seasons at either the AA or AAA level. This included time spent as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies, White Sox, Atlanta Braves, and Pittsburgh Pirates organizations.

 

His best season came in 2015 with Birmingham, where Marrero batted .282 with 13 home runs and 63 RBI. His standout season resulted in Marrero being named a 2015 Chicago White Sox Organizational All-Star as an outfielder. He continued his strong play into the post-season, earning All-Star honors again in the Southern League Playoffs.

 

Marrero owned a .273 career batting average with 163 home runs, 728 RBI and 609 runs scored in 1,323 career games before the 2017 season.

 

Marrero becomes the 11th Somerset Patriot to have his contract purchased by a Major League organization this season. Pitchers Logan Darnell (Tampa Bay Rays and Los Angeles Dodgers), Jeremy Bleich (Los Angeles Dodgers), Tyler Cloyd and Ryan Kelly (Seattle Mariners), Aaron Laffey (Arizona Diamondbacks), Vin Mazzaro (Cincinnati Reds), and Mitch Atkins (New York Mets), along with outfielder Jerry Sands (San Francisco Giants) and infielder Tyler Bortnick (Milwaukee Brewers) have all had their contracts purchased this season.

 

Tickets to the 2017 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford, which includes the team’s 20th Anniversary, are on sale now. For more information, stop by the ballpark, call (908) 252-0700, or 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 37 million fans have attended Atlantic League games and more than 800 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 to metropolitan markets serving nearly 15% of the US population.

 

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

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