Somerset Patriots Sign LHP Zack Dodson

Bridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots have announced the signing of left-handed pitcher Zack Dodson for the 2019 season.

Dodson enters his first season with the Somerset Patriots and the Atlantic League. The Castroville, Texas native spent the first seven seasons of his professional career in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization before going on to pitch the next three seasons in the American Association. DodsonWeb

The southpaw made seven appearances for the Winnipeg Goldeyes (American Association) in 2018, while also spending time with Sultanes de Monterrey and Generales de Durango in the Mexican League.

His most notable year came in 2011, where he appeared in 13 games for Single-A West Virginia, claiming a 6-4 record along with a 2.57 ERA. Dodson also had service time for three seasons with Double-A Altoona (2013-’15).

Overall, the former fourth-round draft pick of the Pirates carries a 52-73 record, 4.40 ERA and 667 strikeouts in over 1,030 innings throughout his 10 seasons of professional baseball. He has started in 125 games and thrown for at least 100 innings six times in his career.

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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Somerset Patriots Land Former Met Chris Beck

Bridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots have announced that right-handed pitcher Chris Beck has been signed for the 2019 season. He spent the earlier portion of this season in the St. Louis Cardinals organization, where he appeared in 37 games out of the bullpen for the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds.

Beck enters his first season with the Somerset Patriots and the Atlantic League. The former second round pick of the Chicago White Sox in the 2010 MLB draft enjoyed four seasons of service at the Major League level, including 4.5 with the White Sox (2015-’18) and one with the New York Mets (’18). BeckWeb

Beck allowed four earned runs over six innings with three strikeouts in his major league debut on May 28, 2015. The Georgia Southern owns a 4-4 record with one save and 86 strikeouts over his 103 appearances in the Majors.

The 28-year-old exceeded his rookie limits during the 2017 season, where he pitched in 57 games out of the bullpen for the White Sox. Beck quickly moved up the ranks of the White Sox organization, with limited minor league service before getting promoted to the “Big Leagues.”

His shining season came in 2013, where he was named a mid-season All-Star with the Winston-Salem Dash, posting an 11-8 record, 3.11 ERA across 21 starts. Beck has experience in both the bullpen and in the starting rotation, starting 78 games and appearing in 163 games total across his eight seasons of professional baseball.

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 Rally Late For 5-2 Win

811EspinalWebBridgewater, New Jersey – The Somerset Patriots (11-19, 53-47) defeated the Sugar Land Skeeters (18-11, 53-46) 5-2 at TD Bank Ballpark on Sunday afternoon.

The Skeeters struck first with two runs in the top of the first inning on a passed ball and an RBI single by Denis Phipps.

An RBI groundout by Edwin Espinal in the bottom of the third inning cut the lead in half at 2-1.

The Patriots jumped in front with a four-run bottom of the seventh inning. The first run came home on a wild pitch before Espinal broke the tie with a two-run triple. Alfredo Rodriguez followed with an RBI double for a 5-2 advantage, which would be the final score.

“I was looking middle-away and I was able to put a good swing on it,” said Espinal, who finished 1-for-2 with a triple and three RBI. “ I think that was a good win for us and maybe it will help wake us up.”

Rick Teasley (4-1) picked up the win after he allowed two runs – one earned – on six hits and five strikeouts in seven innings pitched. Daniel Schlereth (2-1) took the loss after 0.2 innings pitched in which he gave up four runs- two earned- on three hits and two strikeouts. Luis Cruz earned his third save of the season with two scoreless innings pitched.

The 2019 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford will continue at home on Tuesday, August 13th with a 7:05 pm game against the Lancaster Barnstormers. The game features Star Wars Night with a game-worn jersey auction presented by The Beez Foundation. 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 Will Honor Veterans On Sunday, August 25th

SPB-5943 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 25th, 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 honor the Guards of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier with Sgt. Kevin Donovan as the keynote speaker. Donovan, a graduate of Immaculata High School, was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 3rd US Infantry, The Old Guard in the United States Army Infantry. He volunteered for duty at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in 1981 and completed his time in 1984. He earned the second rarest Military Badge, earning Badge #253, second only to the Astronaut Badge. He will be joined at the event by fellow Tomb Guards.

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 Marines from the Combat Logistics Battalion 25 of Red Bank.

There will be a military fly-over with World War II planes by pilots from The Jersey Jerks led by Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Russo joined by Dr. 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.

For the second 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 www.somersetpatriots.com.

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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Skeeters Powered To 10-2 Win Over Patriots

810CloydWebBridgewater, New Jersey – The Sugar Land Skeeters (18-10, 53-45) defeated the Somerset Patriots (10-19, 52-47) 10-2 before 6,930 fans at TD Bank Ballpark on Saturday evening.

The Skeeters jumped out to a big lead in the top of the first inning. Denis Phipps started the scoring with a two-run double, followed by an RBI base hit by D.J. Peterson. Zach Borenstein added another run on an RBI double before Albert Cordero’s two-run double made the score 6-0.

The Patriots got on the board in the bottom of the third inning on a sharp RBI single by Edwin Espinal to cut the lead to 6-1.

Sugar Land answered with back-to-back home runs in the top of the fourth inning by Anthony Giansanti (7) and Jason Martinson (13) for an 8-1 advantage.

A solo home run by Peterson (4) and an RBI double by Blair Beck in the top of the ninth inning made the score 10-1.

Alfredo Rodriguez drove in Michael Ohlman with an RBI groundout in the bottom of the ninth inning for the 10-2 final score.

Mike Hauschild (2-0) picked up the win after he allowed a run on six hits and six strikeouts in six innings pitched. Vince Molesky (3-3) suffered the loss with eight runs on 12 hits in five innings of work.

The 2019 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford will continue at home on Sunday, August 11th with a 5:05 pm game against the Sugar Land Skeeters. The game features a 30th Anniversary Celebration of the movie Major League featuring Corbin Bernsen presented by Toyota World of Clinton. 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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