Liberty Division Series: Game 2 Preview

Bridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots and the Long Island Ducks square off in the Liberty Division Series.
Liberty Division Schedule:
Game 1: PATRIOTS 7 Ducks 1. Mark Hamburger goes 7 innings and strikes out 7 for the win. Click For Recap!
Game 2: Thursday, September 21st at Long Island at 6:35 pm
Game 3: Friday September 22nd at TD Bank Ballpark at 7:05 pm- Post Game Fireworks Show!
Games 4 (If Necessary): Saturday, September 23rd at TD Bank Ballpark at 7:05 pm
Game 5 (If Necessary): Sunday, September 24th at TD Bank Ballpark at 5:05 pm
Pitching Probables:
Game 1: Patriots RHP Mark Hamburger (13-6, 3.56- 2017 Stats For St. Paul) vs. Ducks RHP John Brownell (10-5, 3.44)
Game 2: Patriots LHP Mike Antonini (2-1, 1.61) vs. Ducks RHP Matt Larkins (9-7, 3.69)
Game 3: Ducks LHP Jake Fisher (0-0, 2.76) vs. RHP Will Oliver (8-6, 4.78)
Games 4 Ducks RHP Jake Dunning (2-3, 3.64) vs. RHP Patrick Johnson (2-2, 4.76)
Game 5 TBD
Game 2 Preview:

Game 1 Recap:

Mark Hamburger (1-0) pitched seven strong innings, allowing just one run on eight hits and seven strikeouts on 118 pitches.
“We sat outside and tried to nibble away at the corners. We also didn’t go away from going right at them” said Hamburger. “[Starting catcher Yovan Gonzalez] just gave me really good signs and we just flowed well together.”

2017 Regular Season Series Head-To-Head: 9-11

1st Half Home: 4-2, Road: 2-5
2nd Half Home: 2-5, Road: 2-1
All-Time Series Head-To-Head: 172-173
All-Time Playoffs Head-To-Head: 8-8
All-Time Patriots vs. Ducks At Home: 89-81
All-Time Patriots vs. Ducks On Road: 83-92
Somerset Patriots Playoff History:
6 Atlantic League Championships:
2001, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2015
10 Division Championships:
1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2013, 2015
18 Half Championships:
1999, 2000 (2x), 2001 (2x), 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009 (2x), 2010, 2014 (2x), 2015 (2x), 2016, 2017
Wild Card: 2013
Playoff Records: 
Overall: 44-33
Division Series: 24-14
Championship Series: 21-19
Elimination Games: 11-7
Long Island Ducks Playoff History:
3 Atlantic League Championship:
2004, 2012, 2013
5 Division Championships:
2006, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016
12 Half Championships:
2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011 (2x), 2012, 2013, 2016, 2017
Wild Card: 2015
Playoff Records: 
Overall: 29-31
Division Series: 19-21
Championship Series: 10-10
Elimination Games: 11-8
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Hamburger and Rosario Lead Patriots To LDCS Game 1 Win

Game 1 Liberty Division Facebook ScoreCentral Islip, NY- The Somerset Patriots (1-0) defeated the Long Island Ducks (0-1) 7-1 at Bethpage Ballpark on Wednesday evening to take Game One of the Liberty Division Series.

Mark Hamburger (1-0) pitched seven strong innings, allowing just one run on eight hits and seven strikeouts on 118 pitches.

“We sat outside and tried to nibble away at the corners. We also didn’t go away from going right at them” said Hamburger. “[Starting catcher Yovan Gonzalez] just gave me really good signs and we just flowed well together.”

Offensively, Somerset was led by Olmo Rosario, who went 5-for-5 with two RBI. He got the Patriots on the board with an RBI single in a five-run third inning that also included an RBI base hit by Joe Maloney and three more runs on a pair of errors.

“When you feel good everything that happens is usually good,” said Rosario. “I didn’t try to do too much. I just wanted to see the ball and get a good swing on it.”

The Ducks lone run came in the top of the fourth inning on an RBI single by Anthony Vega to cut the lead to 5-1.

Rosario struck again in the top of sixth inning with an RBI single to centerfield. Kyle Roller followed with a base hit that put Somerset up 7-1, which would be the final.

Every Somerset starter had at least one hit in the game, with Alfredo Rodriguez and Tyler Bortnick each recording two singles. Rodriguez also added two runs in his 2-for-5 performance.

The Liberty Division Series continues in Central Islip on Thursday night when Somerset’s LHP Mike Antonini (2-1, 1.61 ERA) takes the mound against Long Island’s RHP Matt Larkins (9-7, 3.69 ERA) at 6:35 pm.

Game Three of the series is scheduled from Friday, September 22nd at TD Bank Ballpark with a Postgame Fireworks Show. For tickets, visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

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Liberty Division Series: Game 1 Preview

Bridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots and the Long Island Ducks will square off in the Liberty Division Series beginning on Wednesday, September 20th. The five game series kicks off in Central Islip with a 6:35 pm game on Wednesday.
Liberty Division Schedule:
Game 1: Wednesday, September 20th at Long Island at 6:35 pm
Game 2: Thursday, September 21st at Long Island at 6:35 pm
Game 3: Friday September 22nd at TD Bank Ballpark at 7:05 pm- Post Game Fireworks Show!
Games 4 (If Necessary): Saturday, September 23rd at TD Bank Ballpark at 7:05 pm
Game 5 (If Necessary): Sunday, September 24th at TD Bank Ballpark at 5:05 pm
Pitching Probables:
Game 1: Patriots RHP Mark Hamburger (13-6, 3.56- 2017 Stats For St. Paul) vs. Ducks RHP John Brownell (10-5, 3.44)
Game 2: Patriots LHP Mike Antonini (2-1, 1.61) vs. Ducks RHP Matt Larkins (9-7, 3.69)
Game 3: Ducks LHP Jake Fisher (0-0, 2.76) vs. RHP Will Oliver (8-6, 4.78)
Games 4 Ducks RHP Jake Dunning (2-3, 3.64) vs. RHP Patrick Johnson (2-2, 4.76)
Game 5 TBD
Game 1 Preview:
2017 Series Head-To-Head: 9-11
1st Half Home: 4-2, Road: 2-5
2nd Half Home: 2-5, Road: 2-1
All-Time Series Head-To-Head: 172-173
All-Time Playoffs Head-To-Head: 7-8
All-Time Patriots vs. Ducks At Home: 89-81
All-Time Patriots vs. Ducks On Road: 83-92
Somerset Patriots Playoff History:
6 Atlantic League Championships:
2001, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2015
10 Division Championships:
1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2013, 2015
18 Half Championships:
1999, 2000 (2x), 2001 (2x), 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009 (2x), 2010, 2014 (2x), 2015 (2x), 2016, 2017
Wild Card: 2013
Playoff Records: 
Overall: 43-33
Division Series: 23-14
Championship Series: 21-19
Elimination Games: 11-7
Long Island Ducks Playoff History:
3 Atlantic League Championship:
2004, 2012, 2013
5 Division Championships:
2006, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016
12 Half Championships:
2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011 (2x), 2012, 2013, 2016, 2017
Wild Card: 2015
Playoff Records: 
Overall: 29-30
Division Series: 19-20
Championship Series: 10-10
Elimination Games: 11-8
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Somerset Caps Off Season With 19-Hit Victory

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Bridgeport, CT- The Somerset Patriots (32-37, 74-65) set a new season-high with 19 hits in a win over the Bridgeport Bluefish (36-34, 77-63) on the final day of the 2017 regular season.
Bridgeport opened up the scoring in the bottom of the first with a solo home run from second basemen Jose Cuevas (7).
Somerset responded in the top of the fourth inning with three base hits, including a Joe Maloney RBI single to tie the ballgame. The hit would be the first of Maloney’s tenure with the Patriots.
The Patriots’ bats came alive in a big way in the top of the sixth, plating four runs on five hits to jump out to a 5-1 lead. Kyle Roller forced a run home when he reached on an error, while Mark Minicozzi and D’Vontrey Richardson hit RBI singles. Yovan Gonzalez capped off the inning with an RBI sacrifice fly.
Somerset added a four-spot again in the ninth with an RBI double from Olmo Rosario and RBI singles from Kyle Roller and D’Vontrey Richardson.
Bridgeport scored one more in the ninth on a sacrifice fly from Jonathan Galvez, but Somerset would hold on for a 9-2 win.
Patrick Johnson (2-2) gives up one run over five innings to pick up the win. Ross Seaton (2-4) was responsible for the four-run sixth inning, taking the loss.
Somerset takes a few days off before the start of the 2017 post-season. The Patriots travel to Long Island to take on the Ducks for Game One of the Best-of-Five Series on Wednesday at Bethpage Ballpark.
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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For more information, please visit www.atlanticleague.com.
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Vidal Lifts Somerset To Victory

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Bridgeport, CT– The Somerset Patriots (31-37, 73-65) pieced together a 5-2 victory over the Bridgeport Bluefish (35-34, 76-63) on Saturday night, led by a four-RBI night from David Vidal.
Bridgeport struck first with an RBI triple by Andrew Lambo to score Welington Dotel for the game’s first run.
The Patriots answered in the third, tying the ball game on an RBI double from Aharon Eggleston. Later that inning, David Vidal put Somerset out in front with a bases-loaded, three-run double to make it a 4-1 game.
With Lucas Irvine on the mound, Bridgeport would chip away at the lead in the bottom of the fifth. Dotel drove in Luis Hernandez with a double to trim the deficit to 4-2.
Vidal struck again in the top of the eighth when he launched a solo home run (1) to left field to push the lead up to 5-2.
Lucas Irvine (9-4) earns the win after tossing five innings of two-run baseball. Matt Quintana (0-2) is handed the loss after giving up four runs (all earned) in just 3.1 innings on the mound. Dustin Antolin pitched a scoreless ninth to pick up the save (4).
Somerset returns on Sunday to take on the Bluefish for the final game of the 2017 regular season. Patrick Johnson (1-2) is set to face off with Manny Parra (3-4) in the rubber game of this three-game series at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard.
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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