Somerset Patriots Infielder Carlos Guzman Named To League’s All-Defensive Team

Bridgewater, NJ- Somerset Patriots infielder Carlos Guzman has been named to the 2017 Atlantic League Red, White and Blue All-Defensive Team, the league announced Thursday. Guzman is the lone Patriot to make the team, and has been selected for his fine defensive season at first base.

The second-year Patriot finished second in the league in fielding percentage among first baseman (.997) with a minimum of 500 innings. He committed just two errors over 626 chances at first base. Additionally, Guzman finished third in the league in innings at first base (641.1) and put-outs (598). Only Travis Scott (Sugar Land) and Jon Griffin (New Britain) had more innings and chances at first base than Guzman; both of whom finished with at least five errors each. Guzman-Defense-Blog

Possibly most impressive about Guzman’s season is that it was his first as an everyday first baseman. Prior to playing 76 games at first base in 2017, the Brooklyn native had played just 26 games at first in his professional career. That includes eight games at first with the Patriots in 2016.

In addition to his time at first base this season, Guzman also made seven appearances at third base and played 22 games in the outfield. Overall, he yielded just four errors over 666 chances in the field in 2017, good for a .996 fielding percentage.

Guzman also enjoyed success from the plate this year as he led the team in games (120), at-bats (454), hits (113) and finished second on the team in RBI (56).

This marks the second-straight season in which a Somerset Patriot has made the Red, White and Blue All-Defensive team. Last year, outfielder Aharon Eggleston was also recognized as one of the best defensive players in the Atlantic League.

The Somerset Patriots recently completed their 20th Season Anniversary in which they led the Atlantic League in attendance and made their 14th appearance in the playoffs. The Somerset Patriots will welcome their 7,000,000th fan in their 20th season at TD Bank Ballpark in 2018. For more information about the 2018 season, please 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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Somerset Patriots Infielder Kyle Roller Named A 2017 Atlantic League Post-Season All-Star

Bridgewater, NJ- Somerset Patriots infielder Kyle Roller has been named a 2017 Atlantic League Post-Season All-Star, the league announced Tuesday. Roller was selected as the designated hitter for the post-season All-Star team through voting from club managers, executives and media.

Despite playing in only 90 games during the regular season, Roller led the Atlantic League in slugging percentage (.591), on-base percentage (.429) and OPS (1.020). The next closest player in slugging (Alonzo Harris, York) finished 61 points lower than Roller, while the next closest in on-base percentage (James Skelton, New Britain) finished 21 points lower. Roller-AS-Blog

Additionally, the former East Carolina University standout finished third in the league in batting (.326), sixth in home runs (22), tied-sixth in RBI (77) and tied-eighth in walks (55). Roller’s 61 runs scored were tied for the team-lead while his 102 hits ranked third on the team.

Roller enjoyed a historic night at TD Bank Ballpark on Wednesday, June 28th against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs. That night, the former New York Yankees’ draft pick went 5-for-5 from the plate with two home runs and became just the second Somerset Patriot ever to record a cycle (Orlando Miller, 2002). In addition, became the fourth Patriot all-time to tally eight RBI in a single game, tying the franchise record with Ryan Radmanovich (2008), Emiliano Escandon (2003) and Greg Blosser (2001).

The second-year Patriot notched a number of notable streaks during the season, including a 10-game stretch from June 25th through July 5th in which he went 18-for-36 (.500) with five home runs and 20 RBI. Roller also had a six-game stretch from July 29th through August 4th where he hit three home runs with nine RBI and a four-game stretch from September 3rd through September 7th in which he went 7-for-16 (.438) with three home runs, four runs scored and 10 RBI.

The Somerset Patriots recently completed their 20th Season Anniversary in which they led the Atlantic League in attendance and made their 14th appearance in the playoffs. The Somerset Patriots will welcome their 7,000,000th fan in their 20th season at TD Bank Ballpark in 2018. For more information about the 2018 season, please 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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Ducks Eliminate Patriots From The Playoffs With Game 4 Win

Game4 LDCS FB FinalBridgewater, NJ- The Long Island Ducks (3-1) defeated the Somerset Patriots (1-3) 4-3 at TD Bank Ballpark in Game Four of the Liberty Division Series. With the victory, the Ducks have won the Liberty Division Championship and will advance to the Atlantic League Championship Series against the York Revolution.

The Ducks regained the lead in the top of the ninth inning on an RBI fielder’s choice by Giovanny Alfonzo for the 4-3 final.

Trailing 3-1 in the bottom of the eighth inning, Carlos Guzman and Yovan Gonzalez each hit two-out RBI singles to tie up the game at 3-3.

“When you come here and play in Somerset, it’s all about fight and character and we showed that tonight,” said Guzman, who finished the game 2-for-4 with 2 RBI.

The Ducks took a 2-0 lead in the top of the third inning on an error and an RBI single by Giovanny Alfonzo.

Long Island added a run in the top of the sixth inning on an RBI double by Angelo Songco for a 3-0 advantage.

Somerset cut the lead to 3-1 in the bottom of the sixth inning on an infield RBI single by Guzman.

Amalio Diaz (1-0) picked up the win with a scoreless 1.1 innings pitched. Dustin Antolin (0-1) suffered the loss, allowing a run in 0.2 innings pitched.

The Somerset Patriots celebrated their 20th Season Anniversary during 2017. For more information and news about the team and the 2018 season, please visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

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Liberty Division Series: Game 4 Preview

Bridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots and the Long Island Ducks square off in the Liberty Division Series.
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Long Island Ducks Lead The Series: 2-1
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: Patriots 1 DUCKS 4. Alex Burg homered and Matt Larkins got the win to even up the series. Click For Recap!
Game 3: DUCKS 6 Patriots 1. Jake Fisher pitches a complete game to lead the Ducks to victory. Click For Recap!
Games 4: 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 4 Ducks RHP Jake Dunning (2-3, 3.64) vs. RHP Patrick Johnson (2-2, 4.76)
Game 5 TBD
Game 4 Preview:

 

Game 3 Recap:
The Ducks jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning on RBI base hits by Lew Ford and Marc Krauss, followed by an RBI fielder’s choice by Angelo Songco.
“I thought [starting pitcher Will Oliver] was throwing strike one tonight early. He just left some balls up and they took advantage of it,” said Somerset Patriots manager Brett Jodie. “He left the two-strike pitches up and they were able to do enough with them.”

Game 2 Recap:

The Ducks took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning on an RBI single by Lew Ford.
Long Island put up two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning on a wild pitch followed by an RBI single by Elmer Reyes that made the score 3-0.

 

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: 8-10
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: 44-35
Division Series: 24-16
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: 31-31
Division Series: 21-21
Championship Series: 10-10
Elimination Games: 11-8
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Ducks Take 2-1 Lead In Liberty Division Series Over Patriots

Game3LibertyFBScoreBridgewater, NJ- The Long Island Ducks (2-1) defeated the Somerset Patriots (1-2) 6-1 before an Atlantic League playoff record 8,131 fans at TD Bank Ballpark in Game Three of the Liberty Division Series. With the win, the Ducks have taken a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series.

The Ducks jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning on RBI base hits by Lew Ford and Marc Krauss, followed by an RBI fielder’s choice by Angelo Songco.

“I thought [starting pitcher Will Oliver] was throwing strike one tonight early. He just left some balls up and they took advantage of it,” said Somerset Patriots manager Brett Jodie. “He left the two-strike pitches up and they were able to do enough with them.”

Long Island extended the lead with two more runs in the top of the sixth inning on an RBI single by Dan Lyons and an RBI double by Giovanny Alonzo that made the score 5-0.

A solo home run by Anthony Vega (1) in the top of the eighth inning gave the Ducks a 6-0 advantage.

The Patriots lone run came on an RBI double in the bottom of the ninth inning by David Vidal that just missed clearing the fence for the 6-1 final.

Jake Fisher (1-0) picked up the complete game win, allowing a run on six hits and nine strikeouts. Will Oliver (0-1) suffered the loss, allowing five earned runs on ten hits in six innings pitched.

“We seemed to have a couple good at bats against Fisher. We just never could seem to push anything across and really didn’t threaten often. He did a great job. I really can’t take anything away from him,” Jodie added.

The Liberty Division Series continues at TD Bank Ballpark on Saturday evening with Game 4 at 7:05 pm. Pitching Probables are Ducks RHP Jake Dunning (2-3, 3.64 ERA) vs. Patriots RHP Patrick Johnson (2-2, 4.76 ERA). For tickets, visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

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