Guzman’s Late Home Run Powers Patriots To Victory

816fbg2score graphic v1 vducksBridgewater, NJ-   The Somerset Patriots (19-19, 61-47) defeated the Long Island Ducks (23-16, 59-50) 7-5 in the night game of a day-night double header at TD Bank Ballpark on Wednesday.


Tied at 5-5 in the bottom of the eighth inning, Carlos Guzman smacked a go-ahead two-run home run (5) to give the Patriots a 7-5 win.


“I wanted to get a ball that I could drive,” said Guzman. “He was probably thinking that I was looking off-speed and came in with the pitch I was looking for, a fastball, and I didn’t try to do too much. I just tried to get the barrel to the ball and it went.”


Lew Ford put the Ducks up with a solo home run (8) in the top of the first inning.


Long Island added a run in the top of the sixth inning on an RBI single by Alex Burg.


Trailing 2-0, the Patriots rallied for four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Alfredo Rodriguez got the scoring started with an RBI double and Justin Trapp tied up the game with a sacrifice fly. Kyle Roller then launched a no-doubt home run (18) to right field and Olmo Rosario followed (5) with a solo shot for a 4-2 lead.


Mark Krauss cut Somerset’s lead to 4-3 with an RBI double in the top of the seventh inning.


Somerset answered in the bottom of the frame with an RBI single by Trapp for a 5-3 advantage.


The Ducks tied up the game in the top of the eighth inning on a two-run home run by Burg (10).


Ronnie Shaban (4-4) picked up the win with an inning of work.   Tyler Wilson (0-2) suffered loss, allowing two earned runs on two hits in an inning pitched. Dustin Molleken earned his second save with a scoreless ninth inning pitched.


The 2017 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford will continue at home on Thursday, August 17th with a 7:05 pm game against the Long Island Ducks. The game features a Post Game Fireworks Show presented by RWJBarnabas Health. For tickets, visit

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Ducks Power Past Patriots In Day Game Of Double Header

816fbscoreg1Bridgewater, NJ-   The Long Island Ducks (23-15, 59-49) defeated the Somerset Patriots (18-19, 60-47) 7-3 in the day game of a day-night double header at TD Bank Ballpark on Wednesday.


The Patriots took an early 1-0 lead on an error in the first inning.


The Ducks grabbed the lead in the top of the third inning on an RBI single by Angelo Songco and an RBI double by Elmer Reyes that made the score 2-1.


Long Island broke the game open in the top of the fifth inning on a grand slam by Giovanny Alfonzo (3) for a 6-1 advantage.


“We were playing with fire all day. From the first inning on when they had the bases loaded,” said Somerset Patriots manager Brett Jodie. “We really held them down and minimized for a long period of time, but then gave up the big blow and that was the difference.”


Carlos Guzman launched a two-run home run (4) in the bottom of the sixth inning to cut the lead to 6-3.


The Ducks added a run to the lead in the top of the seventh inning on a solo home run by Elmer Reyes (4) for the 7-3 final.


Matt Larkins (7-6) picked up the complete game win, striking out 12 batters and giving up three runs (two earned) on five hits over seven innings. A.J. Achter (2-1) suffered the loss, allowing two earned runs on four hits in two innings pitched.


The 2017 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford will continue at home on Thursday, August 17th with a 7:05 pm game against the Long Island Ducks. The game features a Post Game Fireworks Show presented by RWJBarnabas Health. For tickets, visit


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Today’s Game Preview: Wednesday, August 16th DAY

Somerset Patriots (18-18, 60-46) vs. Long Island Ducks (22-15, 58-49)

Game #107 * Wednesday, August 16th * 11:05 am ET * TD Bank Ballpark * Bridgewater, New Jersey

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Series at a Glance

Tuesday (7:05 pm) LI def SOM 3-2; Patriots place tying and winning run on base in the bottom of the 9th but fall short
Wednesday (11:05 am) SOM [RHP] Patrick Johnson (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs LI [RHP] Matt Larkins (6-6, 3.87 ERA)
Wednesday (7:05 pm) SOM [LHP] Efrain Nieves (2-3, 3.50 ERA) vs LI [RHP] John Brownell (8-3, 3.38 ERA)
Thursday (7:05 pm) SOM [RHP] Will Oliver (5-3, 5.09 ERA) vs LI [LHP] Rafael Perez (8-7, 4.42 ERA)

Click here to view today’s complete game notes: GameNotes816

CONGRATS ARE IN ORDER: 14 Patriots have had their contracts purchased in 2017: 10 by MLB organizations. LHPs Jeremy Bleich, Logan Darnell (twice) & Aaron Laffey along w/ RHPs Tyler Cloyd, Ryan Kelly, Vin Mazzaro, Mitch Atkins, OF Jerry Sands & INF Tyler Bortnick had their contracts’ purchased this season. LHP Rick Teasley (Taiwan), INF Olmo Rosario (twice, 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 20 hits away from 1,000 over his professional career (all levels). The second-year Patriot currently leads the team in hits (89), at-bats (347), games (91) and ranks 2nd in RBI (45).

ABOVE AVERAGE: Justin Pacchioli ranks third in the Atlantic League in steals (32), fifth in OBP (.391), seventh in runs (56) and ninth in batting (.299). Added, he has hit safely in 14 of 19 games and a run scored in 12 of his last 20.

KEEP THE GOOD TIMES ROLLIN’: Kyle Roller has reached base in 11 of his last 14 games (hits in 9-of-14). Over that stretch, Roller has five home runs and 17 RBI. Despite just 62 games this year, he is tied for fifth in the league in home runs (17), 10th in RBI (54) and would lead the league in SLG (.593) if qualified.

IT’S A TRAPP: Justin Trapp has reached base in six of seven games, including hits in 5-of-7. Over this stretch, Trapp is 10-for-25 (.400) with five BB, four 2B, eight RBI and seven runs. He has also reached base in 13 of his 17 starts.

OLMO BACK HOME: Olmo Rosario rejoined Somerset on 8/12 for his third stint with the team this year. He is 5-for-13 with three runs in his first three games back & has reached base safely in 9-of-10 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 10.1 innings in nine total appearances, striking out 15 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 Hold Off Late Patriots Rally To Open Series With 3-2 Win

8-15 FB ScoreBridgewater, NJ- The Long Island Ducks (22-15, 58-49) defeated the Somerset Patriots (18-17, 60-45) 3-2 at TD Bank Ballpark on Tuesday night.


The Ducks took an early 2-0 lead in the first inning on a home run by Mark Krauss (16).


A sacrifice fly by Carlos Guzman in the second inning cut the lead in half for Somerset.


Long Island plated another run on an error in the fifth inning for a 3-1 advantage.


The Patriots rallied for a run in the bottom of the ninth inning on a home run by Mark Minicozzi (4).


“I was hunting for a pitch. I got a slider that I was looking for and I didn’t miss it,” said Minicozzi. “It was a good start to the inning. We’ve been that way all year. It was the ninth inning and it’s never over with us.”


After Minicozzi’s homer, the Patriots continued to threaten. With the tying run on second base, and the winning run on first base, Alfredo Rodriguez launched a long fly ball to the warning track that was caught for the final out of the game.


Henderson Alvarez (2-1) picked up the win, allowing an earned run on three hits in five innings pitched. David Kubiak (5-10) suffered the loss, allowing three earned runs on five hits in five innings pitched. Amalio Diaz earned his tenth save of the season.


The 2017 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford will continue at home on Wednesday, August 16th with a Day-Night Double Header against the Long Island Ducks at 11:05 am and 7:05 pm. For tickets, visit

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The Somerset Patriots Add Pitcher Patrick Johnson

johnsonblogsBridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots have announced the signing of right-handed pitcher Patrick Johnson.


Johnson enters his first season with the Somerset Patriots and his first in the Atlantic League.


Johnson was originally drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 25th round of the 2011 MLB June Amateur Draft out of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He spent the first three seasons of his professional career with the Rockies organization, including time at High A-Modesto.


2017 was Johnson’s second consecutive season as a member of Miami Marlins farm system. He registered a 3.37 ERA in 31 games with AA-Jacksonville in 2016. He made an appearance with Miami’s Rookie Level affiliate this season.


In between pitching for the Colorado and Miami organizations, the Hickory, North Carolina native played for the Sioux City Explorers of the American Association from 2014-15.


Arguably the best season of Johnson’s career came in his 2015 campaign with Sioux City, where he led the American Association in wins with 15, ranked second in the league with 132 strikeouts, and third in the league with a 2.08 ERA.


As the ace of the staff, Johnson led the Explorers to the 2015 American Association Championship Series en route to being named the AA Pitcher of the Year.


Over the course of his seven-year professional career, Johnson has appeared in 165 games, including 85 starts, winning 41 games while striking out 556 batters over 569.0 career innings and owning a 3.32 ERA.


Johnson is expected to be activated for Wednesday’s double-header against the Long Island Ducks.


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


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