Today’s Game Preview: Saturday, September 8th

Today’s Game:

Somerset Patriots (33-23, 68-51) vs. York Revolution (32-24, 64-55)
Game #120 * Saturday, September 8th * 7:05 pm * TD Bank Ballpark * Bridgewater, New Jersey
On The Air: 1450 WCTC; WCTCam.com; SPN.tv Twitter: @SOMPatriots @MarcSchwartz26 @8oyle
Series at a Glance
Friday (7:05 pm) YRK def. SOM 2-0; Boyd 3-4; Coronado 2-4; Patriots had bases loaded with 0 outs in 9th inning
Saturday (7:05 pm) SOM [LHP] Rick Teasley (4-4, 3.60 ERA) vs. YRK [RHP] Mitch Atkins (12-6, 3.74 ERA)
Sunday (1:05 pm) SOM [LHP] Duane Below (8-6, 4.07 ERA) vs. YRK [LHP] Robert Carson (10-6, 3.51 ERA)
Click here to view today’s complete game note: GAME NOTES 9.8.18

1ST HALF LIBERTY DIVISION CHAMPIONS: Somerset have clinched their 7th half division title under manager Brett Jodie and their league-record 19th half championship in franchise history and is now guaranteed a playoff spot. Somerset spent the first 108-straight days of the season atop the Liberty Division.
BOY OH BOYD: Jayce Boyd has reached base in 19-straight games, hitting .364 (28-for-77) with four home runs, six walks, 14 runs scored and 17 RBI.  His batting average has raised from .175 to .299 over this stretch. Additionally, Boyd is riding an 11-game hit streak (19-for-45, .422) with a run scored in eight of these 11 games (10 runs total) and an RBI in nine of the 11 (15 RBI total).
AGE JUST A NUMBER: The 40-year-old Endy Chavez has reached base in 36 of the last 41 games. He is 53-for-162 (.327) with 14 multi-hit games over this stretch. He is also batting .364 with seven RBI over his last six games.
PATCH ‘EM UP: Justin Pacchioli has reached base in eight-straight games and 12 of his last 13. The second-year Patriot has two RBI, four steals, six runs and 10 walks over this stretch. He has drawn a walk in eight of his last 11 games.
FLORES IS FLOURISHING: Ramon Flores is hitting .339 (20-for-59) in the last 15 games with a home run, four walks, five runs and 12 RBI. He has hit safely in eight of his last 10 games and has reached base safely in 14 of his last 16.
PERKALATING: Even in the loss on Friday, Stephen Perakslis has yielded just three runs over 17 IP with a 16/3 K/BB in last three starts. Since yielding three runs in the first inning on 8/19 vs. York, the righty has allowed three runs over his last 21 innings (1.29 ERA) on just 15 hits and three walks with 24 strikeouts.
inVINCEable: Vince Molesky has a 1.78 ERA (12 earned runs over 60.2 IP) with 12 walks to 46 strikeouts in his nine starts this year. His 2.67 ERA ranks second in the Atlantic League, and he has allowed the fifth fewest amount of hits (103).
SHUT THE DOOR: Ryan Kelly has allowed one run with 13 saves over 20.2 IP in his last 21 appearances (0.44 ERA). He is tied for 4th in the league with 22 saves.
JUST A HU(N)CH: Chase Huchingson has only allowed just two earned runs since the beginning of August. He owns a 1.23 ERA (two ER over 14.2 IP) over this stretch with a 14/6 K/BB ratio, lowering his ERA from 4.71 to 3.53.
LIKE MIKE: LHP Mike Antonini has tossed 28.2 IP with just three earned runs (0.94 ERA), 16 hits, four walks, and 28 strikeouts since 6/16 (25 games). His 0.74 WHIP leads the league with a minimum of 40.0 innings pitched.
BIG MAPLE: The 6’4” Canadian Dustin Molleken has allowed just two earned runs in his last 14.1 IP, good for a 1.26 ERA over his last seven appearances.
CAN’T SEPARATE ‘EM: Over the last 12 years since York has joined the league, they have played to an identical record with the Patriots. Both teams have won 114 games against each other in the all-time series.
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The Revolution Shut Out Patriots 2-0

97FBFinalBridgewater, NJ- The York Revolution (32-24, 64-55) defeated the Somerset Patriots (33-23, 68-51) 2-0 at TD Bank Ballpark on Friday evening.

The Revolution broke the scoreless tie with a run in the top of the fourth inning on an RBI single by Isaias Tejeda.

York extended the lead on a solo home run by Ryan Dent (16) in the top of the fifth inning that made the score 2-0.

Logan Williamson (7-5) picked up the win with seven scoreless innings pitched, allowing four hits and recording six strikeouts. Stephen Perakslis (2-1) suffered the loss, allowing two earned runs on six hits in six innings pitched. Dustin Richardson got out of a bases loaded jam to earn his third save of the season.

Earlier in the day, the Patriots won the continuation of the suspended game from August 17th on a walk-off RBI single by Nate Coronado in the bottom of the 11th inning.

The 2018 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford will continue at home on Saturday, September 8th with a 7:05 pm game against the York Revolution. The game features Fireworks presented by Celularity and Irish Heritage Night. For tickets, visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

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Somerset Patriots Acquire And Sign Catcher John Nester

Nester BlogsBridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots have acquired catcher John Nester in a trade with the Wichita Wingnuts of the American Association for a player to be named later.

Nester enters his first season with the Somerset Patriots and the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. He has prior service in the Oakland Athletics and San Diego Padres organizations.

The Huntington, West Virginia native played in 92 games for Wichita this season and finished with a .269 average, 42 runs, 90 hits, 21 doubles, a triple, seven home runs and 50 RBI.

Nester had a strong season for the Wingnuts in 2015 where he hit .281 with 33 runs scored, 81 hits, 19 doubles, three triples, five home runs and 43 RBI.

Nester has 408 hits, 99 doubles, 25 home runs, and 189 RBI over 488 games played in his professional career.

He will be activated for Saturday night’s game against the York Revolution.

The 2018 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford is underway and features the team’s 20th Season at TD Bank Ballpark. The team has clinched a playoff spot already by winning the 2018 Liberty Division First Half Championship. The Playoffs begin at TD Bank Ballpark with Game 3 of the Liberty Division Series on Friday, September 21st. For tickets, 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 38 million fans have attended Atlantic League games and more than 900 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.

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

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Five-Run Fifth Leads Somerset To Series-Finale Win

Lancaster, Pennsylvania – The Somerset Patriots (32-22, 67-50) earned a series win over the Lancaster Barnstormers (28-24, 66-49) with an 8-4 victory at Clipper Magazine Stadium Thursday evening.

Somerset took an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Justin Pacchioli raced home from third on a passed ball to open the scoring before Nate Coronado added a two-out RBI single later in the inning. FINAL-96-fb

Ryan Casteel (14) got a run back for the Barnstormers in the bottom of the second on an opposite field solo home run to right. They later tied the game in the bottom of the fourth on a run-scoring wild pitch.

The Patriots answered to take the lead with a five-run fifth inning. Jayce Boyd provided the lead with a 3-2 RBI single. Ramon Flores followed with a two-run single before two run-scoring errors from Lancaster shortstop Stephen Perez increased Somerset’s lead to 7-2.

Rico Noel responded in the bottom of the sixth with a two-run double to bring the ‘Stormers back with three runs.

Coronado followed with a two-out RBI single in the top of the eight to provide an 8-4 Patriots’ advantage and top off the scoring.

Vince Molesky (7-2) earned the win after tossing five innings of two-run baseball. John Anderson (5-3) yielded six runs (four earned) over four-plus innings to suffer the loss.

The 2018 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford continues on Friday, September 7th when the Patriots return to TD Bank Ballpark for an 7:05 p.m. game against the York Revolution. The game will include a back-to-school folders giveaway, Fortnite Night and a postgame fireworks show. For tickets, 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 38 million fans have attended Atlantic League games and more than 900 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.

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

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Patriots And Barnstormers Split Doubleheader

Lancaster, Pennsylvania – The Somerset Patriots (31-22, 66-50) split Wednesday night’s doubleheader with the Lancaster Barnstormers (28-23, 66-48) at Clipper Magazine Stadium. Somerset took a thrilling game one 7-6, while Lancaster bounced back with a 3-2 win in game two.

The Barnstormers opened the scoring in game one in the bottom of the second inning. A Josh Bell RBI double to left field and a run-scoring hit-by-pitch to Rico Noel provided Lancaster with the early 2-0 lead. Blake Gailen (24) added a solo home run in the third inning to extend their lead to 3-0. FINAL-95-fb2 (1)

Somerset tied up the ballgame in the top of the fifth on a Mike Blanke RBI fielder’s choice, Craig Massey sac fly and an Endy Chavez two-out RBI single. Lancaster responded immediately with a pair of runs of two bases-loaded walks and an a Carlos Garcia RBI infield single to take a 6-3 lead.

That lead held until a Somerset four-run seventh-inning rally. The first three batters of the inning reached, topped off by a Massey RBI double. The next batter, Chavez, hit a run-scoring groundout to bring the Patriots within a run. Joyce Boyd (5) then launched a two-run home out to left field that propelled the Patriots ahead 7-6.

Ryan Kelly struck out the side in the bottom of the seventh to lock down the save.

Dustin Antolin (2-4) tossed a scoreless inning of relief to earn the win. Huascar Brazoban (2-4) yielded four runs over 0.1 innings of work to take the loss. Kelly earned his 22nd save of the year.

Somerset got ahead early in game two of the doubleheader. Nate Coronado put the Patriots in front with an RBI groundout in the first before Justin Trapp’s (7) solo home run to left field in the second doubled the lead.

Lancaster answered with a three-run bottom of the third to take the lead. Noel (2) led off the inning with a solo home run before a Bell two-run single put the Barnstormers in front.

Both teams were held off the scoreboard the rest of the way.

Brooks Hall (11-3) allowed two runs over five innings to earn the win. Kyle Davies (6-8) took the loss after yielding three runs over six innings. Kevin Munson (1) tossed a scoreless seventh inning to earn the save.

The Patriots and Barnstormers wrap up their three-game series Thursday night. Right-handed pitcher Vince Molesky (6-2, 2.63 ERA) takes the mound for Somerset against Lancaster southpaw John Anderson (5-2, 3.06 ERA). First pitch at Clipper Magazine Stadium is set for 7:00 p.m.

The 2018 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford continues on the road until Friday, September 7th when the Patriots return to TD Bank Ballpark for an 7:05 p.m. game against the York Revolution. The game will include a back-to-school folders giveaway, Fortnite Night and a postgame fireworks show. For tickets, 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 38 million fans have attended Atlantic League games and more than 900 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.

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

 

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