Meet The Million Dollar Man Ted DiBiase At The July 15th Somerset Patriots Game

SPB-5028 Million Dollar Man FB 1200x900v2Bridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots have announced that WWE Hall of Famer “The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase will appear at the ballpark on Sunday, July 15th for the team’s 5:05 pm game against the Lancaster Barnstormers.

“The Million Dollar Man” will be on hand to meet fans and sign autographs during the game, with tickets starting at $11.50.

The Somerset Patriots will also be hosting a special Meet And Greet event with “The Million Dollar Man” in the Diamond Club for $75 that will allow fans to spend a little more time with DiBiase, take a picture, and receive one autograph item in addition to one brought in by participants of the experience. The Meet & Greet will take place in the Diamond Club on the suite level from 4:00 pm to 4:45 pm before DiBiase will be brought down on the field to throw out a ceremonial first pitch. The Diamond Club event includes food and beverages and a ticket to enjoy the game from this exclusive location.

DiBiase is regarded as one the greatest villains in pro wrestling history and came to prominence in the late 1980’s in feuds with Hulk Hogan and Randy “Macho Man” Savage. He briefly held the WWE World Heavyweight Championship belt in 1988 after purchasing it from Andre The Giant. The title was voided by the WWE and led to a tournament to crown a new champion in Wrestlemania IV. DiBiase made it to the championship match where he was defeated by Savage.

After failing to win the championship, DiBiase created the Million Dollar Championship, an unsanctioned title that featured a gold belt emblazoned with dollar signs made of diamonds.

DiBiase was a successful and well-respected wrestler who held 30 championship titles over his long professional career. He was the first North American Heavyweight Champion and a three-time Tag Team Champion.

He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2010 and continues with the WWE Legends program.

Tickets for the game and exclusive Meet and Greet can be purchased by stopping by the Ticket Office located at the ballpark, by calling (908) 252-0700 or online at www.somersetpatriots.com.

The 2018 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford is underway and features the team’s 20th Season at TD Bank Ballpark. For tickets, visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

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Patriots Walk Off With 14-Inning Win To Sweep Road Warriors

78FBFinalBridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots (3-0, 38-28) defeated the Road Warriors (0-3, 17-49) 2-1 in 14 innings at TD Bank Ballpark on Sunday evening.

With two-outs in the bottom of the 14th inning, Mike Fransoso hit a walk off infield single to second base to win the game for the Patriots.

“I was just trying to end the game any way I could,” said Fransoso. “He surprised me there with three fastballs that I didn’t see coming so I got myself in an 0-2 hole. I just tried to put the ball in play and get on base and luckily he missed it there.”

The Road Warriors broke the scoreless tie in the top of the fifth inning on a sacrifice fly by Alfredo Silverio.

The Patriots tied up the game in the bottom of the sixth inning on an RBI double by Kyle Roller.

Vince Molesky (3-1) picked up the win, allowing two hits and striking out three batters in two innings pitched. Raul Rivera-Alicea (2-8) suffered the loss, allowing a run on two hits in 2.2 innings pitched.

The 2018 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford will return home after the All-Star Break on Friday, July 13th with a 7:05 pm game against the Lancaster Barnstormers. The game features a Post Game Fireworks Show presented by Signify, home to Philips Lighting Brand. For tickets, visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

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Today’s Game Preview: Sunday, July 8th

Today’s Game:

Somerset Patriots (2-0, 37-28) vs. Road Warriors (0-2, 17-48)
Game #66 * Sunday, July 8th * 5:05 pm * TD Bank Ballpark * Bridgewater, NJ
On The Air: 1450 WCTC; WCTCam.com Twitter: @SOMPatriots @MarcSchwartz26 @8oyle
Series at a Glance
Friday (7:05 pm) SOM def. RW 5-1; Below 7 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 6 K; Massey 3-4, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, SB; Flores 2-3, BB in debut
Saturday (7:05 pm) SOM def. RW 2-0; Kyle Davies 7 shutout IP, extends scoreless streak to 19.1 IP; Flores RBI single
Sunday (5:05 pm) SOM [RHP] David Kubiak (4-1, 2.72 ERA) vs RW [RHP] Felix Baez (2-6, 5.93 ERA)
Click here to view today’s complete game note: GAME NOTES 7.8.18

1ST HALF LIBERTY DIVISION CHAMPIONS: The Patriots have clinched their 7th half division title under manager Brett Jodie and their league-record 19th half championship in franchise history. Somerset is now guaranteed a playoff spot.
HEY NOW, YOU’RE AN ALL-STAR: The Patriots had five players selected to represent the Liberty Division at the 2018 Atlantic League All-Star Game. Returning All-Stars LHP Duane Below and RHP Cory Riordan are joined by first-year All-Stars OF Julio Borbon, SS Alfredo Rodriguez and IF/OF Mike Fransoso.
KD TREY-ONE: Kyle Davies has been lights out in his last three starts, winning all three and combining for 18.2 shutout innings. During that stretch, he has allowed just 12 hits, six walks, and has 16 K. His ERA has gone from 5.00 to 2.96. He has now gone 19.1 consecutive innings without allowing a run.
HOT ROD: Alfredo Rodriguez has reached base safely in 18-straight games, with hits in 15 of 18. It’s the longest on-base streak on the team this year. He is 21-for-62 (.339) with eight runs and five RBI over this stretch.
SASSY MASSEY: IF Craig Massey has a hit in 12 of 14 and has reached base safely in 16 of last 18. He is 26-for-70 (.371) over this stretch. Massey is two PA shy of qualifying amongst league leaders (has 174 PA, needs 176), but his .448 OBP and .351 BA would otherwise lead the league and rank second, respectively.
NUMBAH ONE: Mike Fransoso has reached base safely in 12-straight games and 19 of his last 20 games. He is batting .381 (16-42) with four runs, five extra base hits, five walks and nine RBI his last 12 games. His .418 on-base percentage leads the league, while his .318 average ranks fourth.
QUITE THE INTRO: Ramon Flores has started his Somerset career by batting .571 (4-for-7) with an RBI and a walk over his first two games.
NEW SIGNING: Somerset announced the signing of 1B/3B Matt Oberste on 7/7. He went 1-for-4 in his debut against the Road Warriors that same day.
SPEEDY PACCHIOLI: Justin Pacchioli has six steals in seven July games, and is 14-for-14 in attempts this season. He finished fourth in the league last year (35).
STARTING TO SMASH: Kyle Roller has reached base safely in eight-straight games with three home runs, six runs scored and eight RBI over this stretch. He has six home runs and 13 RBI over his last 18 games.
INSANE DUANE: LHP Duane Below has allowed seven earned runs over his last 31.2 IP (1.99 ERA) and ranks third in the league in BAA (.213) and WHIP (1.03) and fourth in ERA (2.98). He has won four-straight decisions.
RIORDAN ROARIN’: RHP Cory Riordan leads the league in BB/9 (1.21), is tied for the lead in innings pitched (74.1), ranks fifth in K (57) and sixth in ERA (3.27). He has three 8+ strikeout games over his last five games. Riordan has struck out 31 batters against just three walks in 31 innings of work over this stretch.
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Kyle Davies Pitches Another Gem In Patriots Shutout Win

77FBFinalBridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots (2-0, 37-28) defeated the Road Warriors (0-2, 17-48) 2-0 before 6,905 fans at TD Bank Ballpark on Saturday evening.

Patriots starter Kyle Davies (3-3) pitched seven scoreless and struck out nine batters to earn his third straight win. With the seven scoreless, Davies extended his team season-high scoreless streak to 18.2 innings pitched.

“I think rhythm is everything. In pitching you always talk about timing and I’ve gotten better timing,” said Davies. “I’ve been getting my body in better positions to throw the ball and that translates to better command.”

The Patriots took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning on a sacrifice fly by Jermaine Curtis.

A Ramon Flores’ RBI single in the bottom of the fifth inning gave Somerset an insurance run and the 2-0 final.

Brandon Bargas (0-5) suffered the loss, allowing two earned runs on nine hits in five innings pitched. Ryan Kelly earned his 11th save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning.

The 2018 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford will continue at home on Sunday, July 8th with a 5:05 pm game against the Road Warriors. The game features Autograph Books (1st 1,500 Kids) presented by Give Kids The World. There will also be a pre-game kids baseball clinic on the field at 3:00 pm and $1.00 Hot Dogs. For tickets, visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

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Today’s Game Preview: Saturday, July 7th

Today’s Game:

Somerset Patriots (1-0, 36-28) vs. Road Warriors (0-1, 17-47)
Game #65 * Saturday, July 7th * 7:05 pm * TD Bank Ballpark * Bridgewater, NJ
On The Air: 1450 WCTC; WCTCam.com Twitter: @SOMPatriots @MarcSchwartz26 @8oyle
Series at a Glance
Friday (7:05 pm) SOM def. RW 5-1; Below 7 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 6 K; Massey 3-4, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, SB; Flores 2-3, BB in debut
Saturday (7:05 pm) SOM [RHP] Kyle Davies (2-3, 3.49 ERA) vs RW [LHP] Brandon Bargas (0-4, 6.92 ERA)
Sunday (5:05 pm) SOM [RHP] David Kubiak (4-1, 2.72 ERA) vs RW [RHP] Felix Baez (2-6, 5.93 ERA)
Click here to view today’s complete game note: GAME NOTES 7.7.18

FIRST PLACE BEST PLACE: Somerset has at least shared first place every day this season and finished the first half alone in first for 65-straight days. They have begun the second half tied for first place with the Ducks and the Bees.
1ST HALF LIBERTY DIVISION CHAMPIONS: The Patriots have clinched their 7th half division title under manager Brett Jodie. It marks the team’s Atlantic League-record 19th half championship in franchise history. Somerset is now guaranteed a spot in the postseason set to begin on Wednesday, Sept. 19th.
HEY NOW, YOU’RE AN ALL-STAR: The Patriots had five players selected to represent the Liberty Division at the 2018 Atlantic League All-Star Game. Returning All-Stars LHP Duane Below and RHP Cory Riordan are joined by first-year All-Stars OF Julio Borbon, SS Alfredo Rodriguez and IF/OF Mike Fransoso.
HOT ROD: Alfredo Rodriguez has reached base safely in 17-straight games, with hits in 14 of 17. It’s the longest on-base streak on the team  this year. He is 20-for-59 (.339) with eight runs and five RBI over this stretch.
SASSY MASSEY: IF Craig Massey has a hit in 11 of 13 and has reached base safely in 15 of last 17. He is 24-for-67 (.358) over this stretch. Massey is three PA shy of qualifying amongst league leaders (has 170 PA, needs 173), but his .441 OBP and .345 BA would otherwise lead the league and rank second, respectively.
NUMBAH ONE: Mike Fransoso has reached base safely in 11-straight games and 18 of his last 19 games. He is batting .368 (14-38) with four runs, four extra base hits, five walks and nine RBI his last 11 games. His .416 on-base percentage ranks third in the league, while his .314 average is tied for sixth.
STARTING TO SMASH: Kyle Roller has reached base safely in eight-straight games with three home runs, six runs scored and eight RBI over this stretch. He has six home runs and 13 RBI over his last 18 games.
INSANE DUANE: LHP Duane Below has allowed seven earned runs over his last 31.2 IP (1.99 ERA) and ranks third in the league in BAA (.213) and WHIP (1.03) and fourth in ERA (2.98). He has won four-straight decisions.
QUITE THE INTRO: Ramon Flores went 2-for-3 with a walk in his Somerset Patriots debut on 7/6. He reached base in each of his first three at-bats.
NEW SIGNING: Somerset announced the signing of 1B/3B Matt Oberste on 7/7. Oberste spent the first six years of his career in the New York Mets organization.
SPEEDY PACCHIOLI: Justin Pacchioli has five steals in six July games, and is 13-for-13 in attempts this season. He finished fourth in the league last year (35).
RIORDAN ROARIN’: RHP Cory Riordan leads the league in BB/9 (1.21), is tied for the lead in innings pitched (74.1), ranks fifth in K (57) and sixth in ERA (3.27). He has three 8+ strikeout games over his last five games. Riordan has struck out 31 batters against just three walks in 31 innings of work over this stretch.
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