Today’s Game Preview: Sunday, June 18th

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Somerset Patriots (34-21) vs York Revolution (21-34)

Game #56 * Sunday, June 18th * 1:05 pm ET * TD Bank Ballpark * Bridgewater, New Jersey

On The Air: WCTC-AM 1450; WCTCam.com Twitter: @SOMPatriots @MarcSchwartz26 @ChrisDrabik

Series at a Glance

Friday (7:05 pm) SOM def. YRK 3-2 (11 inn.); Scott Kelly walk-off RBI single in the 11th
Saturday (7:05 pm) SOM def. YRK 5-4; Atkins 8.1 IP, 4 R (3 ER), 0 BB, 8 K; Golson walk-off RBI single in the 9th
Sunday (1:05 pm) SOM [LHP] Rick Teasley (5-1, 2.26 ERA) vs. YRK [LHP] Frank Gailey (5-4, 4.89 ERA)

Click here to view today’s complete game notes: GameNotes618

PROMOTION-A-PALOOZA: 2017 has featured three different Somerset Patriots earning a promotion to Major League clubs, tying a franchise record set in 2008: OF Chris Marrero (SFG), RHP Tyler Cloyd (SEA) and LHP Nik Turley (MIN). Marrero played in 37 games here in 2015, Turley appeared in 10 games (8 GS) in 2016 and Cloyd made three starts with the Patriots in 2017, earning his call-up just 27 days after his last appearance in Somerset. There have been 19 Patriots to reach the majors after playing in Somerset: most in the Atlantic League.

CONGRATS ARE IN ORDER: Nine Patriots have had their contracts purchased in 2017; seven by MLB organizations. LHPs Jeremy Bleich, Logan Darnell & Aaron Laffey along with RHPs Tyler Cloyd, Ryan Kelly, Vin Mazzaro and outfielder Jerry Sands had their contracts purchased earlier this season. INF Olmo Rosario (Bravos de Leon, Mexican League) and RHP Scott McGregor (Taiwan Professional Baseball) also had their contracts purchased earlier this season.

RICK TEASLERGAARD: LHP Rick Teasley currently ranks second among qualified Atlantic League pitchers in ERA (2.27). The southpaw went 2-0 with a 0.75 ERA over 12 innings as a reliever to start the year (four games), compared to a 3-1 record with a 2.72 ERA over 39.2 innings as a starter (six games).

YO-YO HOT: Yovan Gonzalez has reached base safely in 32 of the 36 games in which he has played this year, including hits in 16 of his last 20. Over those 20 games, Gonzalez is 22-71 (.310) with a home run, seven runs and eight RBI. He is five plate appearances (144, needs 149) short of qualifying among the league leaders in batting, but his .325 average would otherwise rank third. Gonzalez also has been responsible for four of the eight walk-off wins for Somerset this year.

SCOTTY DOES KNOW: Infielder Scott Kelly has recorded a hit in 28 of his last 34 games, including a recently ended nine-game hit streak. Over that stretch, Kelly is 37-for-123 (.300) with 19 RBI, 20 runs scored, 16 SB and 15 walks, including an 11th-inning walk-off single on 6/16 against the York Revolution.

JUST-IN TIME: OF Justin Pacchioli has reached base in 28 of his last 33 games – including a recent eight-game hit streak – over which he is 38-for-107 (.355) w/ 16 RBI, 26 R & 17 SB. Pacchioli is just six PA (143, needs 149) shy of qualifying among league leaders, but his .331 average would otherwise rank third.

WALK IT OFF: Somerset has eight walk-off wins over its first 29 home games this season. Yovan Gonzalez has four of the eight, while Carlos Guzman (4/26), Tyler Bortnick (4/26), Scott Kelly (6/16) and Greg Golson (6/17) own the others.

GOING STREAKIN’: Tyler Bortnick had reached base safely in 20 of his last 21 games, including a 19-game streak ended on 6/15. Over this stretch, Bortnick is 23-for-69 (.333) with 10 runs scored and 11 RBI, raising his average from .268 to .299. His current .299 batting average ranks eighth in the Atlantic League.

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TOP 20: All season long, the Somerset Patriots will be unveiling their Top 20 players in franchise history. INF/OF Matt Hagan was just named the 12th greatest Patriot of all time. Follow along all season to find out who will join him!

 

 

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Greg Golson Delivers A Walk Off In Patriots 5-4 Win Over York

617fbscoreBridgewater, NJ-   For the second straight night the Somerset Patriots (34-21) defeated the York Revolution (21-34) in walk off fashion, winning 5-4 before 6,970 fans at TD Bank Ballpark on Saturday night.

 

With two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, Golson’s well-placed single past the third base bag scored Justin Pacchioli for the winning run.

 

“I was hitting the ball hard all game and they were making some good plays on me,” said Golson. “I just wanted to make sure I was swinging at strikes and didn’t try too hard in that at bat.”

 

Trailing 2-0 in the bottom of the seventh inning, Somerset rallied for four runs to take the lead. Tyler Bortnick got the Patriots on the board with an RBI double. Pacchioli followed suit with a two-run double and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Alfredo Rodriguez for a 4-2 advantage.

 

The Revolution tied up the game in the top of the ninth inning on an RBI base hit by Isaias Tejada and an RBI groundout by Michael Burgess.

 

York took the early 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning on a sacrifice fly by Luis Cruz. They extended their lead in the top of the sixth inning on a solo home run by Travis Witherspoon (3) that made the score 2-0.

 

Ronnie Shaban (2-1) got the win with 0.2 innings of work. Ricardo Gomez (0-1) suffered the loss, allowing the winning run on two hits in 0.2 innings. Mitch Atkins went 8.1 innings in a no decision.

 

The 2017 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford will continue at home on Sunday, June 18th with a 1:05 pm game against the York Revolution. The game includes a Father’s Day Celebration that features a Dad and Kids Catch on the field and T-Shirts (1st 2,000 Dads) presented by The Flemington Department Store.  For tickets, visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

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Today’s Game Preview: Saturday, June 17

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Somerset Patriots (33-21) vs York Revolution (21-33)

Game #55 * Saturday, June 17th * 7:05 pm ET * TD Bank Ballpark * Bridgewater, New Jersey

On The Air: SPN.tv; WCTC-AM 1450; WCTCam.com Twitter: @SOMPatriots @MarcSchwartz26 @ChrisDrabik

Series at a Glance

Friday (7:05 pm) SOM def. YRK 3-2 (11 inn.); Scott Kelly walk-off RBI single in the 11th
Saturday (7:05 pm) SOM [RHP] Mitch Atkins (4-3, 4.19 ERA) vs. YRK [RHP] Steve Janas (1-3, 5.19 ERA)
Sunday (1:05 pm) SOM [LHP] Rick Teasley (5-1, 2.26 ERA) vs. YRK [LHP] Frank Gailey (5-4, 4.89 ERA)

Click here to read today’s complete game notes: GameNotes617

PROMOTION-A-PALOOZA: 2017 has featured three different Somerset Patriots earning a promotion to Major League clubs, tying a franchise record set in 2008: OF Chris Marrero (SFG), RHP Tyler Cloyd (SEA) and LHP Nik Turley (MIN). Marrero played in 37 games here in 2015, Turley appeared in 10 games (8 GS) in 2016 and Cloyd made three starts with the Patriots in 2017, earning his call-up just 27 days after his last appearance in Somerset. There have been 19 Patriots to reach the majors after playing in Somerset: most in the Atlantic League.

CONGRATS ARE IN ORDER: Nine Patriots have had their contracts purchased in 2017; seven by MLB organizations. LHPs Jeremy Bleich, Logan Darnell & Aaron Laffey along with RHPs Tyler Cloyd, Ryan Kelly, Vin Mazzaro and outfielder Jerry Sands had their contracts purchased earlier this season. INF Olmo Rosario (Bravos de Leon, Mexican League) and RHP Scott McGregor (Taiwan Professional Baseball) also had their contracts purchased earlier this season.

RICK TEASLERGAARD: LHP Rick Teasley currently ranks second among qualified Atlantic League pitchers in ERA (2.27). The southpaw went 2-0 with a 0.75 ERA over 12 innings as a reliever to start the year (four games), compared to a 3-1 record with a 2.72 ERA over 39.2 innings as a starter (six games).

YO-YO HOT: Yovan Gonzalez has reached base safely in 31 of the 35 games in which he has played this year, including hits in 16 of his last 19. Over those 19 games, Gonzalez is 22-68 (.324) with a home run, seven runs and eight RBI. He is six plate appearances (140, needs 146) short of qualifying among the league leaders in batting, but his .333 average would otherwise rank third. Gonzalez also has been responsible for four of the seven walk-off wins for Somerset this year.

SCOTTY DOES KNOW: Infielder Scott Kelly has recorded a hit in 28 of his last 34 games, including a recently ended nine-game hit streak. Over that stretch, Kelly is 37-for-123 (.300) with 19 RBI, 20 runs scored, 16 SB and 15 walks, including an 11th-inning walk-off single on 6/16 against the York Revolution.

JUST-IN TIME: OF Justin Pacchioli has reached base in 27 of his last 32 games – including a recent eight-game hit streak – over which he is 36-for-103 (.350) w/ 14 RBI, 24 R & 16 SB. Pacchioli is just seven PA (139, needs 146) shy of qualifying among league leaders, but his .325 average would otherwise rank third.

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WALK IT OFF: Somerset has seven walk-off wins over its first 28 home games this season. Yovan Gonzalez was responsible for four of the seven wins, while Carlos Guzman (4/26), Tyler Bortnick (4/26) & Scott Kelly (6/16) own the others.

GOING STREAKIN’: Tyler Bortnick had reached base safely in 20 of his last 21 games, including a 19-game streak ended on 6/15. Over this stretch, Bortnick is 23-for-69 (.333) with 10 runs scored and 11 RBI, raising his average from .268 to .299. His current .299 batting average ranks eighth in the Atlantic League.

TOP 20: All season long, the Somerset Patriots will be unveiling their Top 20 players in franchise history. INF/OF Matt Hagan was just named the 12th greatest Patriot of all time. Follow along all season to find out who will join him!

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Scott Kelly’s Walk Off Single Leads Patriots To 11-Inning Win

616fbscoreBridgewater, NJ-   The Somerset Patriots (33-21) defeated the York Revolution (21-34) 3-2 on Scott Kelly’s walk off single in the 11th inning before 7,219 fans at TD Bank Ballpark on Friday night.

 

Tyler Bortnick led off the 11th inning with a single and Aharon Eggleston’s sacrifice bunt moved him to second and into scoring position. Kelly came up with two outs and laced a single to right field to plate Bortnick for the winning run.

 

“The opportunity came about and I was just trying to put a good swing on it and luckily the ball found a hole,” said Kelly. “It was an all-around great effort by everybody. We persevered.”

 

The Revolution took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning on a home run by Luis Cruz (2).

 

Somerset answered with a run in the bottom of the inning on a sacrifice fly by Mark Minicozzi to tie up the game.

 

The Patriots took the lead on an RBI groundout by Carlos Guzman in the bottom of the seventh inning.

 

York tied up the ballgame in the top of the ninth inning on a Carlos Triunfel RBI double that forced extra innings.

 

Logan Darnell (3-1) picked up the win with two scoreless innings pitched. Luke Westphal (1-3) suffered the loss, allowing a run in 0.2 innings pitched.

 

The 2017 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford will continue at home on Saturday, June 17th with a 7:05 pm game against the York Revolution. The game includes Fireworks presented by AT&T.  For tickets, visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

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The Somerset Patriots Sign OF/INF Christian Marrero

christianmarreroblogsBridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots have announced the signing of outfielder/infielder Christian Marrero.

 

Marrero enters his first season with the Somerset Patriots, as well as his first in the Atlantic League.

 

He began to 2017 season with Quintana Roo of the Mexican League, where he hit seven home runs and drove in 23 RBI in 47 games.

 

The Florida native was originally drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 22nd round of the 2005 MLB June Amateur Draft out of Broward Community College. Marrero spent his first six seasons with the Chicago White Sox organization working his way to AA-Birmingham.

 

Coming into this season, Marrero had service in the last eight seasons at either the AA or AAA level. This included time spent as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago White Sox, Atlanta Braves, and Pittsburgh Pirates organizations.

 

His best season came in 2015 with Birmingham, where Marrero batted .282 with 13 home runs and 63 RBI. His standout season resulted in Marrero being named a 2015 Chicago White Sox Organizational All-Star as an outfielder. He continued his strong play into the post-season, earning All-Star honors again in the Southern League Playoffs.

 

Marrero joins Somerset with several ties to Patriots of past and present. Christian is the older brother of former Patriots outfielder Chris Marrero. Chris was a 2016 Patriot who batted .311 with six home runs in 37 games with Somerset before having his contract purchased by the San Francisco Giants. Chris Marrero appeared in the Big Leagues with San Francisco at the start of the 2017 season.

 

Christian Marrero also played 27 games this season with current Patriot Greg Golson with Quintana Roo.

 

Over his 12-year career, Marrero owns a .273 career batting average with 163 home runs, 728 RBI and 609 runs scored in 1,323 career games.

 

Marrero is expected to be activated during this weekend’s series against the York Revolution.

 

Tickets to the 2017 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford, which includes the team’s 20th Anniversary, are on sale now. TD Bank Ballpark will be the host of the 2017 Atlantic League All-Star Game presented by RWJBarnabas Health and Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey on Wednesday, July 12th. For more information, stop by the ballpark, call (908) 252-0700, or visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

 

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