Somerset Patriots Lead League In Attendance During 20th Season At TD Bank Ballpark

Blogs- AttendanceBridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots had a lot to celebrate during the 2018 season, which marked the team’s 20th season at their home TD Bank Ballpark.

Despite one of the rainiest summers on record, fans still helped the Somerset Patriots top the Atlantic League in total (369,119) and average (5,127) attendance for the second straight year. It was also the third consecutive season the Somerset Patriots led in total attendance.

“The unbelievable support from our fans, partners, and the community is never something our organization or the Kalafer family takes for granted,” said Somerset Patriots chairman Steve Kalafer. “20 years in and we continue to grow and work every day to provide the very best experience at the ballpark and in everything that we do. We’re excited about the future and the next 20 years in Somerset County.”

Fans’ love for the team was fully on display when 8,143 spectators set a new Atlantic League Playoffs attendance record to cheer the Somerset Patriots in Game 3 of the Liberty Division Series. The fans helped the team rally from an 0-2 deficit in the series to force an exciting and deciding Game 5 at home.

Blogs- 7millionThe 7,000,000th fan in franchise history entered the ballpark on Thursday, July 26th, making the Somerset Patriots one of the fastest teams to reach the milestone throughout minor league baseball.

On Saturday, June 2nd, the Somerset Patriots celebrated the 20th Anniversary of TD Bank Ballpark with a special ceremony that brought together the people that helped make our home a possibility. Past and present elected officials, dignitaries, architects, builders, and other members of the community crucial to the ballpark’s existence were recognized for all their efforts.

There was also a lot to celebrate on the field. The season began with a walk-off win and ended with an exciting playoff series that went to a decisive Game 5. The Somerset Patriots won the Liberty Division First Half Championship, extending their Atlantic League record with 19 Half Titles. By doing so, the team advanced to their sixth straight postseason under manager Brett Jodie and their 15th in franchise history.

blogs- masseyInfielder Craig Massey won the league’s batting title, hitting .338 for the season. Another notable performance came from shortstop Alfredo Rodriguez, who was named the Somerset Patriots Team MVP and the 2018 Atlantic League All-Star Game MVP.

Pitcher Vince Molesky finished second in the league with a 2.65 ERA and reliever Mike Antonini led the bullpen with his miniscule 1.41 ERA.

On Wednesday, August 29th, the Somerset Patriots won their 1,500th game in franchise history, becoming the fastest and only team in the league to reach the milestone.

“We had a great group of guys this year that really wanted to win,” said Jodie. “You can say that most years, but you really saw it with this team. They battled together and became a tight-knit family. We were extremely close to getting it done. Winning championships is always the goal, and we fell short there, but I believe that it shouldn’t take away from the hard work the team put in each night to represent the organization and the fans the right way.”

Blogs- BleichThe 20th Somerset Patriot to make the Major Leagues after time with the club occurred on July 13th when left-handed pitcher Jeremy Bleich was called up to the Oakland A’s. Right-handed pitcher Scott Copeland, who the Patriots signed for spring training, had his contract purchased by the New York Mets before the Atlantic League season started and he was also called up to the majors.

As aligned with the organization’s mission each year, the Somerset Patriots were very active in the community, raising money for charities, donating tickets to various non-profits, and spreading important messages to children in the community.

Infielder and fan-favorite Scott Kelly appeared at dozens of schools teaching kids to make smart choices and live healthy lifestyles by giving them a simple plan to follow each day.

Blogs- Kelly“It starts with what you can do for yourself to help you on your way to success,” said Kelly. “It sometimes helps to hear these topics from somebody new. Eating healthy and exercising are the first steps. Making the right choices and being around the right people, as well as being good to others, can help you be the best version of yourself.”

The team also partnered with the NJEA during the school year and Somerset County Library Services and the Courier News/Home News Tribune/MyCentralJersey.Com in the summer to encourage reading. Over 10,000 children participated in the programs over the course of the year.

The Somerset Patriots also used the ballpark on special nights to recognize teachers of the year, most improved students, veterans, first responders, and local coaches.

Now comes the off-season and all the planning for the 2019 campaign, beginning in late April. The schedule is currently in the works and will be announced in the coming weeks.

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Ducks Win Game 5. Eliminate Patriots From Playoffs.

LDCSG5 FBFinalBridgewater, NJ- The Long Island Ducks (3-2) defeated the Somerset Patriots (2-3) 3-2 in ten innings in Game 5 of the Liberty Division Championship Series at TD Bank Ballpark on Sunday evening. With the win, the Ducks have won the Liberty Division Championship and will advance to the Atlantic League Championship.

The Ducks took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning on an RBI infield single by Rubi Silva.

Endy Chavez hit a two-run single in the bottom of the third inning to give the Patriots a 2-1 advantage.

David Washington tied up the game in the top of the fifth inning with a two-out RBI single to make the score 2-2.

The Patriots threatened in the bottom of the ninth inning, but ultimately stranded the winning run on second base.

Long Island then took the lead in the top of the tenth inning on an RBI single by Ramon Cabrera for the 3-2 final.

Francisco Rodriguez (1-0) picked up the win with a scoreless ninth inning. Logan Kensing (1-0) suffered the loss, allowing a run on three hits in an inning pitched. Matt Larkins earned the save, retiring the final three batters of the game.

Bobby Blevins pitched six strong innings, allowing two earned runs, in his return to Somerset in a no decision.

The Somerset Patriots will be back in action in the spring of 2019. Stay up to date on all the team news throughout the off-season online, on all of our social media platforms, and on our mobile app. For more information, visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

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Patriots Power Their Way To LDCS Game 4 Win And A Deciding Game 5

LDCSG4 FBFInalBridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots (2-2) hit three home runs to defeat the Long Island Ducks (2-2) 5-3 in Game 4 of the Liberty Division Championship Series at TD Bank Ballpark on Saturday evening. With the win, the Patriots have evened up the best-of-five playoff series 2-2 and forced a deciding Game 5 at home tomorrow at 5:05 pm.

The Patriots took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning on an RBI single by Ramon Flores.

Craig Massey (1) and Endy Chavez (1) extended Somerset’s lead with home runs in the bottom of the third inning for a 3-0 advantage.

The Ducks answered on a Daniel Fields home run (1) in the top of the fifth inning to make it a 3-1 ballgame.

A Rubi Silva home run (1) in the top of the sixth inning cut Somerset’s lead to 3-2.

The Patriots answered in the bottom of the frame on a clutch two-run home run by Mike Fransoso (1) that gave Somerset a 5-2 lead.

“It was nice. It was in a big situation so I was glad that I could come up there and help the team to put a couple runs on the board,” said Fransoso. “Numbers mean nothing when you get here. It’s just all about wins. If we can come away with a win, I’m happy and the guys have been playing real well the last few days.”

Taylor Ard drove in a run with an RBI double in the top of the ninth inning for the 5-3 final.

Rick Teasley (1-0) picked up the win, giving up a run on six hits and six strikeouts in five innings pitched. Lorenzo Barcelo (0-1) suffered the loss, allowing five earned runs on nine hits and five strikeouts in six innings pitched. Ryan Kelly gave up a run, but earned his first save of the postseason.
The 2018 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford will continue at home with a deciding Game 5 of the Liberty Division Championship Series on Sunday, September 23rd at 5:05 pm. For tickets, visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

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Patriots Battle Back Into LDCS With Big Win Before Record Crowd

LDCS G3 FBFinalBridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots (1-2) defeated the Long Island Ducks (2-1) 8-4 in Game 3 of the Liberty Division Championship Series before an Atlantic League Playoff record 8,143 fans at TD Bank Ballpark on Friday evening. The Patriots cut the Ducks lead to 2-1 in the best-of-five playoff series.

The Ducks took an early 2-0 lead when David Washington struck again, hitting his third home run of the series in the top of the fourth inning.

A Jayce Boyd RBI double in the next inning got the Patriots on the board and shrunk the deficit to 2-1.

Long Island answered with a run in the top of the sixth inning on an RBI double by Taylor Ard that made the score 3-1.

The Patriots jumped in front with a four-run bottom of the sixth inning. Mike Fransoso started the scoring with an RBI double, Yovan Gonzalez followed with an RBI single, and Endy Chavez plated a run on a fielder’s choice. Boyd then drove home another run on a base hit to left field for a 5-3 advantage.

The Ducks got one back in the top of the seventh inning on an RBI single by Daniel Fields to make it a 5-4 ballgame.

The Patriots broke the game open on a three-run double by Chavez in the bottom of the frame for an 8-4 lead that would ultimately be the final score.

“We needed it. We knew if we didn’t win, we wouldn’t be playing tomorrow,” said Chavez, who finished the game with four RBI. “That was fun. The team played very hard throughout and we never gave up. I like that challenge. I like the competition and that’s what we played for tonight.”

David Kubiak (1-0) picked up the win, allowing three runs on five hits and five strikeouts in six innings pitched. Jose Cuas (0-1) suffered the loss, allowing two unearned runs on two hits in 0.2 innings pitched.

The 2018 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford will continue at home with Game 4 of the Liberty Division Championship Series on Saturday, September 22nd at 7:05 pm. For tickets, visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

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Ducks Crush Patriots To Take 2-0 LDCS Lead

LDCS G2 FBFinalCentral Islip, NY- The Long Island Ducks (2-0) defeated the Somerset Patriots (0-2) 11-1 in Game 2 of the Liberty Division Championship Series at Bethpage Ballpark on Thursday evening to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five playoff series.

The Ducks took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning on an RBI single by Jordany Valdespin and a two-run single by Daniel Fields.

Long Island opened up the game with a five-run fifth inning, highlighted by a three-run home run by David Washington (1).

Somerset got on the board with a solo home run in the top of the seventh inning on a Mike Fransoso RBI single that made it an 8-1 ballgame.

David Washington answered for the Ducks in the bottom of the frame with his second three-run homer (2) of the game.

Jake Fisher (1-0) picked up the win, allowing a run on four hits in seven innings pitched. Stephen Perakslis (0-1) suffered the loss, allowing eight runs on 11 hits in 4.2 innings pitched.

The 2018 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford will continue at home with Game 3 of the Liberty Division Championship Series on Friday, September 21st at 7:05 pm. The game at TD Bank Ballpark will feature a Post Game Fireworks Show. For tickets, visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

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