Patriots Take Series Lead With 3-1 Win Over The Blasters

FontanaSwingingBridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots (5-4) defeated the New Jersey Blasters (4-5) 3-1 at TD Bank Ballpark on Friday night to take the lead in the SOMERSET Professional Baseball Series.

The Patriots took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning on an RBI single by Sean Guida.

Somerset extended the lead with RBI singles by Shayne Fontana and Adam Tricarico in the bottom of the sixth inning.

The Blasters got their lone run on an RBI groundout by Rob Calabrese in the top of the seventh inning for the 3-1 final.

Max Herrmann (1-0) picked up the win with 2.2 innings pitched. Vin Mazzaro (1-1) suffered the complete game loss after he allowed three runs- one earned- on six hits and six strikeouts in seven innings of work. James Pugliese earned his fourth save of the series.

The SOMERSET Professional Baseball Series presented by Ford will continue on Saturday, August 15th with a 7:05 pm game between the Somerset Patriots and the New Jersey Blasters at TD Bank Ballpark. This weekend’s games are presented by RWJBarnabas Health, the Official Health Care Provider of the Somerset Patriots. For more information, please visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

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Somerset Patriots To Celebrate Elvis With A Live Jim Barone Concert On The Field

Jim Barone Elvis FBBridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots will host Elvis: Thru The Years starring Jim Barone at TD Bank Ballpark on Sunday, September 20th at 5:00 pm.

The outdoor concert event will take place on the field at TD Bank Ballpark, with patrons allowed to bring lawn chairs or beach towels to sit on the grass in the outfield as Barone performs Elvis Presley classics through the iconic singer’s career in three sets (the 1950’s, 1960’s, and 1970’s) complete with costume changes.

Tickets for Elvis: Thru The Years are $15 and are now on sale at www.somersetpatriots.com/elvis.

Barone is an award-winning Elvis tribute artist and the man that brings Elvis Presley’s voice to life. His tribute spans the Presley catalog keeping true to the sound, passion, and style that encompassed Elvis as an entertainer. The result is a natural performance, without cliché, that embodies the soulful sensuality, the playful swagger, the humor, and the complete command of the audience.

At this point, the Somerset Patriots are allowed to have 500 people at the ballpark as per New Jersey’s guidelines for outdoor gatherings. Should guidelines change, the number of tickets will adjust to adhere to approved capacity.

Concession stands will be open featuring a limited menu. No outside food and beverages will be allowed.

For the safety of our staff and all patrons attending events inside TD Bank Ballpark, masks will be required upon entry to the ballpark and while walking around to restrooms, concessions, and other high traffic areas. Once you are seated on the field for the show you may remove your mask as we have ensured proper social distancing between seating areas.

More safety information and guidelines for the events are available on www.somersetpatriots.com.

The Somerset Patriots have brought professional baseball back to New Jersey from Friday, July 17th to Saturday, August 22nd. For more information about the Somerset Patriots and the SOMERSET Professional Baseball Series, please visit www.somersetpatriots.com, follow all of the team’s social media accounts, and download the Somerset Patriots Mobile App.

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Patriots Even Up Series With 3-1 Win Over The Blasters

Connor Justus SwingingBridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots (4-4) defeated the New Jersey Blasters (4-4) 3-1 at TD Bank Ballpark on Sunday night to even up the SOMERSET Professional Baseball Series.

The Patriots took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning on an RBI groundout by Adam Tricarico.

Connor Justus had the big hit of the game, a two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the fourth inning that put Somerset up 3-0.

The Blasters got their lone run in the top of the sixth inning on a Derek Romberg RBI double to right field that cut the lead to 3-1.

Billy Layne Jr. (1-0) picked up the win, as he allowed a run on a hit in 1.1 innings pitched. Alex Vargas (0-2) suffered the loss with three runs- two earned- on three hits in 3.2 innings pitched. James Pugliese earned his third save of the season after he recorded three strikeouts in 1.2 innings of work.

The SOMERSET Professional Baseball Series presented by Ford will continue on Friday, August 14th with a 7:05 pm game between the Somerset Patriots and the New Jersey Blasters at TD Bank Ballpark. This weekend’s games were presented by RWJBarnabas Health, the Official Health Care Provider of the Somerset Patriots. For more information, please visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

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Patriots Rally Late For Comeback Win Over Blasters

GuidaSocial88Bridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots (3-4) defeated the New Jersey Blasters (4-3) 4-3 at TD Bank Ballpark on Saturday night in the SOMERSET Professional Baseball Series.

Trailing 3-1 in the bottom of the sixth inning, the Patriots rallied for three runs to take the lead. Joey Rose started the scoring with an RBI double. Sean Guida later followed with an RBI fielder’s choice to tie the game, and an error on the play, gave Somerset the 4-3 advantage.

The Blasters took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning on an RBI double by Tommy McCarthy.

Luis Roman’s RBI double in the top of the third inning extended the Blasters lead to 2-0.

The Patriots cut the lead in half on an RBI groundout by Scott Kelly in the bottom of the fifth inning that made the score 2-1.

Nate Roe (2-0) earned the win after he allowed an unearned run and struck out two in an inning of work. Sean Keselica (0-1) suffered the loss, as he gave up three runs- two earned- on a hit in an inning pitched. James Pugliese retired the final batter of the game to earn his second save of the series.

The SOMERSET Professional Baseball Series presented by Ford will continue on Sunday, August 9th with a rescheduled 6:05 pm game between the Somerset Patriots and the New Jersey Blasters at TD Bank Ballpark. This weekend’s games are presented by RWJBarnabas Health, the Official Health Care Provider of the Somerset Patriots. For more information, please visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

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Brandon Leibrandt’s Journey To An MLB Shot

Leibrandt Feature SocialBridgewater, NJ – When Brandon Leibrandt joins the Miami Marlins organization, he will have taken a unique journey for a ballplayer to be within inches of the dream of reaching Major League Baseball.

With COVID-19 shutting down all of minor league and independent baseball seasons, Leibrandt took the chance to play in the SOMERSET Professional Baseball Series, a creation of the Somerset Patriots of the Atlantic League to bring baseball back to New Jersey. The league consists of two teams comprised of local players that are managed by the Somerset Patriots. The 13-game schedule all takes place at TD Bank Ballpark in Bridgewater, New Jersey. The combination of one site, and sticking to local players, was by design to help reduce the risk of COVID-19 spreading with travel from state to state.

“While our main focus of bringing professional baseball back to New Jersey was to honor our commitments to the community, it also serves as an opportunity for some truly talented players to showcase their abilities at a high level,” said Somerset Patriots President/General Manager Patrick McVerry.

Playing for the newly formed New Jersey Blasters in the series has led the former sixth-round pick of the Philadelphia Phillies to get a shot with Miami in 2020. The Marlins purchased the southpaw’s contract after he dominated through three starts in which he went 1-0 with a league-leading 0.75 ERA and 15 strikeouts over 12 innings pitched. In his final start for the Blasters, Leibrandt tossed five shutout innings and allowed just two hits with one walk and seven strikeouts for the win over the Patriots.

“It’s been two years since I pitched in a real game. With no baseball going on, I figured it was a good chance to at least get some innings in,” said Leibrandt. “I’m thankful that the Patriots put the series on. It felt great to be in front of fans and face live hitters again.”

The decision to take the field this season was influenced by his friend and former major leaguer Mark Leiter Jr., a member of the Somerset Patriots, who helped convince Leibrandt to give it a go. Living together in New Jersey for the series allowed both pitchers to push each other, stay in shape, and get their work done to be ready for the next opportunities available to them.

Leibrandt missed last season due to injury, but in 2018, he was 4-1 with a 1.42 ERA and 32 strikeouts over 50.2 innings pitched in 20 games for Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He seemed on track for an MLB call-up before the injury derailed him for the time.

“I just wanted to show I was healthy and myself again,” Leibrandt said. “I worked to fix some mechanics and have that feel where the ball is coming out good and trusting my pitches again.”

In 2017, Leibrandt split 25 appearances between Double-A (Reading) and Triple-A (Lehigh Valley) and combined for an 11-5 record, 3.62 ERA and 105 strikeouts in 136.2 innings pitched across 25 starts.

He joins the Marlins organization with an impressive 29-15 record, 2.88 ERA and 313 strikeouts over 400 innings pitched across 86 games in his minor league career.

He now has the chance to follow his father, left-handed pitcher Charlie Leibrandt, into an MLB career. The senior Leibrandt had a 14-year career in the “Big Leagues” with the Cincinnati Reds, Kansas City Royals and Atlanta Braves.

“It would be a dream come true,” added Leibrandt. “My dad had a great career and our stories have many similarities. He didn’t get called up until his late 20’s and has been a constant inspiration for me along the way. He was always there to throw and coach me. He’s been nothing but helpful throughout my career.”

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