Long Island Ducks (2-4) @ Somerset Patriots (6-0)
Game #7 * Thursday, April 27 * 7:05 PM * TD Bank Ballpark * Somerset, NJ
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Today’s Complete Game Notes: GameNotes42717
Series at a Glance
Wednesday (Game One, 11:05) SOM defeats LI 2-1 (11); Carlos Guzman walk-off RBI single in the 11th
Wednesday (Game Two) SOM defeats LI 3-2 (10); three different late rallies, Tyler Bortnick scores on 10th-inning WP
Thursday (7:05) LI [LHP] Rafael Perez (0-0, 9.00 ERA) @ SOM [LHP] Logan Darnell (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
PLATINUM ANNIVERSARY: 2017 is Somerset’s 20th season as a franchise, an achievement that will be celebrated all season long. The Patriots are looking to win their 7th Atlantic League Championship in 20 seasons.
MAJOR EXPERIENCE: This year’s version of the Somerset Patriots features a whopping 11 players who have spent time on an MLB roster, as well as nine additional players who have service at the Triple-A level.
NOW WALK IT OUT, WALK IT OUT: Yovan Gonzalez welcomed in the 2017 season with a 10th-inning walk-off home run on Opening Day. Gonzalez hit two home runs over 80 games with Somerset in 2016.
CARDIAC PATS: Through the first six games of the season, Somerset has gone to extra innings three times, winning all three games with a walk-off. The Patriots had 11 walk-off wins in the regular season last year, and one additional walk-off win the postseason (Game 1, LDCS vs. Long Island)
START HOT, STAY HOT: The Somerset Patriots have won each of their first six games, sweeping the Lancaster Barnstormers. The team record for most consecutive wins to start a season is 13, set in 2016.
SPEED 4 DAYZ: The Somerset Patriots rank second in the Atlantic League in steals (7), including six stolen bases in game one of Saturday’ doubleheader vs. Lancaster. Darren Ford leads the team with 3 steals.
GOOSE EGGS FOR THE BULLPEN: Patriots relief pitchers enjoyed a stretch of 15.2 scoreless innings from 4/22 to the second game on 4/26, including yielding just one run in 13 innings of relief through the 4/26 doubleheader. Overall the bullpen has allowed just six earned runs in 26.2 innings of work.
THAT WAS CLASSIC: Returning in 2017 is pitcher Jeremy Bleich, who pitched for Team Israel in the 2017 World Baseball Classic. Bleich made three appearances for Israel in the tournament.
BACK AT THE HELM: The Somerset Patriots’ entire coaching staff remains intact from last season. Manager Brett Jodie enters his 5th season as Somerset’s skipper and 12th season on the coaching staff. Pitching Coach Cory Domel is also in his 5th season with the Patriots, while Hitting Coach Glen Barker enters his 2nd season. Volunteer Coach Fox Beyer is back for his 10th season with Somerset.
TOP 20: All season long, the Somerset Patriots will be unveiling their Top 20 players in franchise history. Three-year Somerset Patriots INF Corey Smith was just named the 19th greatest Somerset Patriot of all time. Follow along all season to find out who will join him!
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