Today’s Game Preview: Tuesday, May 9th


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Somerset Patriots (12-5) @ Bridgeport Bluefish (9-8)

Game #18 * Tuesday, May 9 * 7:12 PM * The Ballpark at Harbor Yard * Bridgeport, CT

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

Series at a Glance

Tuesday (7:12) SOM [RHP] Mitch Atkins (2-1, 3.37 ERA) @ BPT [RHP] Tyler Badamo (0-1, 0.00)
Wednesday (12:00) SOM [RHP] David Kubiak (0-2, 4.90) @ BPT [RHP] Cory Riordan (1-1, 3.50)
Wednesday (DH Game 2)
SOM [LHP] Aaron Laffey (1-1, 2.64) @ BPT [RHP] Jonathan Albaladejo (2-0, 2.89)

Click here to read the complete game notes for today’s game: GameNotes59

2017 is Somerset’s 20th season as a franchise, an achievement that will be celebrated all season long. Having already won an Atlantic League-record six championships, the Patriots look looking to make it seven league titles in their 20th season of action.

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.

DODGER PIPELINE: Two Somerset Patriots have had their contracts purchased by Major League organizations in 2017. Left-handed pitchers Jeremy Bleich (April 29th) and Logan Darnell (May 9th) had their contracts purchased by the Los Angeles Dodgers; both reported directly to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

YO GONZA GONZA: Second-year Patriot Yovan Gonzalez has reached base safely in all 11 games he has played this season, including his current team-high seven-game hit streak. Gonzalez currently ranks third in the league in batting (.359), has two game-winning base hits and Patriots pitchers have a combined 2.18 ERA when pitching to him.

WALK THIS WAY: Through the first 17 games of the season, Somerset leads in the Atlantic League in walks as a team (68). Equally impressive, the Patriots have also struck out the least amount of times in the league (98). Bryan LaHair has drawn a walk in five of his last seven games and 10 of his 15 games of the year. He leads the league in walks (13).

DRAMA IN JERSEY: Four of the first 10 home games for the Somerset Patriots this season have gone into extra innings. Additionally, another game   (5/6 vs. York) was decided in the bottom of the ninth. Somerset has five wins in its last at-bat this year, including four walk-off wins at home.

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KYLER ON FYLER : Fourth-year Patriots reliever Kyler Newby has gotten off to a lights-out start to begin the season, tossing 6.1 scoreless innings in his first seven appearances. Additionally, Newby has not allowed a hit yet this year, yielded just one walk and has one of two saves for the team. He is one of three pitchers on the team yet to allow an earned run (Duane Below, Ronnie Shaban).

START ‘EM UP: Four of the five pitchers in the Somerset Patriots starting rotation have had service at the Major League level (Darnell, Atkins, Laffey and Cloyd). Lucas Irvine finished sixth in the Atlantic League in 2015 in ERA (3.41)

TOP 20: All season long, the Somerset Patriots will be unveiling their Top 20 players in franchise history. Infielder David Vidal was just named the 17th greatest Patriot of all time. Follow along all season to find out who will join him!


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