Today’s Game Preview: Sunday, June 11th


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Somerset Patriots (29-20) @ New Britain Bees (17-31)

Game #50 * Sunday, June 11th * 1:35 pm ET * New Britain Stadium * New Britain, Connecticut

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

Series at a Glance

Friday (6:35 pm) SOM defeats NB 12-7; A seven-run first, five-run ninth and a season-high 16 hits leads to win
Saturday (6:35 pm) NB defeats SOM 6-1; Kyle Simon 8.1 IP, 1 ER, 8 H, 0 BB, 5 K; Kyle Roller first HR in 2017
Sunday (1:35 pm) SOM [RHP] Mitch Atkins (4-3, 3.90 ERA) vs NB [RHP] Eric Fornataro (0-2, 7.30 ERA)

Click here to read the complete game notes: GameNotes611

PROMOTION-A-PALOOZA: 2016 LHP Nik Turley was promoted to the Minnesota Twins on 6/10, marking the 19th Patriot to make it to MLB after playing for Somerset. He also marks the third such player to earn his promotion this year (Chris Marrero, SFG and Tyler Cloyd, SEA), tying a team-record set back in 2008.

BACK TO THE BIG LEAGUES: Former Somerset RHP Tyler Cloyd had his contract selected on 6/2 from AAA-Tacoma by the Seattle Mariners. Cloyd was the 18th Patriot to make it to the majors after playing for Somerset. He last pitched for the Patriots on 5/6 and had his contract purchased on 5/10. It took 27 days for Cloyd to get called up to the big leagues after his last Patriot appearance.

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.

SANDS(TORM): Outfielder Jerry Sands had his contract purchased by the San Francisco Giants in early June. In his last days as a Patriot, he had reached base in 23-straight games, including a 10-game hit streak & consecutive multi-home run games (5/30 – 5/31). In that stretch, Sands was 33-84 (.393) w/ 11 HR, 34 RBI and 23 runs. Sands led the league in HR (13), RBI (45), R (32), XBH (27), 2B (14), TB (99), SLG (.688) & OPS (1.075) at this time his contract was purchased. His numbers continue to lead the league in HR, RBI, XBH, SLG and OPS.

RICK TEASLERGAARD: Since joining the Somerset rotation, Rick Teasley has worked into the eighth inning three times, including a 7.2 inning, one earned-run performance against the Bridgeport Bluefish on 6/7. The first-year Patriot now holds the second-best ERA (2.22) in the Atlantic League among qualified pitchers.

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YO-YO HOT: Yovan Gonzalez has reached base safely in 27 of the 30 games in which he has played this year, including hits in 12 of his last 14. Over those 14 games, Gonzalez is 18-52 (.346) with a home run, five runs and seven RBI. He is 11 plate appearances (122, needs 133) short of qualifying among the league leaders in batting, but his .346 average would otherwise rank first.

SCOTTY DOES KNOW: Infielder Scott Kelly has recorded a hit in seven-straight and 25 of his last 29 games. Over that stretch, the fourth-year Patriot is 33-105 (.314) with 18 runs scored, 16 RBI, 13 SB and 12 walks.

JUST-IN TIME: OF Justin Pacchioli has reached base in 25 of his last 29 games – including a current eight-game hit streak – over which he is batting 34-90 (.378) w/ 14 RBI, 23 R & 16 SB. Pacchioli is just nine PA (124, needs 133) shy of qualifying among league leaders, but his .346 average would otherwise rank first.

TOP 20: All season long, the Somerset Patriots will be unveiling their Top 20 players in franchise history. Utilityman Elliot Ayala was just named the 13th greatest Patriot of all time. Follow along all season to find out who will join him!


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