Game #57 and #58 * Tuesday, June 2oth * 6:00 pm ET * Bethpage Ballpark * Central Islip, New York
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Series at a Glance
Tuesday (6:00 pm) SOM [RHP] Lucas Irvine (3-1, 4.28 ERA) vs LI [RHP] Henry Hirsch (0-1, 2.89 ERA)
Tuesday (DH Game 2) SOM [RHP] Will Oliver (2-0, 3.63 ERA) vs LI [RHP] Matt Larkins (2-5, 4.58 ERA)
Wednesday (6:35 pm) SOM [RHP] Jerome Williams (2-3, 5.40 ERA) vs LI [RHP] Alfredo Simon (0-1, 9.00 ERA)
Thursday (6:35) SOM [RHP] Mitch Atkins (4-3, 4.06 ERA) vs LI [RHP] Dennis O’Grady (2-3, 4.32 ERA)
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PROMOTION-A-PALOOZA: 2017 has featured three different Somerset Patriots earning a promotion to Major League clubs, tying a franchise record set in 2008: OF Chris Marrero (SFG), RHP Tyler Cloyd (SEA) and LHP Nik Turley (MIN). Marrero played in 37 games here in 2015, Turley appeared in 10 games (8 GS) in 2016 and Cloyd made three starts with the Patriots in 2017, earning his call-up just 27 days after his last appearance in Somerset. There have been 19 Patriots to reach the majors after playing in Somerset: most in the Atlantic League.
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.
RICK TEASLERGAARD: LHP Rick Teasley currently ranks first among qualified Atlantic League pitchers in ERA (1.99). The southpaw went 2-0 with a 0.75 ERA over 12 innings as a reliever to start the year (four games), compared to a 4-1 record with a 2.31 ERA over 46.2 innings as a starter (seven games).
YO-YO HOT: Yovan Gonzalez has reached base safely in 32 of the 36 games in which he has played this year, including hits in 16 of his last 20. Over those 20 games, Gonzalez is 22-71 (.310) with a home run, seven runs and eight RBI. He is eight plate appearances (144, needs 152) short of qualifying among the league leaders in batting, but his .325 average would otherwise rank third. Gonzalez also has been responsible for four of the eight walk-off wins for Somerset this year.
SCOTTY DOES KNOW: Infielder Scott Kelly has recorded a hit in 29 of his last 35 games, including a recently ended nine-game hit streak. Over that stretch, Kelly is 38-for-128 (.297) with 19 RBI, 21 runs scored, 17 SB and 15 walks, including an 11th-inning walk-off single on 6/16 against the York Revolution.
JUST-IN TIME: OF Justin Pacchioli has reached base in 29 of his last 34 games – including a recent eight-game hit streak – over which he is 40-for-111 (.360) w/ 17 RBI, 26 R & 17 SB. Pacchioli is just five PA (147, needs 152) shy of qualifying among league leaders, but his .336 average would otherwise rank third.
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WALK IT OFF: Somerset has eight walk-off wins over its first 30 home games this season. Yovan Gonzalez has four of the eight, while Carlos Guzman (4/26), Tyler Bortnick (4/26), Scott Kelly (6/16) and Greg Golson (6/17) own the others.
GOING STREAKIN’: Tyler Bortnick had reached base safely in 20 of his last 21 games, including a 19-game streak ended on 6/15. Over this stretch, Bortnick is 23-for-69 (.333) with 10 runs scored and 11 RBI, raising his average from .268 to .299. His current .299 batting average ranks eighth in the Atlantic League.
TOP 20: All season long, the Somerset Patriots will be unveiling their Top 20 players in franchise history. INF/OF Matt Hagan was just named the 12th greatest Patriot of all time. Follow along all season to find out who will join him!