Somerset Patriots (3-1) vs. Long Island Ducks (3-1)
Game #5 * Wednesday, May 2nd * 6:35 pm ET * TD Bank Ballpark * Bridgewater, New Jersey
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Series at a Glance
Tuesday (6:35 pm) LI def SOM 6-4; Julio Borbon two-run home run not enough vs. Andrew Barbosa’s strong outing
Wednesday (6:35 pm) SOM [LHP] Duane Below (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs LI [RHP] Matt Larkins (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
Thursday (6:35 pm) SOM [RHP] Cory Riordan (0-0, 1.58 ERA) vs LI [LHP] Bennett Parry (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
Click here to view today’s complete game note: GAME NOTES 5.2.18
GOOD TO BE BACK: 2018 marks the 21st season of Somerset Patriots baseball and the 20th season of baseball at TD Bank Ballpark. The Patriots are the lone founding franchise remaining in the 21st season of the Atlantic League.
O CAPTAIN MY CAPTAIN: Brett Jodie enters his sixth season as manager and 15th overall season with the Patriots. He holds a 418-283 (.677) record as manager, including an Atlantic League Championship (2015), six of a possible 10 Half Championships and a Manager of the Year award (2015).
NEW ROLE, SAME BIG JON: “Big” Jon Hunton enters his seventh overall season in Somerset, but first as the team’s Pitching Coach. The all-time Atlantic League saves king (167) and three-time league champion and two-time All-Star is also in his first year as the Director of Baseball Operations.
HOMEGROWN COACHES: This season marks the first time in Somerset Patriots history that all three primary coaches had played previously for the Patriots. Brett Jodie (2003, ’05), Jon Hunton (2008, ’13-’17) and Hitting Coach Glen Barker (2003) all previously wore the Red, White and Blue.
FAMILIAR FACES: The Patriots return 14 players that spent time on the roster last year. Pitchers Mike Antonini, Aaron Laffey, Dustin Antolin, Ryan Kelly, Dustin Molleken, Duane Below and Rick Teasley join position players Al Reda, Yovan Gonzalez, Justin Trapp, Scott Kelly, Alfredo Rodriguez, Kyle Roller and Justin Pacchioli as returnees.
BIG TIME TIMMY JIMS: Somerset boasts 10 players with service time in the Majors, including Julio Borbon (five seasons), Endy Chavez (13 seasons), Logan Kensing (nine seasons) and Aaron Laffey (eight seasons). In total, the Patriots’ Opening Day roster represents 44 years of service in the big leagues.
TOPS IN THE LEAGUE: An Atlantic League-best 17 Patriots had their contracts’ purchased during the 2017 season. Somerset is once again leading the league in this department, with two contracts already purchased in 2018 (Scott Copeland, New York Mets and Brett Oberholtzer, Colorado Rockies).
BORBON STREET: First-year Patriots outfielder Julio Borbon has gotten off to a hot start with a hit in each of his first four games of the season. Additionally, the five-year Major Leaguer has recorded an extra base hit in three-straight games, including a two-run home run Tuesday night against the Ducks.
NOW WALK IT OUT: The Patriots were the beneficiary of two walk-off winners from Scott Kelly in the first two games of the season. Somerset enjoyed 11 walk-off wins in 2017; two of which came off the bat of Kelly.
GOLD GLOVE CALIBER: Somerset has recorded just one error as a team through four games over 139 totals chances, good for an Atlantic League-best .993 fielding percentage. The Patriots have ranked as the top defensive team in the league in each of the last two years as well, with a .981 and a .983 fielding percentage in 2016 and 2017, respectively.
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