Somerset Patriots (17-7) @ Long Island Ducks (13-13)
Game #25 * Sunday, May 27 * 1:35 pm * Bethpage Ballpark * Central Islip, NY
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Series at a Glance:
Friday (6:35 pm) SOM def. LI 2-1; Cory Riordan 8 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 BB, 4 K; Endy Chaves 2-3, 2B, RBI
Saturday (6:35 pm) SOM def. LI 10-0; David Kubiak 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K; Four-run 2nd and 3rd innings for Somerset
Sunday (1:35 pm) SOM [RHP] Trevor Foss (1-1, 2.54 ERA) vs LI [RHP] Jair Jurrjens (1-2, 6.18 ERA)
Click here to view today’s complete game note: GAME NOTES 5.27.17
FIRST PLACE BEST PLACE: Somerset has held at least a share of first place for every day so far this season. The Patriots were in held at least a share of first place for 72 straight-days in the first half last year, with only three days tied.
LONG ISLAND BAGELS: Somerset has won the first two games of the series against the Ducks, outscoring their rivals 12-1. The first Ducks batter of the series, Jordany Valdespin, hit a solo home run. Since that point, LI hitters are 5-for-57 (.088) with one walk over 18 scoreless innings. Additionally, they have had just one batter get into scoring position: Dan Lyons on a defensive indifference. The Ducks have brought just five over the minimum to the plate in the series.
K IS FOR KUBIAK: RHP David Kubiak tossed five scoreless innings with six strikeouts in his 2018 debut on 5/25. He had 117 strikeouts in 112.2 IP last year.
BETTER THAN AVERAGE: The Patriots have three players that rank in the top 11 in hitting, including Mike Fransoso (.364, fourth), Alfredo Rodriguez (.321, ninth) and Julio Borbon (.317, 11th). Fransoso also ranks second in OBP (.447).
STARTIN’ OFF RIGHT: Dating back to May 12 (10 games), Somerset starting pitchers are 5-2 with a 1.61 ERA (nine runs over 50.1 innings). They have struck out 34 batters against eight walks over this stretch.
BORBON STREET: Outfielder Julio Borbon has three doubles in this series and now leads the league in doubles (12), is tied for the league-lead in extra-base hits (15), and ranks second in slugging (.585).
ANTONINI SHINES: Second-year Patriots southpaw Mike Antonini has not allowed an earned run over his first 13.2 innings on just three hits with 17 K.
RIORDOMINANT: RHP Cory Riordan needed just 81 pitches to throw eight one-run innings in a 2-1 win over the Ducks on 5/25. He faced two-over the minimum and struck out four batters.
INSANE DUANE: LHP Duane Below has allowed just one run over 13.0 innings in his last two starts (0.69 ERA) with an 8/1 K/BB. He has thrown 148 pitches (111 for strikes) and has lowered his ERA over this stretch from 9.00 to 3.60 ERA
JUST A HU(N)CH: LHP Chase Huchingson has made six-straight scoreless appearances. In this stretch, the 2017 All-Star has allowed just two hits with seven strikeouts and has lowered his ERA from 13.50 to 5.00.
CLOSE GAME MAGIC: 11 of Somerset’s first 17 wins have come by just one run. They are 11-1 in one-run games this season and were 20-21 last year.
CLOSE THE DOOR: RHP Ryan Kelly is tied for 2nd in the league with five saves.
BEST OF LUCK: There have been three contracts purchased from the Somerset Patriots so far in 2018. Brett Oberholtzer (Rockies), Scott Copeland (Mets) and Aaron Laffey (Mets) have all been signed to Major League organizations.
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