TODAYS GAME PREVIEW SOMERSET PATRIOTS

Today’s Game:
Somerset Patriots (6-4) @ New Britain Bees (4-5)
Game #11 * Monday, May1 * 6:35 PM * New Britain Stadium * New Britain Bees
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Series at a Glance
Monday (6:35) SOM [RHP] Tyler Cloyd (0-0, 3.00 ERA) @ NBB [RHP] Eric Fornataro (0-0, 6.75 ERA)
Tuesday (6:35) SOM [LHP] Logan Darnell (0-1, 7.20 ERA) @ NBB [RHP] Jason Jarvis (0-0, 3.37 ERA)
Wednesday (10:35am) SOM [RHP] Mitch Atkins (1-1, 5.40 ERA) @ NBB [RHP] Johnathan Pettibone (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
Thursday (6:35) SOM [LHP] Aaron Laffey (1-1, 2.70 ERA) @ NBB [RHP] Brian Dupra (2-0, 2.70 ERA)
PLATINUM ANNIVERSARY: 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.
CONGRATS ARE IN ORDER: On Saturday, April 29th, left-handed pitcher Jeremy Bleich’s contract was purchased by the Los Angeles Dodgers organization. He is reporting directly to Triple-A Oklahoma City. He is the first Somerset Patriot to have his contract purchased by a Major League organization this year.
CARDIAC PATS: Through the first 10 games of the season, Somerset has gone to extra innings three times, winning all three games with a walk-off. The Patriots had 11 walk-off wins in the regular season last year, and one additional walk-off win in the postseason (Game 1, LDCS vs. Long Island).
IN THE ‘NICK OF TIME: After his 4-4 game on Sunday against the York Revolution, first-year Patriot infielder Tyler Bortnick now leads the team in batting (.367). Bortnick also is tied for the team lead in steals (4) and has the team’s lone triple this season. Additionally, the former Lancaster Barnstormer is currently riding a six-game hitting streak, dating back to April 23rd.
SPEED 4 DAYZ: The Somerset Patriots rank tied for third in the Atlantic League in stolen bases (13), including six steals in a single game on 4/22 vs. Lancaster. Darren Ford leads the team with four steals and Tyler Bortnick ranks second with three.
TICKLE ME OLMO: Utilityman Olmo Rosario hit safely in seven of his first eight games as a Somerset Patriot, including three multi-hit games. The former Barnstormer is 11-31 to begin the year and has made starts in the field at 3B, LF and RF.
STARTING EXPERIENCE: 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, the team’s 5th starter, 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. Three-year Somerset Patriots INF Corey Smith was just named the 19th greatest Somerset Patriot of all time. Follow along all season to find out who will join him!