By Gabby Sully- Media Relations Assistant
Bridgewater, NJ- For the second time in his Atlantic League career, pitcher Cory Riordan will be making his second-straight Atlantic League All-Star appearance.
“I’m extremely honored and excited to play on the team,” Riordan said, “This is my first year in Somerset and to be named to an All-Star team no matter where you are is always an honor. It’s a representation of the body of work you did for that year and what your teammates have done.”
Riordan is in his first season with the Somerset Patriots and third in the Atlantic League, with a 3-3 record, a 3.27 ERA and a league-leading 74.1 innings of work over 12 starts. His 57 strikeouts rank fifth in the league while his ERA is sixth-best. The righty has worked an average of 6.06 innings per game of his 12 starts this year and has three eight-plus strikeout performances over his last four starts.
When asked how he keeps his consistency from last season and throughout this season, Riordan responded, “Baseball is all about consistency,” He continued, “Handling your business on a day to day basis, trying to do my best. When things aren’t going too well, try to improve it, and when things are going well try to stick to the plan. Throughout my career, I think I’ve done a pretty good job at that.”
Before this season, he played with the Bridgeport Bluefish in 2015 and 2017; the latter season in which he was named an All-Star, carrying a 7-3 record with a 3.29 ERA and 88 strikeouts against just 11 walks over 93 innings pitched in his 14 starts with Bridgeport. Riordan’s contract was purchased by the Fubon Guardians (CPBL) shortly after last year’s All-Star Game, where he finished the season.
With the Somerset Patriots clinching their spot in the Liberty Division playoffs, Riordan is still looking forward to winning more games, “…it’s not time to get complacent; it’s time to really hone in on what we need to work on and what we can do better looking forward to September and bringing the championship back to Somerset.”
The Atlantic League’s 21st Annual All-Star Game will be held at Bethpage Ballpark, the home of the Long Island Ducks, on Wednesday, July 11th at 6:35 p.m.
The midsummer classic will be preceded by the Digmi Home Run Derby and will showcase several of the top power hitters in the league this year. Following the game, all fans in attendance will be treated to the biggest Fireworks Spectacular of the season.
Tickets for the 2018 Atlantic League All-Star Game, presented by Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center, are on sale now! Fans can purchase their tickets by visiting the Bethpage Ballpark box office, calling (631) 940-TIXX, online HERE, or downloading the Ducks mobile app.
The 2018 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford is underway and features the team’s 20th Season at TD Bank Ballpark. For tickets, visit www.somersetpatriots.com.
About the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB)
The Atlantic League has been a leader in professional baseball and a gateway to Major League Baseball since 1998. Over 38 million fans have attended Atlantic League games and more than 900 players and 50 managers and coaches have joined MLB organizations directly from the ALPB. The Atlantic League emphasizes winning baseball games, showcasing the talent of top-caliber players and offering affordable family entertainment.
For more information, please visit www.atlanticleague.com.