08/07/2020 10:44 PM -
Weekend at a Glance
Saturday (7:05) SOM def NJB 4-3; Patriots overcome 2-0 and 3-1 deficits; Three-run bottom of the sixth to take lead; Fontana 2-for-2, BB, R
Sunday (6:05) NJB [RHP] Alex Vargas (0-1, 3.00 ERA) @ SOM [LHP] Max Herrmann (0-0, 1.69 ERA)
Click here for the complete game notes to tonight's game: GAME NOTES 8.9.20
FIRST IN STATE: When Patriots’ RHP David Kubiak threw the first pitch of Friday, 7/17’s game, it marked the start of the first professional baseball game in the state of New Jersey in 2020.
THE JODIE FILE: The Patriots are managed by returning skipper Brett Jodie. Jodie is entering his 8th year as manager of the team and his 17th overall season with the organization. The former Yankee owns a 556-405 record over his first seven years
SIGNATURE SIX: There are six players on the current Patriots roster that played on the team in 2019: David Kubiak, James Pugliese, Nate Roe, Taylor Wright, Scott Kelly and Justin Pacchioli. That accounts for 35.3% of the active roster.
SPEED DEMONS: Two of the returning players, Kelly and Pacchioli, currently rank among the top four basestealers in franchise history. Kelly ranks third with 114 career stolen bases, while Pacchioli lists 5th with 112 steals. Michael Warner is next on the list to pass with 120 stolen bases
NO SHAYNE NO GAME: Shayne Fontana reached base in all three of his at-bats on 8/7. The former Baltimore Orioles draft pick is 4-for-7 over his first three games with one run, one RBI, two walks and three stolen bases.
KISSED FROM A ROSE: Joey Rose became the first player in the SPBS to hit a home run his two-run shot in the 7/24 game. Rose leads the Patriots with four RBI through seven games.
REINFORCEMENTS: Somerset added two new postion players prior to Week 3: Shayne Fontana and Connor Justus. The two combined to go 4-for-11 from the plate with two doubles, one RBI, one walk and two stolen bases in their debut weekend.
OFF TO THE RACES: The Patriots stole at least three bases in each of the first five games of the series. Scott Kelly leads the team with four steals, while Justin Pacchioli, Sean Guida, Shayne Fontana and Dan Valerio each have three stolen bases.
THE LONE AFFILIATE: Patriots catcher Matt O’Neill marks the only player in the SPBS that remains under contract with a Major League club (New York Mets).
DUECES WILD: The Patriots have scored exactly two runs in each of their first five games. Both of their wins came in their last at-bat, each time also capping off a come-from-behind win.
BIG BAD JON: The Blasters are managed by record-setting Atlantic League closer and current Somerset Patriots pitching coach/director of baseball operations Jon Hunton. This marks “Big Jon’s” first professional experience as a manger.
FORMER PATS: RHP Vin Mazzaro appeared in three games with the Patriots in 2017, while outfielder Zach Racusin made his professional debut with the Patriots in 2017
OFF TO THE BIGS: LHP Brandon Leibrand had his contract purchased by the Miami Marlins on 8/6 and will report directly to their active 60-person player pool. Leibrandt is the first player in the SPBS to have his contract purchased. He went 1-0 and led the league in ERA (0.75) and strikeouts (15) over three starts
FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS: The Blasters have won each of the first three Friday night games in the SPBS. Each time, one big inning has provided the difference. New Jersey posted a four-run third inning on 7/17 and 7/24, while a three-run fourth inning on 7/31 helped lead the team to a win.
MAZZARO MOWS: RHP Vin Mazzaro became the first starting pitcher in the SPBS to earn a win thanks to a strong 7/31 start. The former MLBer carries a 2.12 ERA over his first four starts and is tied for the league lead the series in strikeouts (19).
A TASTY MARTINI: Louie Martini continues to lead the SPBS in RBI (5) through the first seven games. He reached base safely multiple times in three of his first four games and is the only player in the series to reach base safely in all seven games.
CRANFORD STAND UP: LHP Ryan Williamson has shined out of the bullpen thus far. The three-time state champion at Cranford H.S. has appeared in four of the first six games of the series. He worked two perfect, scoreless innings of relief, earned a win and struck out five of the six batters he faced in week 1. He then struck out six-straight batters over two innings of relief and earned a win on 7/24 before recording his first save on 7/31. 12-of-the-15 outs he has posted thus far (and 12-of-18 batters he’s faced) have been strikeouts over his five innings.
#1 OVERALL: Infielder Martin Figueroa marked the first overall selection for the Blasters in a pre-season draft of eligible SPBS players. “Figgy” became the second player to reach base four times in the same game when he did so on 7/24. He currently leads the series in AVG (.313), walks (6), runs (5) and hits (5).
Series Winner: The Joe Torre Championship Trophy
Best Pitcher: The Sparky Lyle Pitching Award
Best Player: The Willie Randolph MVP Award
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