Patriots Take First Series After the All-Star Break
The Somerset Patriots got off to a great start after the Atlantic League All-Star break. The Patriots went on the road to face the Bridgeport Bluefish over the weekend, where they won the four game series, 3-1. In fact, the only game the Patriots lost in the series was Sunday afternoon after winning the first three games, which included sweeping the doubleheader on Saturday.
Key contributors to the Patriot’s series win include shortstop and New Jersey native, Scott Kelly, who led the team with five hits in the series and picked up two key RBIS to help the Patriots sweep the doubleheader on Saturday. Another player who did a great job at the plate was right fielder Luis Montanez, who led the team with three RBIs in the series.
On the pitching side, the Patriots got two great starts from pitchers Gary Moran and Matt Maloney. Both pitchers pitched seven great innings with Moran only giving up one run on three hits; he struck out nine. Maloney gave up one run on nine hits and struck out six.
The Patriots, after their series win with the Bluefish, will continue their road trip with a three game series against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs starting Monday night.
Player transactions over the All-Star break had the Patriots signing three new players in infielders Daryle Ward and Jeff Dominguez and pitcher David Purcey.
Ward is a major league baseball veteran playing 10 years in MLB for six different ball clubs: the Houston Astros, Los Angeles Dodgers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Washington Nationals, Atlanta Braves and the Chicago Cubs. In his major league career, Ward hit 90 home runs and had 588 total hits. Since 2009, Ward has been playing in the independent leagues for teams like the Newark Bears and the Lancaster Barnstormers.
Dominguez comes to the Patriots with no major league experience, but played in the minor leagues for both the Seattle Mariners and the Miami Marlins organizations reaching the Triple A level at both teams. He played last year for the Sugar Land Skiers, an Atlantic league rival of the Patriots, where he batted .277 with eight home runs and 48 RBIs in 46 games with the Skiers.
The left handed starting pitcher Purcey comes to the Patriots with a lot of major league experience. Purcey has pitched for the Toronto Blue Jays, Oakland As, Detroit Tigers and Chicago White Sox. Last year, Purcey, in 24 games for the White Sox, went 1-1 with a 2.13 ERA and had 23 strikeouts in 21.5 innings pitched before he was injured. Purcey was with the White Sox Triple A affiliate in Charlotte to begin the 2014 season.
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