Archive for July, 2010

Houston’s Gone? We Have A Problem…

July 30, 2010

(PR) Bridgewater, NJ – The Five-Time Atlantic League Champion Somerset Patriots have announced that right-handed pitcher Ryan Houston has been signed by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and will report to Triple-A.

Houston was 2-2 with a 4.18 ERA, 37 strikeouts, and 18 saves in 28 innings pitched for the Patriots so far this season. He was selected to play in the Atlantic League All-Star Game earlier in July, where he came in relief to strikeout the only batter he faced.

He has four seasons of Triple-A experience in the Toronto Blue Jays, Houston Astros, and Milwaukee Brewers organizations.

Houston spent the 2009 season in Nashville, the Triple-A affiliate of the Brewers, and finished with a 5-4 record, a 3.62 ERA, seven saves, and 42 strikeouts in 49.2 innings pitched in 40 games played.

He has a career record of 43-41, a 4.08 ERA, and 677 strikeouts in 752.1 innings pitched in 358 games played.

The 2010 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford is underway. For tickets, stop by the Patriots Ticket Office located at the ballpark, call (908) 252-0700, or visit


Pulsipher Pitches Patriots To Series Split

July 30, 2010

(PR) Central Islip, NY – Bill Pulsipher made 20 starts in Long Island as a member of the Ducks in parts of four seasons and dominated. He did the same on Thursday night, except he did it in a different uniform. Facing his former club, the ex-Major Leaguer tossed six innings of one-run baseball while the Somerset offense pounded a season-high 18 hits, knocking the Ducks out with a 10-1 win at Suffolk County Sports Park, coming away with a four-game split and a 4-4 road trip.

Pulsipher (1-0), in just his second Atlantic League start outside of a Ducks jersey, did not have a promising start. The first three men reached against him in the 1st inning and Javier Colina drove in Ray Navarette with a sacrifice fly, tying the game at 1-1. But Pulsipher settled down from there, inducing a Dustan Mohr double play to finish the inning and begin a five-frame scoreless stretch. Pulsipher put runners on in three of those innings but danced out of trouble with just four hits against him. Despite five walks, the 36-year-old was not deterred, sending down the final six men he faced, four on strikeouts, fanning six for the game. With a short bullpen behind him, Pulsipher muscled 111 pitches over 6.0 innings. Behind him, Ben Grezlovski – who took a loss on Tuesday night – was brilliantly efficient over 3.0 innings of relief for his third Patriot save. Grezlovski put the leadoff man aboard in the 7th and 9th frames but induced double play balls and used three pitches to retire the side in the 8th.

Even though Somerset didn’t need it with the fine pitching on the hill, the Patriot offense exploded for the second straight game. After 10 runs and 17 hits the night before, Somerset put up three crooked numbers for another double digit run effort. Wayne Lydon knocked a single off Ducks’ starter Jake Dittler to start the game and stole second base, setting up a run-scoring hit from Joe Burke to take a 1st inning lead. After the Ducks tied it in the bottom of the frame, Somerset batted around in the 3rd. After loading the bases with two outs, Michael Hernandez beat out a slow chopper to second to drive Burke home and Pete LaForest followed with a two-run single. Iggy Suarez capped the inning with his second hit, driving Hernandez in and putting the Patriots up 5-1. Dittler (8-8) put Lydon and Burke on to start the 4th and left the game with an elbow problem. Benny Cepeda came in and hit Noah Hall with a pitch, loading the bases. After Jeff Nettles hit into a double play – the third of the night – to bring Lydon home, Josh Pressley smashed a two-run homer to right field to give Somerset an 8-1 edge. Two more runs scored on RBI hits from Hall and Hernandez in the 6th against Chris McCoy for the final tallies. Every Patriot starter had a hit, six players scored a run and six players drove one in.

Somerset (8-13, 44-47) heads back to Bridgewater to begin a seven-game homestand, starting with a four game series against the Bridgeport Bluefish (11-9, 47-43). Former Bluefish Josh Miller (7-7, 3.58) battles Matt Pike (9-4, 3.84) on Friday night at TD Bank Ballpark. Coverage begins at 7:00 pm on 1450 WCTC-AM and online at and Gates open at 6:00 as the Carrier Clinic will sponsor a post-game fireworks show.

NOTES: Burke finished 4-6 with three runs and a RBI. It was his first four-hit game with Somerset and first since 2008 with Atlantic City. Burke has never had a five-hit game…Lydon had a multi-hit game, his 11th in the last 19 games…Hall reached all five times he came up, walking twice and being hit with two pitches. He was hit in the hand in the 7th and left the game. JR Hopf entered for Hall…Pressley’s homer was his sixth in July and 10th of the year…Pressley and LaForest have combined for 11 homers and 45 RBIs in the last 24 games…Hernandez notched his first three-hit game since June 23…Suarez had two hits, his first multi-hit game since May 26…Pulsipher went 12-2 with a 3.08 ERA in 20 starts at Suffolk County Sports with Long Island…it was the fifth time the Patriots have had 17 or more hits. Somerset last had 18 hits on June 17, also against Long Island.

Bullpen Comes Through In Win Over Ducks

July 29, 2010

(PR) Central Islip, NY – Elliott Ayala’s pinch-hit two-run homer put Somerset up, and 5.1 scoreless innings from the bullpen kept the Patriots on top as they defeated the Long Island Ducks 10-5 on Wednesday night at Suffolk County Sports Park, snapping a three-game losing streak.

Ayala came on for Noah Hall in the 6th inning with Wayne Lydon on third base. Former big leaguer and Long Island starter Kip Wells got behind in the count and saw Ayala blast a homer – his first of the season and first since August 15, 2009 – to left field, putting Somerset in front 7-5. Hits from Lydon and Iggy Suarez in the 7th brought home a pair and a run-scoring base hit from Pete LaForest in the 8th helped to double up Long Island en route to the win.

Meanwhile, the Patriots bullpen – which had taken the losses in the first two games of the series – was spotless between Casey Cahill, Jeff Kennard, and Carlos Hines. Cahill (3-4) took over for starter Justin Jones in the 4th inning of a tie game and proceeded to toss 3.1 innings, allowing just three hits, inducing a double play in the 5th to get out of the only real jam he faced. Kennard pitched the 8th and Hines threw the 9th to finish out the scoreless bullpen effort.

Wells (1-2) and Jones were both roughed up in their starts as the offenses battled back and forth. Somerset took an early lead, banging out four base hits in a 36-pitch 1st inning, batting around to plate three runs. Run-scoring hits from Joe Burke, Jeff Nettles, and Josh Pressley staked Jones to a 3-0 advantage. The Ducks would answer back in the 2nd, knocking three straight hits off Jones to drive in two runs but Somerset would counter with two more in the 3rd. Pressley and LaForest notched RBIs, putting Somerset up 5-2.

Jones, after a perfect 3rd, struggled in the 4th inning as Javier Colina and Dustan Mohr reached with hits. Matt Esquivel, already with a RBI in the 2nd, launched a line drive homer to left, tying the game at 5-5. Jones would walk two more and exited after 3.2 innings, yielding seven hits and five runs.

With a short bullpen behind him, Wells (1-2) – in just his fourth Atlantic League start – labored through 6.0 innings, allowing nine hits and seven runs while walking six and striking out four. Julio Guerrero gave up three runs over 3.0 innings as Somerset totaled 17 hits on the night.

Somerset (7-13, 43-47) finishes its series with the Long Island Ducks (10-10, 46-44) on Thursday when former Major Leaguer and long-time Duck Bill Pulsipher (0-0, 3.00) takes on his former team. Jake Dittler (8-7, 4.76) will have the ball for Long Island at 7:00 pm from Suffolk County Sports Park with coverage on 1450 WCTC-AM and online at and

NOTES: Ayala’s homer marked just the fourth pinch-hit by a Patriot in 23 at-bats this season…it is Ayala’s 3rd multi-RBI game this year…the win was just the fourth in 13 meetings against Long Island this year and the third in the last 12 in Central Islip…the Patriots were errorless for the fourth time in five games…the 17 hits is the second highest total this year for Somerset, just shy of a team-best 18 on June 17 against Long Island…Suarez’s base hit was just his 4th knock in his last 34 at-bats since June 1…Pressley finished the night 3-4 with two RBI. David Housel pinch-ran for Pressley in the 8th…Lydon notched a three-hit game while Burke, Ayala, Nettles, and LaForest all had two hits…Hall left the game to tend to a family emergency…Tim Raines Jr. was the only Patriot (with a plate appearance) without a hit. He is just 6-40 against Long Island pitching this year.

Late Home Runs Sink Somerset

July 27, 2010

(PR) Central Islip, NY – Ray Navarette and Javier Colina hit homers in the bottom of the 8th inning, propelling the Long Island Ducks to a 5-2 win in the opener of a four game series at Suffolk County Sports Park on Monday night.

In a well-pitched affair, the game went tied to the 8th inning 2-2. Carlos Hines, after getting the leadoff man out, got behind of Navarette in the count and watched the defending Atlantic League MVP launch a shot over the right field wall, giving Long Island a 3-2 lead. Three batters later, after a two-out walk to John Rodriguez, Javier Colina rocketed a home run of his own into left off Hines (2-1), giving the Ducks a three-run cushion going into the 9th. The Patriots put the first two men on base against closer Ricardo Gomez, but the right-hander got Jason Belcher to ground out into a double play – the fourth twin-killing of the night from Somerset’s offense – and struck out Michael Hernandez to end the game.

Neither starter factored into the decision as Randy Leek – making his 14th career start against Somerset – went 7.0 solid innings, allowing just five hits and two runs (one earned). Despite walking three batters and hitting a Patriot, Leek induced three of his own double play balls to erase runners. Jason Monti – on a pitch count making his second start back from the disabled list – tossed 5.0 innings, yielding just one run on five hits without a walk, striking out four. Monti retired the last eight men he faced, using just 63 pitches over his outing. The only run against him came in the 2nd on a Matt Cavagnaro two-out single, driving in Robinson Cancel.

Meanwhile, Leek faced the minimum through three innings, giving up his first hit to Wayne Lydon in the 4th. After a check throw to first sailed into right field moving Lydon to second base, Josh Pressley knocked a run-scoring hit to center to tie the game. The game remained tied until the 6th when Casey Cahill took over for Monti. After retiring the first two men in the frame, Rodriguez stood in and belted a homer to right, putting Long Island in front 2-1.

Somerset would answer back in the 7th against Leek with a Noah Hall double and a Pete LaForest game-tying base hit to bring Hall home. Somerset had the go-ahead run in scoring position but Tim Raines Jr. lined a double play ball to Colina at third, ending the inning. The Ducks nearly regained the edge in the bottom of the frame against Cahill when Cavagnaro served a two-out hit into right with Cancel coming home. A hectic play sent Cancel scrambling back to third with Cavagnaro caught in a rundown. After Cancel broke for home again, Raines threw to Belcher who applied the tag at the dish, ending the inning. Bill Simas (1-0) tossed a perfect 8th while Gomez finished the 9th after the three-run Long Island assault for the save.

Somerset (6-12, 42-46) continues its series with the Long Island Ducks (9-9, 45-43) on Tuesday night. Jonathon Ellis (1-0, 1.64) will make his 11th career start and second for Somerset against former Bridgeport right-hander Kyle Jackson (0-1, 5.79). Coverage begins at 7:00 pm from Suffolk County Sports Park on 1450 WCTC-AM and online at and

NOTES: Somerset’s four double plays is second to when the Patriots hit into a season-high five double plays against Long Island in Monti’s last start on June 17 against Long Island…Hines had not allowed a run since July 1, having tossed seven straight scoreless outings…the Patriots are just 3-8 against Long Island this year and 2-8 in their last 10 in Long Island dating back to last season…Jeff Nettles went 0-4, snapping his six-game hit streak…LaForest and Pressley have combined for 36 RBI in the last 21 games…Andrew Dobies – signed and activated before the game – made his Patriot debut, replacing Hines in the 8th and getting Cancel to ground out on two pitches…Elliott Ayala, who left Sunday’s game with an elbow contusion, pinch-ran for Pressley in the 9th…the game was the shortest the Patriots have played this year (2:20).

Adams Back; Dobies Signs

July 27, 2010

(PR) Bridgewater, NJ – The Five-Time Atlantic League Champion Somerset Patriots have announced the signings of left-handed pitchers Brian Adams and Andrew Dobies.

Adams returns to Somerset after spending half of the 2010 season playing in the Mexican League, where he finished with a 2-0 record, 1.07 ERA, and 16 strikeouts in 42 innings pitched.

Adams has spent the past three seasons with the Patriots. In 2009, he finished with a 13-8 record, 4.61 ERA, and 120 strikeouts in 27 games.

In 2008 he went 11-7 with a 4.92 ERA and 90 strikeouts in 26 games for the Patriots.

Adams finished the 2007 season with a 15-2 record, 3.68 ERA, and 117 strikeouts in 26 games and was named the 2007 Atlantic League Pitcher of the Year.

He has five seasons of experience with the Boston Red Sox and Milwaukee Brewers organizations, reaching as high as the Double-A Level.

Adams has a 62-37 career minor league record, 3.81 ERA, and 653 strikeouts in 325 games. He has been a part of two championship teams during his time in Somerset and is the Patriots All-Time Career Wins leader with 39.

Dobies most recently pitched for the Chicago White Sox organization during the start of the 2010 season, where he was 3-4 with 23 strikeouts in 14 games.

He has spent the majority of his career with the Boston Red Sox organization, reaching as high as the Double-A Level.

Dobies finished the 2009 season with a 2-3 record, 3.69 ERA, and 39 strikeouts in 27 games for Double-A Portland. In 2007, he was 4-3 with 70 strikeouts in 34 games.

He has a minor league career record of 24-25 with a 4.11 ERA and 343 strikeouts in 131 games.

In other team news, the Patriots have released pitcher Jesse Darcy and placed pitcher Jerry Dunn on the inactive list.

The 2010 Somerset Patriots season will continue on the road until Friday, July 30th when the Patriots return home to battle the Bridgeport Bluefish at 7:05 pm. For tickets, stop by the ticket office, call (908) 252-0700, or visit

Saturday: Somerset Squeaks Past Newark

July 25, 2010

(PR) Newark, NJ – Another wild contest took place at Bears and Eagles Riverfront Stadium on Saturday night but this time it was the Somerset Patriots withstanding a late surge to pick up an 8-7 win over the Newark Bears.

The Bears scored three runs in the final frame and had the tying run at third against Ben Grezlovski but the submariner got Daryle Ward to ground to end the game, securing the win and Grezlovski’s second save this year. Trailing 8-4 into the bottom of the 9th, the first four Bears tallied base hits, scoring two runs against Ryan Houston who failed to record an out for the first time this year. Grezlovski came on to face Pablo Ozuna who attempted to lay down a sacrifice bunt with two on but ended up reaching safely to load the bases. James Cooper sent a fly ball to right field that Noah Hall tracked down. Randy Gress came in to score the third Newark run of the frame and Kennard Jones advanced to third, but Ozuna took off for second and was cut down by Hall for the second out, setting up the Ward groundout.

The Patriots got a pair of monster insurance runs in the top of the 9th against James O’Donnell. The Newark all-star was into his fourth inning of relief when he gave up a bloop single to Tim Raines Jr. and walked Wayne Lydon. Both were sacrificed over by Joe Burke, pushing O’Donnell out in favor of Greg Reinhard. After Jeff Nettles struck out, Josh Pressley banged a two-strike single back up the middle to score two, giving Somerset an 8-4 lead.

The Patriots scored six unanswered runs in the middle innings and maintained a 6-1 lead until Brian Barton smacked his second homer of the game in the 8th. Barton had homered in the 2nd inning to give Newark the early advantage until Somerset’s offense dominated through the 6th. Barton came up with Ozuna and Ward on base against Casey Cahill who was in his fifth inning of relief. Cahill (2-4) entered the game in the 4th and danced in and out of trouble, putting runners on in every inning but inducing three double play balls to wiggle out of jams. Barton had hit into two double plays in his previous two trips to the plate, but this time went the other way, just barely clearing the wall in right-center field to bring the Bears within three at 6-4. Barton was the last man that Cahill faced after 4.2 innings of relief, allowing six hits and three runs, walking three but inducing three twin-killings.

A pair of hurlers made their respective club debuts as Bill Pulsipher made his first Patriot start and Bob Zimmermann took the ball for Newark after coming over in a trade earlier in the week from York. Pulsipher tossed the first 3.0 innings, yielding just the Barton solo shot and Kennard Jones single. Zimmermann (7-2) surrendered just two hits in the first three innings but dealt a walk to Hall to start the 4th. Hall advanced two bases on two wild pitches and Pete LaForest drove him home on a sacrifice fly to tie the game. But Elliott Ayala, Raines, and Lydon belted two-out base hits to bring home two more tallies. Hall came back up with Nettles on base in the 5th and launched his second homer in as many nights, giving Somerset a 5-1 lead. Zimmermann left after 5.0 innings, giving up seven hits, walking two and striking out using 96 pitches. Lydon served a two-out homer to right field off O’Donnell in the 6th, giving Somerset it’s largest lead at five.

Somerset (6-10, 42-44) looks for a series win against Newark (7-9, 28-58) on Sunday when Josh Miller (7-6, 3.52) takes the ball for the Patriots. Mike Loree (3-7, 6.20) makes his second start this year against Somerset when coverage begins at 5:55 pm on 1450 WCTC-AM and online at and

Making It Raines…

July 23, 2010

(PR) Newark, NJ – Tim Raines Jr.’s three-run homer in the 5th inning was the big blow in the game as the Somerset offense put up 13 hits, en route to a 10-3 win over the Newark Bears in the opener of a four-game set at Bears and Eagles Riverfront Stadium on Thursday night.

Raines came to the plate in a tie game in the 5th after Jason Belcher had walked and Pete LaForest reached base on a catcher’s interference call. Raines took a 2-0 pitch from Kelvin Villa and launched it over the left field wall for his fifth shot of the year, putting Somerset up 4-1. Villa (1-5) had allowed the game’s first run in 1st inning on a two-out Josh Pressley RBI double plating Jeff Nettles. From there, Villa had retired nine of ten batters until walking Belcher and getting into trouble. Noah Hall brought home a run in the 6th on a fielder’s choice as Villa finished 7.0 innings, allowing just seven hits striking out three.

Somerset turned to Jonathon Ellis on Thursday as the 27-year-old made his first start in nearly four years. Ellis committed an error in the 1st allowing Elijah Dukes to reach base and the former Major Leaguer would come into score on an infield single from Brian Barton. Ellis – who had last made a start for the San Diego Padres double-A affiliate on August 29, 2006 – was spotless from there retiring nine of the next ten, just as Villa did, to finish out 4.0 innings of three-hit, one-run baseball without a walk to his name. Ben Grezlovski took over in the 5th, allowing just two hits over 2.2 innings, leaving the game in the 7th with two runners on. Carlos Hines threw a wild pitch, allowing a run to score to cut the lead to four, but ended the frame leaving the bases loaded. Somerset added a run on Derek Blacksher in the 8th with a Belcher two-out RBI to answer that run.

The Bears had a major opportunity in the 8th trailing 6-2 against Jeff Kennard. The right-hander walked three batters and gave up a RBI double to Manny Mejia, leaving the bases loaded for closer Ryan Houston. The all-star struck out Randy Gress as the Bears left the bags loaded for the second straight inning as Houston closed out a four-out save in the 9th.

Somerset gave cushion to Houston for his final frame after a four-run top of the 9th as Iggy Suarez landed the major punch. His first hit since returning from the disabled list, Suarez banged a bases-clearing double to right-center and would score an unearned run to give the Patriots 10-3 lead, one Houston would secure for the save.

Somerset (5-9, 41-43) looks for a second straight win against Newark (6-8, 27-57) on Friday when Justin Jones (4-6, 4.83) will throw for the Patriots. The lefty will be opposed by Ryan Glynn (2-0, 0.90) with coverage beginning at 7:00 pm on 1450 WCTC-AM and online at and

NOTES: Ellis, in his 266th professional appearance, made just his 10th career start…Houston’s four-out save was just his second of the year and his league-best 18th overall…Raines’ homer was his first since June 20, also against Newark…Suarez’s hit was his first since June 22 in his fourth game since June 1…Nettles went 3-5 with two runs scored…Elliott Ayala went 1-3 and left the game after the 7th. David Housel came in, singled in the 9th and scored…all of the three Newark runs were unearned against Patriot pitchers…the Patriot staff held Kennard Jones, the league-leader in hits to an 0-4 night with a walk…Somerset is 9-2 against Newark this year.

Patriots Pulse?

July 22, 2010

Wait, that’s Ryan’s blog, not mine…

(PR) Bridgewater, NJ- The Five-Time Atlantic League Champion Somerset Patriots have announced the signing of left-handed pitcher Bill Pulsipher.

Pulsipher has six seasons of Major League experience with the New York Mets, Milwaukee Brewers, Boston Red Sox, Chicago White Sox, and St. Louis Cardinals organizations.

Pulsipher had a 3.78 ERA and 81 strikeouts in 17 starts for the Mets during his rookie season in 1995.

Pulsipher has prior Atlantic League experience with the Long Island Ducks, where he was 9-5 with a 3.67 ERA, 85 strikeouts, and four complete games in 2004. Pulsipher has a 17-10 record in 37 career Atlantic League games over parts of four seasons. He last pitched in the league for the Ducks in 2007.

Pulsipher began the 2010 season with Yuma of the Golden League as a player/coach. He has been activated for the upcoming series against the Newark Bears and is expected to start on Saturday night.

In other team news, the Patriots have place left-handed reliever Brian Henderson on the inactive list.

Revolution Shut Out Somerset

July 21, 2010

(PR) Bridgewater, NJ – The York Revolution defeated the Somerset Patriots 7-0 before 6,006 fans at TD Bank Ballpark on Wednesday evening.

The Revolution took a 2-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning. Shortstop Ramon Castro doubled and scored on an RBI single by designated hitter Jose Herrera. Third baseman Victor Rodriguez drove home Herrera with an RBI single.

York added a run in the top of the fifth inning. Center fielder Scott Grimes singled and later scored on an RBI double by right fielder Steve Haake for a 3-0 lead.

The Revolution added four runs in the top of the seventh inning. Grimes singled, Haake singled, and Castro singled to bring home Grimes. Herrera followed with a three-run homerun (7) to make the score 7-0.

York starter Corey Thurman (7-6) got the win after tossing 5.1 scoreless innings and allowing only three hits. Somerset starter Jason Monti (2-5) suffered the loss, allowing two runs on three hits in 3.1 innings pitched.

Patriots Power Past Revolution

July 20, 2010

(PR) Bridgewater, NJ – The Somerset Patriots defeated the York Revolution 6-1 before 6,059 fans at TD Bank Ballpark on Tuesday afternoon.

The Revolution scored in the top of the first inning after right fielder Steve Haake doubled, center fielder Erold Andrus singled, and shortstop Ramon Castro hit into a double play that brought home Haake for the 1-0 lead.

Somerset answered back in the bottom of the first inning to take the lead after first baseman Joe Burke doubled and third baseman Jeff Nettles followed with a two-run homerun (2) to make the score 2-1.

The Patriots added a run in the bottom of the third inning on a double by center fielder Tim Raines, Jr. and a sacrifice fly by Burke for the 3-1 advantage.

Somerset extended the lead with two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Designated hitter Josh Pressley drew a walk, moved to second on a single by catcher Jason Belcher, and both runners scored on a two-run triple by second baseman Elliott Ayala for a 5-1 lead.

Pressley (9) blasted a solo homerun in the bottom of the sixth inning for the Patriots to make the score 6-1.

Patriots starter Josh Miller (7-6) got the win after allowing a run on 11 hits in seven innings pitched. Revolution starter Jarod Plummer (2-1) suffered the loss, allowing five runs on six hits in four innings pitched.

The Somerset Patriots 2010 Season presented by Ford will continue on Wednesday, July 21st when the Patriots battle the York Revolution a 7:05 pm at TD Bank Ballpark. The game includes a Post-Game Fireworks Show presented by The Provident Bank. Great seats are available by stopping by the Patriots Ticket Office located at TD Bank Ballpark, by calling (908) 252-0700, or on-line at