Scribner Closes Out Lara’s Eighth Win
(Bridgewater Township, NJ– August 2, 2018) – The New Britain Bees (12-10, 45-40) defeated the Somerset Patriots (16-8, 51-36) 4-3 at TD Bank Ballpark on Thursday afternoon in the opener of a four-game series between Liberty Division foes. The Bees improve to five games above .500 in the process, their high watermark on the 2018 season.
New Britain starting pitcher Rainy Lara (8-4) was victorious after allowing just two runs on nine hits in five and two-thirds innings on the mound, striking out one. Somerset starting pitcher Kyle Davies (5-5) suffered the loss, giving up three runs on six hits (one home run) over six innings pitched, walking two while striking out three and tossing a wild pitch. Evan Scribner retired all three batters he faced in the bottom half of the ninth inning for his 16th save of the campaign.
New Britain took an immediate 1-0 lead versus Davies just three batters into the ballgame when Deibinson Romero plated Brock Stassi with a sacrifice fly after Stassi preceded Romero with a double, extending his hitting streak to nine consecutive game (the longest active streak on the ballclub) and his on-base streak to 12 straight contests, both season-highs while Romero notched his 52nd run batted in, tops on the team and fifth most in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. Trailing 2-1 in the top of the fourth, the visitors got even in the blink of an eye when Jovan Rosa launched a game-tying solo home run to left field, his first roundtripper since his 2018 return to the Hardware City. The Bees went back out in front 3-2 in the top of the sixth by way of a Jamar Walton RBI base knock that scored Rosa after he led off the frame with a walk and moved up into scoring position with his first stolen base of the season. New Britain added what turned out to be a huge insurance run in the top of the eighth for a 4-2 cushion thanks to a Jonathan Galvez run-scoring double into the left field corner that plated Jason Rogers after he singled to open up the frame. Mike Fransoso’s base hit in the middle of the eighth cut Somerset’s deficit to 4-3, but that was as close as the home team would get on this Camp Day in the Garden State as Scribner shut the door in the ninth to combine with Sammy Gervacio and Adam Loewen to toss three and one-third innings of solid relief effort for the boys from the Hardware City. Rogers led the day offensively for New Britain with three more hits, tying him with Darren Ford and Romero for the most multi-hit games overall with 22 and the sixth for Rogers of the three-hit variety. Photo provided courtesy of the New Britain Bees.
The Bees return to New Britain Stadium on Friday, August 10th when they welcome in the Lancaster Barnstormers for a three-game weekend series. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 P.M. Enjoy an ice cold Fat Tire Draft every Friday night in the Hardware City. When the gates open at 5:35 P.M., all fans are welcome to participate in Bees Best Bites: Taco Night, to sample and vote for their favorite local food. All you have to do is pay five dollars for a wristband and tr tacos from local restaurants. Then, vote for your favorite tacos for a chance to win a Family Four Pack of tickets to any Bees game. CLICK HERE for tickets.
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