Martinez And Clark Each Go Yard In Bees Debut
(Bridgewater Township, NJ– April 27, 2019) – The New Britain Bees (1-1) and Somerset Patriots (1-1) split a single-admission doubleheader at TD Bank Ballpark on Saturday to ring in the 2019 Atlantic League of Professional Baseball regular season schedule for both organizations, with New Britain taking game one 8-4, while Somerset was victorious in the nightcap 14-2 as each contest lasted seven innings of play.
In game one, New Britain starting pitcher Zach Stewart registered a no-decision, allowing four runs on five hits (one home run) in three innings pitched, walking three while striking out four and tossing a wild pitch. Somerset starting pitcher Brett Oberholtzer also did not factor in the game’s final outcome, surrendering four runs (three earned runs) on four hits (one home run) in four innings of work, striking out six and hitting a batter.
Trailing 4-3 in the top of the third inning, Ozzie Martinez got the visitors even with a solo home run over the second wall of advertising in left field off Oberholtzer, his first hit in a Hardware City uniform. The game remained deadlocked into the top of the seventh frame, when the Bees batted around, scoring four runs to give the games its final score of 8-4, making a winner out of reliever Jim Fuller (1-0), while handing Zech Zinicola (0-1) the loss. Jason Rogers led the way offensively for New Britain with a pair of hits.
In game two, New Britain starting pitcher Christian Friedrich (0-1) suffered the defeat in his Atlantic League debut, giving up six runs (five earned runs) on six hits over three and one-third innings of work, walking two (one intentional) and striking out four. Somerset starting pitcher David Kubiak (1-0) registered the win after allowing just one run on four hits (one home run) in six innings on the mound, walking one and striking out four.
After falling behind 2-0, Tyler Clark cut the deficit in half in the top of the third by way of a solo home run to left versus Kubiak in his first at bat as a member of the Bees. That was as close as New Britain would get, as the Patriots responded with 12 unanswered runs en route to the convincing victory over their Liberty Division foes. Clark, Rogers, Deibinson Romero, Jovan Rosa, Jared James and Jonathan Galvez each had one of the six hits for New Britain. Photo provided courtesy of the New Britain Bees.
New Britain hosts the Somerset Patriots for Opening Night in the Hardware City on Friday, May 3rd. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 P.M. Join us as we kick off the season with Cirque du Soleil! Enjoy a carnival-like atmosphere at New Britain Stadium with fun giveaways, face painters, and more! The first 500 fans will also take home a special Bees Schedule Poster, presented by Image Link. It will also be a Fat Tire Friday presented by New Belgium, as fans 21 and over can enjoy Fat Tire Drafts for just five dollars! CLICK HERE for tickets.
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