Morris Dominates On The Mound, Rogers Drives In A Pair
(Sugar Land, TX – August 17, 2019) – The New Britain Bees (14-20, 49-54) defeated the Sugar Land Skeeters (21-14, 56-49) 5-1 at Constellation Field on Saturday night to even up the seven-game series at a victory apiece.
New Britain starting pitcher Akeel Morris (4-3) was victorious after firing six and one-third scoreless innings on just two hits allowed, walking two and striking out a season-high eight. Sugar Land starting pitcher Troy Scribner (4-4) suffered the loss, giving up three runs (two earned runs) on five hits across five innings on the mound, walking four while striking out five.
New Britain took a 1-0 lead against Scribner in the top half of the fourth when Mike Carp plated Bijan Rademacher with an opposite-field RBI single to left center after Rademacher led off the frame reaching on an error committed by Sugar Land second baseman Javier Betancourt. The Bees made it 3-0 in their favor just one inning later courtesy of run-scoring base knocks produced by Ryan Jackson and Jason Rogers that allowed Rando Moreno and Darren Ford to cross the plate after Moreno began the rally with a leadoff double to right and Ford followed with a free pass. The three-run cushion was more than enough for Morris, who was lifted by skipper Goose Gozzo with one out and one on in the last of the seventh for fellow right-hander Brady Dragmire, who proceeded to erase D.J. Peterson by way of a fielder’s choice and Juan Silverio on a fly ball to Rademacher in right, stranding two men on base in the process. The boys from the Hardware City added a pair of much needed insurance runs in the ninth to extend their advantage to 5-0 thanks to the speed of Ford and the bat of Rogers as Ford led off by lacing a triple into the right field corner that was fielded by Anthony Giansanti, who hit the cutoff man in Betancourt, but the relay to third was thrown off-target of Silverio and out of play as Betancourt’s second error of the ballgame allowed Ford to come home. Three batters later, Rogers doubled into the gap in right centerfield for his 22nd two-base hit and 71st run batted in as Jackson hustled home all the way from first base and the visitors were able to come away with a much-needed victory. Rogers and Jackson led the way offensively with a pair of hits each, with Rogers now standing third overall in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball with 71 runs batted in while also recording his 29th multi-hit game in 2019 and team-best 19th multi-RBI performance. Photo provided courtesy of Joe Doll.
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