NEW BRITAIN BEES (5-13) VS. SUGAR LAND SKEETERS (11-8)
In 140 Characters or Less: Sugar Land and New Britain wrap up the Battle of the Bugs tonight, first pitch scheduled for 8:05 PM! #BeesInTheHeartOfTexas
Series: New Britain ended their losing streak with a victory in game 5 of the series yesterday afternoon, defeating the Skeeters 7-6 in 11 innings. The Skeeters officially took the series victory after beating New Britain in game 4 of the series on Monday night, 4-1. Sugar Land took home victories in the first 3 games of the series with scores of 7-5, 3-2, and 6-1, respectively, with game 2 needing 10 innings to decide the winner. The final game of the series is tonight at 8:05 P.M.
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The Bees: Yesterday, the Bees got out to an early lead after putting up 6 runs through the first 4 innings, led by a 4 run 4th inning in which Paul Kronenfeld got his second RBI of the game with a double to score Jon Griffin, Jake McGuiggan notched his 5th RBI of the series with a single to score Kronenfeld, and Michael Crouse brought 2 runs home with a double of his own. After the Skeeters battled back, Michael Baca came through in the 11th inning, scoring Michael Crouse with a single for his first professional career RBI.
The Opposition: Sugar Land faced an early 6-0 deficit created by the New Britain offense through the first 3 and a half innings, but they would battle back, scoring at least 1 run in 4 of the remaining 6 innings of regulation play to eventually reach a 6-6 tie and force extra innings. The Skeeters bullpen continues to be strong over the New Britain offense, limiting them to only 1 run and 3 hits through 7 2/3 total innings.
Starters- New Britain: Anthony Marzi (1-1, 4.84) | Sugar Land: Kyle Drabek (0-2, 9.00)
Key to the Game- Early and often: Throughout this entire series, the Skeeters bullpen has been giving the Bees offense quite a bit of trouble. In total, Sugar Land relievers have only allowed 2 runs off of 10 hits through 19 2/3 innings of relief. Much of the success by the New Britain bats has come off of the starting pitching, with several exceptions like Baca's game winning RBI yesterday in the 11th inning. Look for the Bees to repeat much of what they did yesterday: Strike early against the Skeeters pitching, and strike often, establishing an early lead that they can work to protect.
Bees Buzz: Brandon Shimo earned his first Atlantic League win in yesterday’s game…Michael Baca and Paul Kronenfeld each tallied their first Atlantic League RBI yesterday…Jovan Rosa extended his consecutive games played for the Bees streak to 158 yesterday. He has now played in 181 straight games overall...Every hitter in the game for New Britain got on base at least once…Jake McGuiggan now has 5 RBI in the series, and has reached base safely in 8 straight games…Jovan Rosa hit his first home run of the season yesterday, a solo shot in the 3rd inning…Jon Griffin and Paul Kronenfeld each had 3 hits in the game, the first time since April 23rd that any Bees player recorded that many hits in a single game (Steve Carrillo).
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