LONG ISLAND DUCKS (9-11) VS. NEW BRITAIN BEES (5-14)
In 140 Characters or Less: The Bees are back home to begin a 4 game set with the Long Island Ducks tonight, first pitch at 6:35 PM! #ItsBetterWithTheBees
Series: The Bees and Ducks will square off in a 4 game weekend set at New Britain Stadium, beginning tonight at 6:35 P.M. Game 2 will be tomorrow night at 6:35 P.M., followed by game 3 on Saturday night, also at 6:35 P.M. The series will conclude with a Mother’s Day afternoon showdown on Sunday at 1:35 P.M.
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PROMOTIONS: Every Thursday home game for the Bees is Thirsty Thursday! All fans in attendance over 21 years of age can enjoy domestic draft beer at half price located at every concession stand!
The Bees: New Britain enters this series coming off of a 6 game set in Sugar Land, which concluded last night with a 5-1 victory for the Skeeters. The Bees have been successful so far this season against Long Island; back in April they played a 3 game set in Central Islip, securing victories in 2 of those 3 games. This will be the first time that they’ve played an opponent twice this season as the 4 game set with the Ducks begins.
The Opposition: In the month of May, the Ducks will be playing 18 home games and only 12 road games, broken up into three 4 game sets. The opened the month of May by sweeping a 4 game set at York, and this series against New Britain will be their second of three 4 game road trips. In their previous 6 game home stand, the Ducks were swept by Southern Maryland, and then took 1 of 3 games against York, with that victory coming yesterday.
Starters- New Britain: Eric Fornataro (0-1, 6.75) | Long Island: John Brownell (1-0, 3.00)
Key to the Game- Plate discipline: In his last start, John Brownell pitched 6 innings against Southern Maryland, striking out 7 batters and only allowing 2 walks, but also giving up 6 hits. Long Island would go on to lose the game, but Brownell would not get a decision. Look for the New Britain offense to recognize that Brownell will throw a lot of strikes, identify the opportunities presented should his command ever falter, and work to chain some hits or offensive plays together, making things happen on the bases to put runs on the board.
Bees Buzz: This will be the first time this season where the Bees have played an opponent twice. They still have yet to play a game against Bridgeport or Southern Maryland…Jon Griffin tallied his 100th career double in the 2nd inning of yesterday’s game…The Bees have scored first in 3 straight games…With 4 2/3 innings pitched in yesterday’s game, Anthony Marzi has passed 100 total innings pitched in his career…Jake McGuiggan has reached base safely in 9 consecutive games…Jovan Rosa extended his consecutive games played for the Bees streak to 159 yesterday, and overall consecutive games played streak to 182.
About the New Britain Bees
The New Britain Bees are in their second season of play as a member of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball and play at New Britain Stadium. For further information or to reserve seats, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 860-826-BEES (2337), or visit NBBees.com.
About the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB)
The Atlantic League has been a leader in professional baseball and a gateway to Major League Baseball since 1998. Over 36 million fans have attended Atlantic League games and more than 800 players and 50 managers and coaches have joined MLB organizations directly from the ALPB. The Atlantic League emphasizes winning baseball games, showcasing the talent of top-caliber players and offering affordable family entertainment to metropolitan markets serving nearly 15% of the US population.