LONG ISLAND DUCKS (9-13) VS. NEW BRITAIN BEES (7-14)
In 140 Characters or Less: Celebrate Mother’s Day with the Bees as they play a single admission doubleheader vs. the Ducks! Game 1 begins at 1:35 #ItsBetterWithTheBees
Series: The Bees took the win in game 1 of the series in walkoff fashion, 4-3. In game 2, Kyle Simon led the way as he and the Bees bullpen shutout the Ducks 6-0 to get their first shutout victory of the season. With Saturday’s game being postponed due to inclement weather, the series will conclude with a Mother’s Day doubleheader showdown beginning at 1:35 P.M. Game 2 will begin 30 minutes after the first one ends.
TICKETS:BUY HERE | Available at the New Britain Stadium Box Office | Call 860-826-BEES
PROMOTIONS: Bring your CT Breast Health Initiative "Race In The Park" number to the box office and get $6 bleacher tickets, with $1 going back to CTBHI! To celebrate Mother’s Day, the first 300 mothers through the gates will take home a special giveaway item courtesy of Buzzle Balm! Every Sunday home game for the Bees is a Schaller Hardware City Family Fun-Day! Fans have the opportunity to receive autographs from players before the game, and after the game, kids can come down to the field to run the bases!
The Bees: New Britain’s 6-0 victory on Friday night was led by multi-hit performances from Michael Crouse, Jovan Rosa, and Jon Griffin, driving in 4 of the 6 runs combined between them. In the 6th inning, both Crouse and Jamar Walton hit a triple, marking a new season high in triples in a single game for New Britain this season, and Crouse’s triple was his 600th career hit. On the mound, Kyle Simon led the pursuit to a shutout, allowing 3 hits and 2 walks through 5 innings.
The Opposition: The Ducks offense was held to only 4 hits through the entirety of Friday night’s game, Giovanny Alfonzo tallying 2 of them. None of the Long Island hits were for extra bases. Both Marc Krauss and Dan Lyons each showed extra discipline in their at bats, drawing a pair of walks each. Starter Matt Larkins kept the New Britain offense somewhat quiet early on in the game, holding the Bees to only 2 hits through the first 3 innings.
Starters- Game 1: New Britain: Mike Lee (0-1, 9.64) | Long Island: Rafael Perez (1-1, 5.06) Game 2: New Britain: Brian Dupra (2-0, 2.18) | Long Island: Dennis O’Grady (1-0, 2.50)
Key to the Game- Chase the southpaw: Long Island starter Rafael Perez struggled early on in the season, but seems to have found his groove as of late. In his last 2 starts, he has gone 7 full innings, allowing 3 runs or less both times. In his most recent start on May 8th against York, he did not walk any batters and struck out 7, but would eventually get the loss in a 4-0 defeat. Look for the Bees to make the lefty uncomfortable on the mound, from Mike Lee being a formidable opponent keeping the Ducks off the board to the Bees offense generating early opportunities, giving Lee a lead to work with.
Bees Buzz: This is the second straight season that the Bees will be playing a doubleheader on Mother’s Day. They split a doubleheader with Lancaster on May 8th last season…The Bees recorded their first shutout of the season on Friday, and their first shutout at home since August 18th of last year against Long Island…Michael Crouse hit an RBI triple in the 6th inning on Friday, which was his 600th career hit…The Bees hit 2 triples on Friday, a season high for most triples in a game. They both came in the 6th inning…Jovan Rosa extended his consecutive games played for the Bees streak to 161 on Friday, and his overall consecutive games played streak to 184.
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 email@example.com, call 860-826-BEES (2337), or visit NBBees.com.
About the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB)
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