NEW BRITAIN BEES (9-19) VS. LANCASTER BARNSTORMERS (17-11)
In 140 Characters or Less: Dupra on the mound as New Britain looks to #RazeTheBarn and even the series with Lancaster. First pitch at 6:30 PM! #NewBritainVsEverybody
Series: The series began with a one run victory for Lancaster last night 5-4 after a late New Britain rally fell just short. Game 2 of the series is set for tonight at 6:30 P.M. The series will conclude on Sunday afternoon at 2:00 P.M. before New Britain heads to York.
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The Bees: The New Britain offense shined in last night’s game even if the final score favored Lancaster. The Bees out-hit the Barnstormers 10-8, and half of those 10 hits were for extra bases. James Skelton hit a home run on the very first pitch of the game, and Jamar Walton hit a homer of his own as part of a late 9th inning rally that fell short, making the final score 5-4. New Britain scored 3 runs in the last 2 innings, entering the 8th down 5-1.
The Opposition: Other than the Skelton leadoff home run, starting pitcher Elih Villanueva kept the Bees off the board, pitching 5 total innings giving up the 1 run off of 5 hits. Barnstormers pitching overall struck out a total of 11 Bees hitters. At the plate, 3 of Lancaster’s 8 hits were for extra bases, including a home run by Blake Gailen. The back end of the bullpen for Lancaster showed some faults, allowing 3 runs through the last 2 innings, including the home run by Jamar Walton.
Starters- New Britain: Brian Dupra (3-0, 1.75) | Lancaster: Jarret Leverett (1-0, 9.82)
Key to the Game- Leverage on Leverett: Former Bee Jarret Leverett is the scheduled starter tonight for the Barnstormers. He has faced New Britain once this year already, only giving up 1 hit through 2 full innings on April 27th. In his last 3 starts, Leverett has struggled, giving up 16 combined earned runs off of 25 combined hits. His lone win came from his most recent start against Sugar Land, where he gave up 7 runs, but Lancaster’s offense powered through to get an 11-9 shootout victory. Now that the Bees have seen Leverett once this season, look for New Britain to use the same power that they used last night to hit for extra bases, putting runs on the board early and forcing Lancaster to play from behind.
Bees Buzz: The Bees have homered twice in back to back games…Michael Crouse has reached base safely in 12 straight games, extending the season high in that category for New Britain…Starting pitcher Mike Lee struck out 6 Lancaster batters yesterday, which ties the season high for most strikeouts by a Bees pitcher in a single game… Craig Maddox hit his first triple of the season in last night’s game, and the Bees’ 5th triple overall on the year…James Skelton has hit a home run in back to back games…Jamar Walton hit his first home run in a Bees uniform in the 9th inning last night…Jovan Rosa extended his consecutive games played for the Bees streak to 168, and his overall consecutive games played streak to 191, including postseason.
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