NEW BRITAIN BEES (9-20) VS. LANCASTER BARNSTORMERS (18-11)
In 140 Characters or Less: #MarziOnTheMound as the Bees looks to salvage a victory from their 3 game set with Lancaster this afternoon at 2 PM #NewBritainVsEverybody
Series: The series began with a one run victory for Lancaster on Friday with a final score of 5-4 after a late New Britain rally fell just short. The Barnstormers were victorious in game 2 with an 8-3 final score. The series will conclude this afternoon at 2:00 P.M.
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The Bees: New Britain continues to knock the ball out of the park, having hit 11 home runs in their past 7 games overall. Last night, Jovan Rosa hit a 2 run shot in the 1st inning and Conor Bierfeldt hit his team leading 7th home run in the 8th inning. On the mound, Shawn Gilblair and Jason Jarvis each tossed a scoreless frame, although Gilblair inherited runners that starter Brian Dupra left behind, who would eventually score and the runs would get charged to Dupra.
The Opposition: K.C. Hobson was the main story for Lancaster in last night’s game, going 3-3 with a home run and 5 RBI, becoming the fourth Lancaster player to notch at least 5 RBI in a single game this year. Hobson and Darian Sandford also both had 3 hits in the game. The combined efforts of R.J. Hively, Scott Shuman and Kaohi Downing limited the New Britain offense to only 1 run through the last 4 2/3 innings.
Starters- New Britain: Anthony Marzi (2-2, 4.38) | Lancaster: Brad Bergesen (2-1, 3.24)
Key to the Game- Marzi momentum shift: Since Anthony Marzi’s complete game shutout on May 16th against Bridgeport, the New Britain pitching staff has not allowed less than 5 runs in any of the 5 games that came after it. The starting pitching in particular has seen a majority of the recent struggles, allowing 17 runs in the last 3 games alone. Marzi is going to have a tough challenge ahead of him going against the powerful, stacked offense that Lancaster has. Look for him to go the extra mile to shift the momentum back in the favor of New Britain’s starters, and look for the Bees defense to be polished and sharp to back him up.
Bees Buzz: This game is scheduled to be Anthony Marzi’s second start against Lancaster…Jovan Rosa brought in 2 runs last night, making last night’s game his first multi-RBI game since August 26th of last year…New Britain has homered in the 1st inning in back to back games…The Bees have hit at least 1 home run in 7 straight games, 4 of those 7 have featured multiple home runs…Jovan Rosa has tallied multiple hits in back to back games…With his 2 innings of relief yesterday, Mike Hepple is now 9 2/3 innings away from 200 innings pitched in his career…New Britain has hit multiple home runs in 3 straight games…Michael Crouse’s on base streak was snapped at 12 games yesterday. It remains the season high in that category for New Britain…Jovan Rosa extended his consecutive games played for the Bees streak to 169 yesterday, and overall consecutive games played streak to 192, including postseason.
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