SOUTHERN MARYLAND BLUE CRABS (19-17) VS. NEW BRITAIN BEES (13-23)
In 140 Characters or Less: Today is Military Appreciation Day in New Britain as the Bees and Blue Crabs conclude their series. 1:35 first pitch #ItsBetterWithTheBees
Series: In the opener of the series and the first time the two clubs have played each other this season, Southern Maryland took a 3-1 victory. In Saturday’s doubleheader, the Blue Crabs shut out the Bees in both games, 2-0 and 6-0 to clinch the series victory. The series will conclude this afternoon at 1:35 P.M.
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PROMOTIONS: Today is Military Appreciation Day! Throughout the entire game, veterans and active members of the military will be honored. Every Sunday home game is Schaller Hardware City Family Fun-Day! Fans have the opportunity to get autographs from Bees players before the game from 12:40 – 1:00 P.M., and then after the game, kids can run the bases!
The Bees: The New Britain offense was held to only 10 hits through the both games of yesterday’s doubleheader, with Jamar Walton and Craig Maddox notching the only extra base hits. On the mound, Brian Dupra went the distance in game 1, pitching all 7 innings giving up 2 runs, but earning the loss. In game 2, Mike Hepple was strong out of the bullpen, allowing no earned runs in his 2 1/3 innings of work, striking out 3 batters.
The Opposition: The key to success for Southern Maryland so far in this series has been early offense. Through the first 3 games, they have scored 8 of their 11 total runs in either the 1st or 2nd innings. Zach Cone and Devon Rodriguez have driven in 5 of those 11 runs in this series. On the mound, Brian Grening recorded his first complete game shutout of the season in game 1, and Gaby Hernandez pitched 8 shutout innings of his own in game 2.
Starters- New Britain: Jonathan Pettibone (0-0, 0.93) | Southern Maryland: Pat McCoy (1-1, 3.44)
Key to the Game- Late game heroics: The victories that have come for Southern Maryland in this series have come thanks to some early game offense. With the exception of game 2 of yesterday’s doubleheader, they have only scored in the 1st and 2nd innings of each game. The New Britain bullpen has been doing its part keeping the games close and within reach of the New Britain offense. Look for the Bees to either take an early lead themselves or pull some late game heroics, coming from behind later in the game to stand their ground and secure a victory in the final game of this 4 game series.
Bees Buzz: The Bees are 4-2 this season on Sundays…Runs were scored in only 4 different half innings throughout yesterday’s doubleheader. The other 28 half innings were all scoreless…The Bees were shut out in game 1 of the doubleheader, making them the second to last team in the Atlantic League to have been shut out all season. The only team in the league that has not yet been shut out is Somerset…Jovan Rosa has recorded a hit in 9 of his last 10 games…Mike Hepple is 6 innings away from 200 total innings pitched in his career…Yusuke Kajimoto is 7 hits away from 300 total hits in his professional career…Yesterday was the first time since September 11th-12th of last season that the Bees were shut out in back to back games…After playing in both games of yesterday’s doubleheader, Jovan Rosa extended his consecutive games played for the Bees streak to 176, and his overall consecutive games played streak to 199.
About the New Britain Bees
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