NEW BRITAIN BEES (14-26) vs. SOUTHERN MARYLAND BLUE CRABS (21-19)
In 140 Characters or Less: #MarziOnTheMound as New Britain continues their road trip with a visit to Southern Maryland! First pitch at 6:35 #NewBritainVsEverybody
Series: This series will be New Britain’s first visit to Waldorf, Maryland to take on the Blue Crabs. It begins tonight at 6:35 P.M., followed by a Saturday night showdown also at 6:35 P.M. The series will conclude on Sunday afternoon at 2:05 P.M.
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The Bees: New Britain had control for a majority of yesterday’s game against Bridgeport. Jamar Walton tallied his 6th home run of the season in the 4th inning with a 2 run shot to give the Bees the lead. Brian Dupra held the Bluefish offense to just 2 hits through 7 strong innings, striking out 4 batters. But the Bridgeport bats came alive late in the game, scoring 5 runs in the bottom of the 8th inning to come from behind and take the lead. The surge was led by a grand slam by Tony Abreu.
The Opposition: Southern Maryland comes back home after a 6 game road trip where they first visited New Britain back on May 26th through 28th, followed by York to take on the Revolution. On the trip, the Blue Crabs generated a 4-2 record, securing series victories against both opponents. Overall they are riding a 2 game winning streak. They currently sit in 2nd place in the Freedom division, 2 games back of Lancaster.
Starters - New Britain: LHP Anthony Marzi (3-3, 3.44) | Southern Maryland: RHP Gaby Hernandez (3-0, 2.55)
Key to the Game – Cool down Rodriguez, Lozada: In their last 5 games, Devon Rodriguez and Jose Lozada have been swinging hot bats. Lozada is batting .391 with 3 RBI, and Rodriguez is batting .364 with a home run and 2 RBI. In recent games, New Britain starting pitchers have been doing very well at keeping offensive threats from powerful hitters very minimal, facing the strong Bridgeport lineup. Mike Lee went 7 innings only allowing 1 run, and yesterday Brian Dupra only allowed 2 hits through 7 innings. Look for Anthony Marzi and the Bees bullpen to follow in their footsteps, making a note to keep an extra eye on Jose Lozada and Devon Rodriguez since they have established the kind of threat that they can be in recent games, and keep the Southern Maryland hitters off the bases.
Bees Buzz: Yesterday was Brian Dupra’s longest outing of the season, and the first time that he pitched 7 or more innings in an outing since July 16th of last season at York…Michael Baca notched his first Atlantic League double yesterday, which was his second extra base hit…Jon Griffin and Jamar Walton each had 3 hits in yesterday’s game, for Griffin it’s his team leading fourth 3 hit game of the season…Jamar Walton hit his 6th home run of the season in the 4th inning yesterday, a 2 run shot…Yusuke Kajimoto is 4 RBI away from 100 RBI in his professional career…Yesterday’s game was the first time the Bees have committed 3 or more errors in a game since August 24th last season at home against Bridgeport in which they committed 4…Jovan Rosa extended his consecutive games played for the Bees streak to 180 yesterday, and his overall consecutive games played streak to 203, including postseason.
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