NEW BRITAIN BEES (15-26) vs. SOUTHERN MARYLAND BLUE CRABS (21-20)
In 140 Characters or Less: The Bees go for a series win over the Blue Crabs in a Saturday night showdown, first pitch set for 6:35 PM! #NewBritainVsEverybody
Series: The series between the Bees and Blue Crabs began with an extra inning affair last night, in which New Britain was victorious after scoring 4 times in the top of the 10th inning, 7-3. The second game of the 3 game set takes place tonight at 6:35, and the series will conclude tomorrow afternoon with a 2:05 P.M. scheduled start time.
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The Bees: New Britain was able to secure last night’s victory by taking advantage of offensive opportunities whenever they were presented to them. Jon Griffin and Michael Crouse each saw pitches that they liked, and hit them out of the yard to take an early lead and tie the game late, respectively. When the 10th inning came around, James Skelton drew a leadoff walk, stole second base and advanced to third on a throwing error by Luis Alen, setting himself up to be driven home by Jake McGuiggan, resulting in the game winning run.
The Opposition: Southern Maryland’s 2 game winning streak was snapped yesterday after the Bees defeated them in extra innings. They managed to battle from behind twice in the game to either tie the score or take the lead; an RBI single by Luis Alen tied the game at 1 in the 4th, and Patrick Palmeiro’s 2 run home run in the bottom of the 7th inning would give the Blue Crabs a 3-2 lead. Their loss came as a result of the Bees scoring 4 runs off of Cody Hebner in the 10th inning, forcing him to depart after he only managed to get 2 outs.
Starters - New Britain: RHP Jonathan Pettibone (0-0, 1.48) | Southern Maryland: LHP Pat McCoy (1-1, 2.91)
Key to the Game – Rock solid bullpen: This season against Southern Maryland, Joe Beimel has only allowed 1 hit and Nate Roe has only allowed 2 hits, both with 3 innings of scoreless relief each. Since the road trip began when the Bees visited Bridgeport, New Britain has allowed 16 runs by their opponents in the 7th inning of games or later. Look for the New Britain bullpen staff to follow the leads of Beimel and Roe who have demonstrated that the Blue Crabs offense can be controlled late in games, and maintain the lead that the Bees may have or keep the score within striking distance of their own offense.
Bees Buzz: Yesterday was the first time this season where New Britain has won a game in which they were trailing after 7 innings, and the first time that they have won a game in which they scored at least 1 run in the 8th inning…Yesterday’s game was the sixth extra inning game of the season for New Britain. They are now 4-2 in extra inning games, 3-1 on the road, and have won 4 consecutive extra inning games…Jonathan Griffin hit his third home run of the season in the 2nd inning of yesterday’s game. That was the 99th home run of his professional career…Yusuke Kajimoto is 3 RBI away from 100 RBI in his career…Anthony Marzi had 6 strikeouts in his outing yesterday, which ties the season high for most strikeouts in a game by a Bees pitcher…Jonathan Griffin has had 3 hits in back to back games, and leads the team in 3 hit games this season with 5…Jovan Rosa extended his consecutive games played for the Bees streak to 181, and his overall consecutive games played streak to 204, including postseason.
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