LONG ISLAND DUCKS (23-23) vs. NEW BRITAIN BEES (16-29)
In 140 Characters or Less: The Ducks and Bees wrap up their series on a Thirsty Thursday at New Britain Stadium! First pitch set for 6:35 #ItsBetterWithTheBees
Series: The series began with a single admission doubleheader last night after some inclement weather postponed the game scheduled for Tuesday night. It ended with the Ducks sweeping the Bees by scores of 6-1 and 2-0. The final game of the series is tonight, beginning at 6:35 P.M.
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PROMOTIONS: It’s Thirsty Thursday at New Britain Stadium! Fans in attendance over 21 years of age can enjoy half price domestic draft beers at every concession stand during the game!
The Bees: In yesterday’s doubleheader, several New Britain bullpen pitchers extended scoreless streaks, and Jordan Hinshaw made his Atlantic League debut in game 2. The 2014 rookie of the year of the Pacific League, who was signed on Tuesday, played right field. Out of the pen, Brandon Shimo pitched a scoreless inning of relief in game 1 and Brandon Fry did the same in game 2. Shimo extended his scoreless innings against the Ducks streak to 5, and Fry extended his overall consecutive scoreless innings streak to 7 1/3.
The Opposition: The Ducks offense was powered by Fehlandt Lentini in game 1, who had 3 RBI in the game, getting 2 of them within the first 2 innings. In game 2, Lew Ford took the lead, notching 2 RBI with a single in the 3rd inning, which would be the only runs scored in that contest. On the mound, starters Dennis O’Grady and Tim Melville, who started games 1 and 2 respectively, combined for 11 innings of 1 run ball, only allowing 8 combined hits. Melville set a Long Island franchise record with 14 strikeouts in game 2, the most ever by a Ducks pitcher in a single game.
Starters - New Britain: LHP Anthony Marzi (3-3, 3.16) | Long Island: LHP Rafael Perez (3-1, 3.31)
Key to the Game – 5 runs or more: The New Britain offense was limited to just 1 run across 14 innings of baseball yesterday, totaling 8 hits. The offense is due for a breakout game, and a feasible goal is to plate 5 runs or more in the game. When the Bees score 5 or more runs in a game, they are 10-4 on the season. Long Island starter Rafael Perez has given up 16 total runs this season, 12 of them have been on the road in 5 starts away from Long Island. Look for the New Britain hitters to aim for the 5 run goal, being patient with Perez and using small ball tactics to strategically move runners into scoring position and back home.
Bees Buzz: Jordan Hinshaw made his Atlantic League debut in game 2 of yesterday’s doubleheader…Brandon Shimo has not allowed a run in 5 innings of relief against the Ducks this season…Brandon Fry has pitched 7 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings of relief…Yusuke Kajimoto had 2 hits in game 1 yesterday, giving him his 9th multi-hit game of the season in 21 games played…With his 4 innings pitched in game 2 yesterday, Brian Dupra is now 12 innings away from 500 innings pitched in his career…Game 2 of yesterday’s doubleheader was the first time that Craig Maddox batted out of the 6th spot of the batting order this season…Brian Dupra walked 7 batters in his start in game 2 yesterday, which is a new season high for the Bees in walks allowed by a single pitcher, and ties the franchise record for most walks in a game by a pitcher…New Britain is now 2-8 in doubleheader games on the season…Jovan Rosa extended his consecutive games played for the Bees streak to 185, and his overall consecutive games played streak to 208, including postseason.
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