SOMERSET PATRIOTS (29-19) vs. NEW BRITAIN BEES (16-31)
In 140 Characters or Less: Simon gets the nod as the Bees face the Patriots for game 2 of their 3 game series, first pitch set for 6:35 PM! #ItsBetterWithTheBees
Series: The 3 game set against the Patriots began last night with a 12-7 victory for Somerset. It will be followed by a 6:35 P.M. start tonight for game 2. The final game of the series and the home stand for the Bees will be on Sunday afternoon at 1:35 P.M.
TICKETS: BUY HERE | Available at the New Britain Stadium Box Office | Call 860-826-BEES
PROMOTIONS: The Community Mental Health Affiliates and the New Britain Bees teamed up for the Run for Recovery presented by Beacon Prescriptions this morning. Each participant in the 5K will receive a ticket to tonight’s Bees game! After the game, FIREWORKS presented by DATTCO!
The Bees: In last night’s game, Conor Bierfeldt totaled 3 RBI, 2 of them coming from a 2 run home run in the 6th inning. He leads the Bees with 27 RBI and 10 home runs on the season, and has homered in back to back games. Jon Griffin also had a multi-RBI performance of his own after he hit a 2 run single in the bottom of the 9th. The Bees bullpen combined to pitch 7 innings of scoreless relief until the Patriots added on to their lead in the 9th.
The Opposition: 7 of the 12 Somerset runs came in the 1st inning off of New Britain starter Jonathan Pettibone, who was forced to face 11 Patriots hitters in that frame. Former Bee Greg Golson finished a home run shy of the cycle, going 3-5 and driving in 3 runs. The Pats were shut out in every inning except the 1st and the 9th; in the last inning they would add vital insurance runs to secure the win.
Starters - New Britain: RHP Kyle Simon (2-3, 5.21) | Somerset: RHP Jerome Williams (2-2, 6.11)
Key to the Game – Simon shuts the door: The New Britain bullpen has been stellar as of late. In their past 4 games (equaling 32 total innings) 16 2/3 of the 18 innings that have been pitched by relievers have been scoreless. Jason Jarvis pitched 5 scoreless innings of relief yesterday, and Brandon Fry has not allowed a run in 8 1/3 consecutive innings of relief. Look for Kyle Simon to stand his ground from the first pitch of the game onward, shutting down the Patriots offense and give the New Britain offense a chance to take an early lead, turning the tables on Somerset, forcing them to play from behind.
Song of the Day: Manfred Mann's Earth Band - The Runner
Bees Buzz: Jason Jarvis pitched 5 scoreless innings of relief yesterday. The outing was his longest outing of the season…Conor Bierfeldt has homered in back to back games. Last night’s home run was his team leading 10th home run, and he drove in his team leading 25th and 26th runs at the time. He’d add his 27th RBI of the season with a single in the 9th inning…Yusuke Kajimoto has logged multiple hits in 3 of his last 4 games…Mike Hepple pitched 2 innings of relief yesterday. He is now 3 innings away from 200 innings pitched in his career…Conor Bierfeldt now leads the Bees in multi-RBI games with 8…Jovan Rosa extended his consecutive games played for the Bees streak to 187, and his overall consecutive games played streak to 210, including postseason.
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