SOMERSET PATRIOTS (29-20) vs. NEW BRITAIN BEES (17-31)
In 140 Characters or Less: Fans and their dogs will be rooting for the Bees as they go for a series win against Somerset, first pitch at 1:35! #ItsBetterWithTheBees
Series: The 3 game set against the Patriots began last night with a 12-7 victory for Somerset. It was followed by a New Britain victory in game 2 with a 6-1 final score. The final game of the series and the home stand for the Bees will be on this afternoon at 1:35 P.M.
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PROMOTIONS: Today is Bark in the Park at New Britain Stadium! Bring your canine friend to the ballpark to enjoy the action of Bees baseball! Dogs get in FREE! Every Sunday home game is Schaller Hardware City Family Fun-Day, where fans can get autographs before the game, and kids can run the bases after the game!
The Bees: Last night, New Britain evened the series at 1 game apiece thanks to stellar performances both on the mound and at the plate. Kyle Simon pitched 8 1/3 innings and only gave up 1 run, combining for 17 1/3 total innings through his last 2 starts only giving up a total of 3 runs. Conor Bierfeldt and Craig Maddox each went yard, for Bierfeldt it was his team leading 11th home run of the season, and for Maddox it was his first home run since April 28th.
The Opposition: Former Bee Greg Golson notched another hit last night, making him 4-9 with a double, triple, and 3 RBI in this series against his former club. For tonight’s game, starting pitcher Mitch Atkins has not had a scoreless outing since May 3rd, which was also against the Bees. He has consistently lasted between 5 and 6 innings per start through the season, whether runs were scored against him or not.
Starters - New Britain: RHP Eric Fornataro (0-2, 7.31) | Somerset: RHP Mitch Atkins (4-3, 3.91)
Key to the Game – Expect strikes: Somerset starter Mitch Atkins likes to aggressively attack the strike zone. He is 2nd on the Patriots’ pitching staff in strikeouts (2 behind Dave Kubiak), as well as tied for 5th in the Atlantic League. He also does not walk a lot of hitters, having only given up 4 free passes in his last 29 2/3 innings pitched (5 starts). Look for the Bees to take advantage of his aggression and use it against him, swinging away to make contact and limit the strikeouts, potentially generating offensive opportunities that could lead to the series victory.
Bees Buzz: Yesterday’s game was the shortest 9 inning game for New Britain this season by 3 minutes (2:14)…Yesterday’s victory ended a 4 game losing streak for New Britain…The Bees have hit a home run in 3 consecutive games…Before giving up a solo shot in the top of the 9th yesterday, Kyle Simon had not allowed a run in 14 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings…Jordan Hinshaw got his first ALPB hit with a double in the bottom of the 8th inning yesterday…Conor Bierfeldt has had multiple hits in back to back games…Craig Maddox hit a solo shot in the 7th inning yesterday, his first home run since April 28th…Conor Bierfeldt tallied 2 RBI in last night’s game, bringing his team leading RBI total on the season to 29…Jovan Rosa extended his consecutive games played for the Bees streak to 188, and his overall consecutive games played streak to 211, including postseason.
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