NEW BRITAIN BEES (20-34) VS. SOUTHERN MARYLAND BLUE CRABS (30-23)
In 140 Characters or Less: Fornataro gets the start tonight for New Britain in game 2 of their 3 game series with Southern Maryland at 6:35! #NewBritainVsEverybody
Series: The weekend series between the two clubs began with a rain-shortened contest on Friday night, with the Blue Crabs taking the win 3-2 after 6+ innings were played. It will be followed by a Saturday night matchup tonight at 6:35. The series will conclude on Sunday afternoon at 2:05 P.M.
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Monday, June 19th vs. Sugar Land: Father’s Day Celebration/Dollar Day Monday
Tuesday, June 20th vs. Sugar Land: Two-Fer Tuesday
Wednesday, June 21st vs. Sugar Land: YMCA Fun “4” Everyone Day
Thursday, June 22nd vs. Sugar Land: Thirsty Thursday
The Bees: Last night, the Bees got on the board first for the 7th consecutive game in the top of the 4th inning. Jon Griffin would drive in James Skelton and Craig Maddox with a 2 RBI single, but that would be the only runs scored by the Bees in the game. Conor Bierfeldt was placed on the inactive list earlier in the day, giving Jamar Walton to start the game in left field, his second start at that position of the season.
The Opposition: Four different Southern Maryland batters tallied multiple hits in last night’s game, including Devon Rodriguez, who went 3-3 overall on the night. The Blue Crabs answered New Britain’s 2 runs in the top of the 4th by scoring one of their own in the bottom half with a double by Rodriguez to bring home Cory Vaughn. In the 5th they tied the game with an RBI groundout from Michael Snyder, and in the 6th, with inclement weather approaching, Brian Bistagne brought Devon Rodriguez home with a single, proving to be the game winning run after the game was called in the top of the 7th.
Starters – New Britain: RHP Eric Fornataro (0-2, 6.47) | Southern Maryland: RHP Drew Hayes (2-1, 3.13)
Key to the Game – Cool down Rodriguez: Devon Rodriguez has been putting up strong numbers against the Bees this season, batting .345 with 3 doubles, a home run, and 6 RBI. Last night, he notched one of those doubles and scored the game winning run, going 3-3 overall. The lefty makes things happen when he is at the plate, especially in games against the Bees. Look for Eric Fornataro and the Bees bullpen to be extra aggressive whenever he steps up to bat while still taking extra care at the same time, making sure to keep him off base to limit the offensive threats by the Blue Crabs.
Bees Buzz: Yesterday’s game was the first game for the Bees to have a rain delay this season, and the first game to be called due to rain on the road since June of last season in Somerset…Not a single player from either team drew a walk last night…Jordan Hinshaw has recorded a hit in 7 consecutive games…Yusuke Kajimoto’s on base streak was been snapped at 10 games yesterday…With 2 strikeouts last night, Kyle Simon is now 10 strikeouts away from 300 in his professional career…Yesterday’s game was Jonathan Griffin’s 4th multi-RBI game of the season. 3 of them have come in the month of June…The Bees have scored first in 7 consecutive games…Kyle Simon allowed 12 hits in his 5 1/3 innings of work yesterday, which ties the season high for most hits allowed by a Bees pitcher in a game…Jovan Rosa extended his consecutive games played for the Bees streak to 194 yesterday, and his overall consecutive games played streak to 217, including postseason.
About the New Britain Bees
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