SUGAR LAND SKEETERS (26-33) VS. NEW BRITAIN BEES (23-36)
In 140 Characters or Less: It’s Thirsty Thursday at New Britain Stadium as Kyle Simon and the Bees go for a series win over the Skeeters at 6:35 #ItsBetterWithTheBees
Series: The series was scheduled to get underway on Monday night but game 1 had to be postponed due to inclement weather. It was made up on Tuesday night as part of a single admission doubleheader. Each club would take a win, with game 1 belonging to Sugar Land 7-4, and game 2 belonging to New Britain 7-4. A late rally by the Bees in game 3 lead them to a 5-2 win. The set will conclude tonight at 6:35 P.M.
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The Bees: The New Britain offense was quiet until towards the end of last night’s game. They totaled 10 hits, 5 of them came in the 8th inning alone. After being held scoreless through the first 7 innings, the offense broke out in the 8th, scoring all 5 of their runs. Jovan Rosa hit an RBI single, then Jon Griffin and Jordan Hinshaw would follow with 2 RBI doubles. On the mound, Jonathan Pettibone pitched 6 strong innings only allowing 1 run, making last night’s game his longest outing of the year.
The Opposition: Sugar Land starter Michael Nix was in complete control during his outing last night. He pitched 6 complete shutout innings, only allowing 4 hits and walking 3 batters. He faced 5 batters above the minimum overall. Josh Prince led off the top of the 1st with a solo home run on the fourth pitch that he saw to give Sugar Land an early lead, which forced New Britain to play from behind all the way until their 8th inning comeback.
Starters – New Britain: RHP Kyle Simon (3-4, 4.52) | Sugar Land: RHP Sean Gleason (1-5, 7.31)
Key to the Game – Early offense: In this series against Sugar Land, the Bees have scored a total of 16 runs. 14 of them have come in either the second to last inning or the last inning of the games played. A late offensive surge in game 2 of Tuesday’s doubleheader added key insurance runs to secure a New Britain victory, and a 5 run 8th inning last night helped the Bees come from behind to take a 5-2 win. Sugar Land’s starting pitchers have been performing well on the mound, limiting the Bees to just those 2 runs that did not come in the final 2 innings of games. Look for New Britain to get ahead early in the game, giving Kyle Simon a lead to work with.
Bees Buzz: Kyle Simon made 1 appearance out of the bullpen this season against Sugar Land, pitching 2 1/3 scoreless innings…Jovan Rosa’s batting average against the Skeeters has increased from .286 to .355 in this series…Last night was New Britain’s 10th come from behind win of the season…Yesterday was Jonathan Pettibone’s longest outing of the season (6 IP)…Craig Maddox has reached base safely in 11 of his last 12 games…Brandon Fry has only allowed 2 runs in his last 15 outings of relief…Jon Griffin has tallied multiple RBI in 3 of his last 6 games…Jordan Hinshaw extended his team leading hitting streak to 11 games with a single in the 7th inning yesterday…Jordan Hinshaw recorded his 5th multi-hit game last night after playing in 12 games for the Bees…Michael Crouse stole his team leading 16th base in the 5th inning yesterday…Jovan Rosa extended his consecutive games played for the Bees streak to 199 yesterday, and his overall consecutive games played streak to 222, including postseason.
About the New Britain Bees
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