NEW BRITAIN BEES (24-36) VS. SOMERSET PATRIOTS (37-23)
In 140 Characters or Less: After a series win vs. Sugar Land, Lee takes the hill in game 1 of a 3 game series at Somerset tonight at 7:05 PM #NewBritainVsEverybody
Series: This trip will be the first time that New Britain will visit Somerset’s home ballpark, and is the only opponent this season that they have not yet visited. Game 1 of the 3 game series gets underway tonight at 7:05, followed by a Saturday night showdown at 7:05 for game 2. The set will wrap up on Sunday afternoon at 1:05.
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Friday, June 30th vs. Bridgeport: Fat Tire Friday/Foul Pole Friday
Saturday, July 1st vs. Bridgeport: Fireworks!
Sunday, July 2nd vs. Bridgeport: Martin Rosol’s Giveaway/Schaller Hardware City Family Fun-Day
Monday, July 3rd vs. Somerset: Dollar Day Monday
Tuesday, July 4th vs. Somerset: Independence Day/Two-Fer Tuesday
Wednesday, July 5th vs. Somerset: YMCA Fun “4” Everyone Day
The Bees: New Britain is coming into Somerset fresh off of a home series victory against Sugar Land, taking 3 of 4 games. They have won 2 of their last 3 series. The Bees hit back to back home runs twice in that set against the Skeeters, the first and second times that has ever happened in Bees franchise history. Jordan Hinshaw extended his team leading hitting streak to 12 games in the series.
The Opposition: Somerset is coming back home after a brief 4 game road trip to Long Island. The series was split between the two teams at 2 games apiece. After their set against New Britain, Southern Maryland will come to Bridgewater to play the Patriots for 4 games. Somerset has several league leaders in the pitching department, with Rick Teasley leading in both wins (6) and ERA (1.99), along with Dave Kubiak, who leads the league in strikeouts (65).
Starters – New Britain: RHP Mike Lee (1-5, 5.14) | Somerset: LHP Rick Teasley (6-1, 1.99)
Key to the Game – Righty vs. Lefty: Rick Teasley is one of the top pitchers in the Atlantic League, leading in both wins and ERA. The southpaw will be taking on a New Britain lineup that is dominantly right handed, with James Skelton and Craig Maddox being the only regular starters who are lefties. Against left handed pitching this year, Michael Crouse is batting .347, hitting 3 of his 6 triples. Conor Bierfeldt is batting .325 against southpaws, hitting 4 of his 10 home runs. Look for the Bees to carry the offensive momentum over from the Sugar Land series, outsmart the southpaw and use their lineup to their advantage.
Bees Buzz: Last night’s game was Jovan Rosa’s 200th consecutive game as a New Britain Bee. He has played in every game in Bees franchise history. Overall, he has played in 223 consecutive games dating back to 2015, including postseason games…The Bees hit back to back home runs twice in their last series, the first two times that has ever happened in franchise history…Michael Crouse stole 2 bases yesterday, which ties the season high for most steals in a game by a Bees player. He leads the Atlantic League in stolen bases with 18…Jordan Hinshaw extended his team-leading hitting streak to 12 games yesterday…With 5 strikeouts last night, Kyle Simon is now 5 strikeouts away from 300 in his professional career…Stan Cliburn is 5 wins away from 100 wins as Bees manager.
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