NEW BRITAIN BEES (25-37) VS. SOMERSET PATRIOTS (38-24)
In 140 Characters or Less: With the series even at 1 apiece, the Bees send Dupra to the mound, looking for a series win over Somerset at 1:05 #NewBritainVsEverybody
Series: New Britain began their series in Somerset with a 12 inning contest, outlasting the Patriots 5-4 thanks to a solo shot by Craig Maddox. Somerset took the victory in game 2 by a 12-3 final score. The set will wrap up this 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/New Britain Day
Wednesday, July 5th vs. Somerset: YMCA Fun “4” Everyone Day
The Bees: New Britain scored in the 1st inning for the third straight game last night with an RBI double by James Skelton and a sacrifice fly by Craig Maddox. Conor Bierfeldt would hit his team leading 11th home run in the top of the 5th inning to make the New Britain lead 3-1. Nick Greenwood’s scoreless innings streak as a Bee was snapped at 22 in the 4th inning, the first time he has ever given up a run in the Atlantic League.
The Opposition: Somerset was forced to play from behind early on. Olmo Rosario homered in the 4th inning, which cut New Britain’s lead to 2-1 at the time. Then, in the bottom of the 5th inning, the flood gates opened. They sent 12 batters to the plate, 7 of them came across to score. That number ties the season high for most runs scored in a single inning by any Bees opponent. Tyler Bortnick led the offensive surge with a grand slam. 6 of the 7 runs that were scored came with 2 outs in the inning.
Starters – New Britain: RHP Brian Dupra (3-4, 3.93) | Somerset: RHP Will Oliver (2-0, 3.74)
Key to the Game – Make Oliver work: Even though Somerset starter Will Oliver is 2-0 with an ERA under 4, the right hander has never pitched more than 4 1/3 innings in an outing this season. He has appeared in 8 games, only 2 of them were starts. Throughout this series, Somerset batters have been harassing the New Britain bullpen, forcing them to use a large quantity of relievers and making fewer of them available. Look for the Bees offense to stand strong and put together a few long, drawn out innings in which they send many batters to the plate, potentially putting up a large number of runs on the board. It will turn the tables on the Somerset pitching staff, and give Brian Dupra some extra rest between innings.
Bees Buzz: Brian Dupra is 4 2/3 innings away from 500 innings pitched in his professional career…Jordan Hinshaw extended his hitting streak to 13 games yesterday…Conor Bierfeldt hit his team leading 11th home run yesterday. His last 2 home runs have come against Lucas Irvine…Jordan Hinshaw hit a triple yesterday, his first of the season and his first since 2015…The Bees allowed 10 or more runs on the road for the first time yesterday since August 8th of last season in York…Nick Greenwood’s consecutive scoreless innings streak as a Bee was snapped at 22 innings after a solo shot by Olmo Rosario in the 4th inning yesterday. His Atlantic League career ERA is now 0.40…Yusuke Kajimoto has notched multiple hits in 3 consecutive games…Somerset scored 7 runs in the bottom of the 5th inning yesterday, which ties the most runs the Bees have given up in a single inning this season. When they took the lead in that inning, it was the first time that the Bees trailed in a game since the top of the 8th inning on June 21st against Sugar Land…Last night’s game was Jordan Hinshaw’s first start as the designated hitter of the season, and the first time he batted out of the 6th spot in the batting order this season…Jovan Rosa extended his consecutive games played for the Bees streak to 202 yesterday, and his overall consecutive games played streak to 225, including postseason.
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