NEW BRITAIN BEES (25-39) VS. LANCASTER BARNSTORMERS (34-29)
In 140 Characters or Less: New Britain sends Jonathan Pettibone to the hill as they aim to even the series with the Barnstormers tonight at 6:30 #NewBritainVsEverybody
Series: The series began last night with a 3-1 victory for Lancaster. All of the remaining games in the series are scheduled to start at 6:30 P.M. on their respective days. Game 2 will be tonight, game 3 tomorrow night, and the final game will be on Thursday night.
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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: Last night, New Britain’s bullpen got a much needed break thanks to an extended outing by Anthony Marzi, who pitched 7 strong innings, striking out 6 batters for the third time this season in an outing. The only reliever used was Mike Hepple, who allowed a run in his 1 inning of relief. Jovan Rosa hit his 7th home run of the season in the top of the 9th inning with 2 outs and a full count to break up Nate Reed’s shutout bid. Marzi still remains the only pitcher in the Atlantic League this season to have a complete game, 9 inning shutout.
The Opposition: Even though he didn’t earn the complete game shutout, Nate Reed was still the main headline for the Barnstormers last night. He pitched all 9 innings only surrendering the 9th inning home run to Jovan Rosa, striking out 12 Bees hitters along the way. That number is the most strikeouts he has had in a single game this season by a significant margin; his previous high being 8 strikeouts on April 27th, also against New Britain. The offense was led by Rico Noel’s 3 hits, Sean Halton’s home run and RBI knocks from both Lastings Milledge and Anderson De La Rosa.
Starters – New Britain: RHP Jonathan Pettibone (1-2, 2.61) | Lancaster: RHP Bryan Evans (4-2, 4.82)
Key to the Game – Keep it in the yard: The New Britain pitching staff has always been one of the best ones in the league in terms of home runs allowed, tied with Long Island for the fewest given up at 40. As of late, however, opponent hitters have been finding a groove and knocking the ball out of the park. In the last 3 games, opposing batters have combined to hit 6 homers, driving a grand total of 10 runs with the long ball. Look for the Bees pitchers to work extra hard to give Lancaster batters some trouble at the plate, keeping the ball down in the zone and scrambling their pitch selections to keep them guessing.
Bees Buzz: The strikeout of K.C. Hobson in the bottom of the 6th inning yesterday was Anthony Marzi’s 100th strikeout of his professional career…Jordan Hinshaw’s hitting streak was snapped at 14 games yesterday. That streak is now the longest in Bees franchise history, and is the second longest streak this season in the Atlantic League behind Anthony Giansanti of Sugar Land (26)…Last night’s game snapped New Britain’s streak of scoring in multiple innings of games at 4 consecutive games…Anthony Marzi struck out 6 batters in his outing yesterday, which ties the season high for most strikeouts in a single game by a Bees pitcher…Yusuke Kajimoto has recorded a hit in 4 of his last 5 games…After Jovan Rosa’s 9th inning home run to break up the shutout yesterday, Anthony Marzi is still the only pitcher in the Atlantic League this year to have a complete game 9 inning shutout. Nate Reed carried one through 8 2/3 innings last night…Jovan Rosa extended his consecutive games played for the Bees streak to 204 yesterday, and his overall consecutive games played streak to 227, including postseason.
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