NEW BRITAIN BEES (25-41) VS. LANCASTER BARNSTORMERS (36-29)
In 140 Characters or Less: The Bees send Mike Lee to the mound as they look to salvage a victory in their 4 game set with Lancaster at 6:30 #NewBritainVsEverybody
Series: The series began last night with a 3-1 victory for Lancaster. Game 2 featured 23 combined runs and 26 combined hits, resulting in a 14-9 win for the Barnstormers. Lancaster also secured a victory in game 3 last night, 5-3. The final game of the 4 game set will be tonight at 6:30.
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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: All of New Britain’s scoring was done in the first two innings of last night’s game. They had not scored in the first 2 innings at all throughout this entire series against Lancaster until last night, putting up 2 runs in the 1st and then another run in the 2nd. In the 1st, back to back singles by Jovan Rosa and Craig Maddox followed by a walk to Conor Bierfeldt would load the bases for Jamar Walton, who hit a 2 RBI single. In the 2nd, Yusuke Kajimoto would steal second base, and a fielding error by the shortstop would allow Jordan Hinshaw to score from third.
The Opposition: Dating back to before this series, Lancaster is currently riding a 4 game winning streak. Through the first two innings, the Barnstormers were able to counter the runs scored by the Bees in the top halves with equal amounts in the bottom halves. An RBI groundout by Drew Doty in the bottom of the 4th would prove to be the game winner, giving Lancaster a 4-3 lead at the time. Starting pitcher Rommie Lewis made his first start against the Bees this season, pitching 5 1/3 innings and striking out 6 hitters.
Starting Pitchers – New Britain: RHP Mike Lee (1-5, 4.91) | Lancaster: LHP Jarret Leverett (4-3, 5.59)
Key to the Game – Less than 5 runs: The Lancaster offense has given New Britain pitchers a heavy amount of trouble during this series, outscoring the Bees 22-13 through the first 3 games. New Britain held Lancaster to just 5 runs in game 3 after allowing 14, the most in franchise history, in game 2. When the Bees hold their opponent to 4 or fewer runs they are 22-13 on the season. Look for Mike Lee and the New Britain pitching staff to continue shifting the momentum in their favor, putting a stop to Lancaster offensive threats and holding a lead of their own.
Bees Buzz: Last night’s game was Kyle Simon’s 200th game of his professional career…With the strikeout of Garrett Weber in the bottom of the 5th inning yesterday, Kyle Simon has reached 300 strikeouts in his professional career…Michael Crouse stole his team leading 19th base in the 6th inning yesterday…With 3 hits last night, Jovan Rosa is now tied for the team lead with Conor Bierfeldt for the team lead in 3 hit games at 3…Kyle Simon struck out 6 batters in his outing yesterday, which ties the season high for most strikeouts in a game by a Bees pitcher…Jamar Walton has recorded multiple RBI in 2 games in the past week…With 1 hit last night, Craig Maddox is now 5 hits away from 700 hits in his professional career…Jamar Walton has recorded multiple hits in 4 of his last 7 games. His three hit performance yesterday is his 4th of the season, he is second on the team in that category behind Jon Griffin who has 6 three hit games…In 7 of his last 8 appearances, Brandon Fry has not allowed a run…Both James Skelton and Jamar Walton are approaching 1,000 career games played. After last night’s game, Skelton is 3 games away, and Walton is 5 games away…Yusuke Kajimoto has tallied multiple hits in 5 of his last 7 games…Jovan Rosa extended his consecutive games played for the Bees streak to 206 yesterday, and his overall consecutive games played streak to 229, including postseason.
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