BRIDGEPORT BLUEFISH (39-29) VS. NEW BRITAIN BEES (26-42)
In 140 Characters or Less: The Bees and Fish face off in a Sunday afternoon doubleheader first half finale, game 1 begins at 1 PM! #ItsBetterWithTheBees
Series: The Bees conclude the first half of the 2017 season hosting their in-state rival for a 3 game set at New Britain Stadium. The first game of the series was played last night, originally scheduled for Friday night but it had to be postponed due to inclement weather. Bridgeport secured a 6-5 victory in the game. The second and third games of the series will be played in a single admission doubleheader this afternoon, with game 1 beginning at 1:00 P.M.
TICKETS: BUY HERE | Available at the New Britain Stadium Box Office | Call 860-826-BEES
PROMOTIONS: Sundays are Schaller Hardware City Family Fun-Days at New Britain Stadium! Before game 1, fans can get autographs from Bees players at 12:15. After game 2, all kids are invited to run the bases!
The Bees: A large majority of the scoring yesterday from New Britain came late in the game after being faced with a moderate deficit. By the time the top of the 6th inning was over, Bridgeport had a 6-2 lead, but that wouldn’t last through the bottom half as the Bees put up 3 runs of their own. Their first two runs came in the 2nd inning when Jordan Hinshaw and Michael Baca hit back to back RBI doubles. The 6th was led by a home run from James Skelton and a 2 RBI single from Michael Crouse.
The Opposition: In the final 2 innings yesterday, the Bridgeport bullpen held New Britain to just 1 hit, and struck out 3 batters. Starter Rainy Lara gave up all 5 runs in the contest, 3 of them were earned. The main offensive headline for the Bluefish was Jose Gil, who went 2-3 on the night with a double and a 3 run home run. D’Arby Myers also had a home run of his own along with a triple, and drove in 2 runs.
Starting Pitchers –
Game 1: New Britain: RHP Brian Dupra (3-5, 4.65) | Bridgeport: RHP Kevin Jefferis (0-0, 0.00)
Game 2: New Britain: RHP Jonathan Pettibone (1-3, 3.71) | Bridgeport: RHP Cory Riordan (5-3, 3.42)
Key to the Game – Limit early Bridgeport offense: In 32 of New Britain’s 42 losses so far this season, their opponent has scored in either the 1st inning, 2nd inning, or both of them. In the past 4 wins that the Bees have had, their opponent did not score in the 2nd inning. Being the home team and giving up an early lead has a tendency to slow down offensive momentum. Look for the Bees pitching staff to stand their ground, holding Bridgeport scoreless through the first several innings and beyond, giving their own offense more opportunities to strike at an early lead.
Bees Buzz: Last night’s game was the highest scoring 1 run game that New Britain has lost this season…Jovan Rosa has recorded multiple hits in 4 consecutive games…James Skelton hit his 7th home run of the season yesterday, a solo shot to lead off the 6th…With 1 hit yesterday, Craig Maddox now has 698 hits in his career…Nick Greenwood suffered his first loss as a Bee yesterday…Michael Baca has recorded multiple hits in back to back games…James Skelton and Jamar Walton are both approaching 1,000 career games played. After last night’s game, Skelton is 1 away, and Walton is 3 away…Last night’s game was Michael Crouse’s 11th multi-RBI game of the season. He is now tied for the team lead in that category with Conor Bierfeldt…Jovan Rosa extended his consecutive games played for the Bees streak to 208 yesterday, and his overall consecutive games played streak to 231, including postseason.
About the New Britain Bees
The New Britain Bees are in their second season of play as a member of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball and play at New Britain Stadium. For further information or to reserve seats, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 860-826-BEES (2337), or visit NBBees.com.
About the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB)
The Atlantic League has been a leader in professional baseball and a gateway to Major League Baseball since 1998. Over 36 million fans have attended Atlantic League games and more than 800 players and 50 managers and coaches have joined MLB organizations directly from the ALPB. The Atlantic League emphasizes winning baseball games, showcasing the talent of top-caliber players and offering affordable family entertainment to metropolitan markets serving nearly 15% of the US population.