SOMERSET PATRIOTS (42-28) VS. NEW BRITAIN BEES (26-44)
In 140 Characters or Less: With the 1st half of the season in the books, the Bees and Pats kick off the 2nd half at New Britain Stadium at 6:35 #ItsBetterWithTheBees
Series: The Bees celebrate Independence Day week with a 3 game home series against Somerset. Game 1 is tonight at 6:35 P.M. New Britain residents will receive a free ticket to game 2, which is tomorrow afternoon at a special 2:05 start time. The set, as well as the home stand, will conclude on Wednesday night at 6:35.
TICKETS:BUY HERE | Available at the New Britain Stadium Box Office | Call 860-826-BEES
PROMOTIONS: The Bees kick off the second half of the 2017 season on a Dollar Day Monday at New Britain Stadium! Hot dogs, chips, popcorn and more are all priced at just $1 at every concession stand throughout the game!
The Bees: New Britain concluded the first half at home with Bridgeport, and will begin the second half at home with Somerset. Conor Bierfeldt totaled 4 hits in yesterday’s doubleheader, including a 3-3 performance in game 2. James Skelton and Craig Maddox both reached career milestones in game 2. It was Skelton’s 1,000th career game, and Maddox notched his 700th career hit with an RBI single in the 1st inning.
The Opposition: Somerset ended their first half in Lancaster, and will begin their second half at New Britain. The Patriots have lost 4 of their last 6 games, including a series loss to the Barnstormers. Regardless of the recent record, Kyle Roller has been swinging a hot bat for the Patriots, going 8-16 with 3 home runs and 11 RBI in his last 5 games.
Starting Pitchers – New Britain: RHP Kyle Simon (4-5, 4.64) | Somerset: LHP Rick Teasley (7-1, 2.55)
Key to the Game – Rematch with Teasley: Somerset starting pitcher Rick Teasley faced New Britain in Somerset on June 23, two starts ago. He is bound to be familiar with the Bees offense, as they totaled 13 hits off of him in his 5 innings of work. Those 13 hits were the most hits he has given up all season by a significant margin, the previous high being 8 against Lancaster. The Bees would go on to win that contest 5-4. Look for New Britain to kick off the second half of their season by continuing their success against Teasley, making him uncomfortable on the mound at a road ballpark.
Bees Buzz: Game 1 yesterday was the first time that Jordan Hinshaw batted in the leadoff spot as a member of the Bees…Jovan Rosa’s streak of recording multiple hits in consecutive games was snapped at 4 after game 1 yesterday…Game 2 of yesterday’s doubleheader was James Skelton’s 1,000th career game…After playing in both games of the doubleheader yesterday, Jamar Walton is now 2 games away from 1,000 games in his career…Conor Bierfeldt had 3 hits in game 2 yesterday, making the game his second 3-hit performance of the season…Conor Bierfeldt has reached base safely in 11 consecutive games…With a double in game 1 and an RBI single in game 2 yesterday, Craig Maddox has reached 700 total hits in his professional career…Jovan Rosa extended his consecutive games played for the Bees streak to 210 after playing in both games of the twin bill yesterday, and his overall consecutive games played streak to 233, including postseason.
About the New Britain Bees
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