SOMERSET PATRIOTS (0-1, 42-29) VS. NEW BRITAIN BEES (1-0, 27-44)
In 140 Characters or Less: The Bees celebrate Independence Day with FREE tickets to today’s game vs. Somerset for New Britain residents! #ItsBetterWithTheBees
Series: The Bees celebrate Independence Day week with a 3 game home series against Somerset. Game 1 ended with a 6-2 Bees victory. New Britain residents will receive a free ticket to game 2, which is this 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: Celebrate Independence Day with the New Britain Bees! All New Britain residents can get a ticket to the game for FREE with valid ID! Today’s game will begin at 2:05 P.M.!
The Bees: New Britain began the second half of the 2017 season with a victory over Somerset yesterday, who came in 1st place in the Liberty Division for the first half. Conor Bierfeldt and James Skelton each hit solo shots in the game, for Bierfeldt it was his team leading 13th homer. Jovan Rosa tallied 2 RBI with a single in the 5th inning. On the mound, Kyle Simon pitched 7 innings, only allowing 1 run and striking out 4 batters.
The Opposition: For the second straight time, Rick Teasley struggled against the New Britain offense. In his first start against the Bees on June 23rd at Somerset, he allowed 13 hits and 5 runs. Last night he allowed 8 hits and 4 runs. Both Somerset runs came off of the bat of Kyle Roller, who drove in one of them with a single in the 6th and another after reaching on an error in the 8th.
Starting Pitchers – New Britain: RHP Mike Lee (2-5, 4.45) | Somerset: RHP Lucas Irvine (4-2, 4.91)
Key to the Game – Back up Bierfeldt: Lucas Irvine has faced the Bees twice so far this season. Conor Bierfeldt is batting .333 against him, including 2 home runs and 3 RBI. Through his last 5 games, Bierfeldt is batting .357 with a home run last night, along with 2 RBI. With his hot bat, both as of late and against Irvine, lurking in the middle of the lineup, look for the Bees to revolve their offensive momentum around it. Look for them to use their batting order to their advantage, with the top half getting on base to generate opportunities for Bierfeldt as well as the bottom half bringing him around when he gets on base.
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Bees Buzz: Last night’s game was Jamar Walton’s 1,000th game of his professional career…Conor Bierfeldt has hit the first home run of each half for the Bees this season…The Bees have started out both halves of the 2017 season against a left handed pitcher…Conor Bierfeldt’s home run yesterday was his team leading 13th home run of the season….Yesterday was the first game that the Bees were in the lead after 7 innings since June 23rd, also against Somerset…Brandon Fry has not allowed a run in 9 of his last 10 outings…Conor Bierfeldt has reached base safely in 12 consecutive games…Michael Baca has recorded multiple hits in 3 of his last 5 games…James Skelton has homered twice through his past 3 games…Stan Cliburn is 2 wins away from 100 wins as manager of the Bees…Jovan Rosa extended his consecutive games played for the Bees streak to 211 yesterday, and his overall consecutive games played streak to 234, 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.
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