SOMERSET PATRIOTS (1-1, 43-29) VS. NEW BRITAIN BEES (1-1, 27-45)
In 140 Characters or Less: It’s YMCA Fun “4” Everyone Day as the Bees and Patriots conclude their series tonight at 6:35, Greenwood gets the nod #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. Game 2 was played on Independence Day, and Somerset got the win 8-4. The set, as well as the home stand, will conclude tonight at 6:35.
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The Bees: New Britain got on the board first for the third consecutive game when Michael Crouse led off the bottom of the 3rd inning with a solo home run. For Crouse it was his 11th homer of the season. He is second on the team in home runs behind Conor Bierfeldt with 13. Mike Lee tossed a quality outing, only allowing 1 run and 4 hits through 6 1/3 innings of work. Tsuyoshi Fujiwara made his professional debut pinch hitting in the bottom of the 8th inning, and drove in 2 runs with a double.
The Opposition: Starting pitcher Lucas Irvine was going back and forth with Mike Lee through his outing, the only blemish being the Crouse home run in the 3rd inning. They both exchanged zeroes until the top of the 7th when Brandon Fry threw a wild pitch with the bases loaded, bringing home Christian Marrero from third. Then in the top of the 8th, Christian Marrero and Olmo Rosario would tally RBI hits to give Somerset the lead. Kyle Roller would top off the frame with a 2 run home run, which would prove to be the game winning hit.
Starting Pitchers – New Britain: LHP Greg Nappo (0-0, 27.00) | Somerset: RHP Will Oliver (3-1, 5.40)
Key to the Game – No RISP: The Patriots have a .292 batting average whenever they have runners in scoring position, which is the best in the league just in front of Bridgeport (.290). In 746 at bats they have driven in 302 runs and homered 10 times. Throughout most of his outing yesterday, Mike Lee allowed very few base runners, resulting in the Patriots offense putting zeroes on the board. Look for Nick Greenwood and the Bees bullpen to put together strong performances on the mound, not allowing any runners to get into scoring position, limiting the damage that the Somerset offense is capable of.
Song of the Day: Sly and the Family Stone - Hot Fun in the Summertime
Bees Buzz: Tsuyoshi Fujiwara made his professional debut yesterday pinch hitting in the bottom of the 8th inning, and recorded his first career hit and RBI with a 2 run double…Mike Lee recorded 6 strikeouts in his outing yesterday, which ties the season high by any Bees pitcher for most strikeouts in a game…The Bees have hit 6 home runs through their last 6 games…Jake McGuiggan recorded 3 hits in a game for the first time yesterday since August 28th last season, also against Somerset…Brandon Fry has not allowed a run in 10 of his last 11 outings (8 innings)…The Bees have scored first in 3 consecutive games…With 1/3 of an inning of relief yesterday, Brandon Fry is now 10 innings away from 100 innings pitched as a Bee…Conor Bierfeldt has reached base safely in 12 consecutive games…Jovan Rosa extended his consecutive games played for the Bees streak to 212 yesterday, and his overall consecutive games played streak to 235, including postseason.
About the New Britain Bees
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