NEW BRITAIN BEES (2-2, 28-46) VS. BRIDGEPORT BLUEFISH (3-2, 44-31)
In 140 Characters or Less: Dupra on the mound as New Britain looks to even the series with Bridgeport at 1 game apiece tonight at 6:12 #NewBritainVsEverybody
Series: This will be the final series for the Bees before the All-Star break. Game 1 resulted in a 5-3 Bridgeport victory after a late rally from New Britain fell short. Game 2 will be tonight at 6:12. The set will wrap up on Sunday afternoon at 1:12.
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The Bees: Early on in last night’s game, the New Britain offense was silent. Nobody had reached base until Jamar Walton recorded a single with 1 out in the top of the 6th inning. Down 5-0 at the time, the Bees would rally to score 3 runs in the top of the 7th, but the late comeback would fall short as Bridgeport held on to secure the win. The New Britain bullpen combined for 4 innings of relief, limiting Bridgeport to just 3 hits, striking out 7 batters along the way.
The Opposition: Cory Riordan’s pitching was dominant in last night’s game. He totaled 10 strikeouts across 7 innings with no walks. He allowed 2 earned runs. Tony Abreu recorded 3 hits in the game, and D’Arby Myers would notch 2 of his own, including the game winning RBI double in the bottom of the 4th inning. It gave the Bluefish a 5-0 lead at the time, which would be enough to get the victory.
Starting Pitchers – New Britain: RHP Brian Dupra (3-6, 4.91) | Bridgeport: RHP Jonathan Albaladejo (5-6, 4.73)
Key to the Game – Put the ball in play: One crucial factor that contributed to New Britain’s loss yesterday was the strikeout total. Bees hitters struck out 14 times with starting pitcher Cory Riordan recording 10 of them alone. Jonathan Albaladejo is prone to strike out batters as well, totaling 28 strikeouts through his last 3 starts (18 1/3 innings). What should be noted is that things can happen if the ball is put in play against the Bluefish, who have the worst fielding percentage in the league (.971), committing 75 errors on the season. Look for New Britain to aim for contact whenever they are at the plate, forcing the Bridgeport defense to make the play and earn the out whenever they are presented with the opportunity.
Bees Buzz: Craig Maddox has recorded a hit in 9 consecutive games…Brandon Shimo has not allowed an earned run in 7 of his last 8 outings (10 innings)…New Britain’s streak of scoring first was snapped at 4 games yesterday…Mike Hepple has recorded 6 strikeouts through his last 4 outings (5 innings)…Conor Bierfeldt’s on base streak was snapped at 13 games yesterday. It remains the second highest on base streak by any Bees player this season…The Bees were held scoreless until the 7th inning or later yesterday for the first time since June 10th against Somerset…Stan Cliburn is 1 win away from 100 wins as manager of the Bees…Jovan Rosa extended his consecutive games played for the Bees streak to 214 yesterday, and his overall consecutive games played streak to 237, including postseason.
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