NEW BRITAIN BEES (3-2, 29-46) VS. BRIDGEPORT BLUEFISH (3-3, 44-32)
In 140 Characters or Less: The Bees play Bridgeport this afternoon in their final game before the All-Star break, first pitch set for 1:12 PM #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. The Bees evened the series in game 2 with a 7-6 win, securing the 100th win in franchise history. The set will wrap up this afternoon at 1:12.
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The Bees: In last night’s game, the New Britain offense shined, totaling 17 hits on the night, good for second most in a game in franchise history. All 9 of the batters in the starting lineup had at least 1 hit, and 6 of those 9 had multiple hits. Craig Maddox and Jovan Rosa drove in 2 RBI each, while James Skelton and Jamar Walton would be credited with the other RBI. Shawn Gilblair earned his 6th save of the season in the contest, now tying the retired Joe Beimel for most saves by a Bees pitcher this season.
The Opposition: Bridgeport starter Jonathan Albaladejo struggled in the 5 innings of his start, allowing 5 runs off of 12 hits. He did keep his strikeout reputation alive, recording 12 strikeouts during his outing. Jose Cuevas hit his third home run of the season in the 4th inning, a 3 run shot that would give Bridgeport the 6-5 lead at the time. The lead would not last, however, as New Britain would battle back to tie it up in the 7th and score the game winning run in the 9th off of a throwing error by Angel Rosa.
Starting Pitchers – New Britain: RHP Kyle Simon (5-5, 4.31) | Bridgeport: RHP Charles Brewer (4-2, 4.70)
Key to the Game – Shining stars: This game is New Britain’s last game before the All-Star break, and it’s only appropriate that now would be an opportune time for the Bees’ All-Stars to shine. Look for standout performances from Conor Bierfeldt, Michael Crouse, Nate Roe, and 2 time Bees All-Star Jovan Rosa. Last night the three hitters went a combined 6-13 with 3 doubles, and Roe pitched 1 1/3 scoreless relief innings, only allowing 1 hit. Look for them to keep the momentum going in their favor and help New Britain get the series win.
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Bees Buzz: Last night’s win is the 100th win in New Britain Bees franchise history. It was also the 100th win for Stan Cliburn as manager of the Bees…That win was New Britain’s 11th come from behind win this season…The Bees are now 12-9 in one run games…Tsuyoshi Fujiwara made his first professional start yesterday, batting in the 9th spot of the batting order and playing second base. He went 3-5 on the night last night…Jordan Hinshaw has stolen a base in 3 consecutive games…Craig Maddox has recorded an RBI in 3 consecutive games, and 4 of his last 6 games…The Bees had 17 hits in last night’s game, the second most in a game in franchise history…Jordan Hinshaw has 3 total RBI in his past 2 games…Brandon Shimo has not allowed an earned run in 8 of his last 9 appearances…Yesterday’s game was Brandon Fry’s 38th appearance of the season. That ties his career high for most appearances in a season…Craig Maddox has recorded a hit in 10 consecutive games…Jovan Rosa extended his consecutive games played for the Bees streak to 215 yesterday, and his overall consecutive games played streak to 238, including postseason.
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