SOUTHERN MARYLAND BLUE CRABS (5-3, 43-34) VS. NEW BRITAIN BEES (4-4, 30-48)
In 140 Characters or Less: Pregame autographs, Bees vs Blue Crabs at 1:35, and postgame kids run the bases this afternoon at New Britain Stadium! #ItsBetterWithTheBees
Series: Game 1 of the series was an 11 inning affair which saw the Blue Crabs come out victorious 5-4. New Britain evened the series with a 4-1 win in game 2 last night. The set will wrap up this afternoon at 1:35.
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PROMOTIONS: Every Sunday game at New Britain Stadium is Schaller Hardware City Family Fun-Day! Fans can get autographs from their favorite Bees players on the field before the game, and kids can run the bases on the field after the game!
The Bees: Kyle Simon was the main headline coming out of last night’s game for New Britain. The right hander tossed his first complete game of the season, allowing only 1 run off of 7 hits and striking out 8 batters. The Bees offense had to come from behind to secure the victory. An RBI double by James Skelton tied it in the bottom of the 1st, then a 3 run 6th inning did the damage, led by a 2 run home run by Jovan Rosa and an RBI single by Jamar Walton.
The Opposition: Southern Maryland was the first to score in the game with a solo home run by Zach Wilson in the top of the 1st. That would be the only run that the Blue Crabs offense would generate off of Kyle Simon. Base runners were very scarce for Southern Maryland, having only scored 1 run and leaving 4 runners on base throughout all 9 innings. Starter Drew Hayes was going back and forth with Simon, exchanging scoreless frames until the Bees scored the game winning runs in the 6th.
Starting Pitchers – New Britain: RHP Mike Lee (2-5, 4.13) | Southern Maryland: RHP Brian Grening (7-3, 2.77)
Key to the Game – Bottom of the order: The back end of New Britain’s batting order has been vicious throughout this series against the Blue Crabs. Jordan Hinshaw, Michael Crouse, and Jamar Walton, who have all been in the 6, 7 and 8 spots respectively, have gone a combined 9-24 (.375) with a double, a home run, 5 RBI, and 3 runs scored. Each one of them have recorded at least 1 hit in each game, Walton having notched multiple hits in 5 consecutive games overall. Look for the New Britain lineup to revolve around the offense generated by the bottom of the batting order, allowing the top part to use their speed to their advantage, creating offensive opportunities throughout the contest.
Bees Buzz: Jamar Walton’s batting average against the Blue Crabs has climbed from .211 when the series began to .267 after last night’s game…Last night’s game was Kyle Simon’s second 9 inning performance of the season, and his first official complete game of 2017…In his outing, Kyle Simon struck out 8 batters. That’s a new season high for strikeouts in a single game by a Bees pitcher…Jovan Rosa has hit New Britain’s two most recent 2 run home runs. One in last night’s game, and the other on June 22nd against Sugar Land…Last night’s win was New Britain’s 12th come from behind win of the season…With 2 hits in last night’s game, James Skelton is now 1 hit away from 800 hits in his professional career…Jamar Walton has recorded multiple hits in 5 consecutive games…Kyle Simon has pitched in 7 or more innings in 5 consecutive starts…Jovan Rosa extended his consecutive games played for the Bees streak to 218, and his overall consecutive games played streak to 241, including postseason.
About the New Britain Bees
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