NEW BRITAIN BEES (6-6, 32-50) VS. SOMERSET PATRIOTS (5-7, 47-35)
In 140 Characters or Less: #SimonSays it’s time to visit Bridgewater to face Somerset in a 4 game series! First pitch for game 1 at 7:05 #NewBritainVsEverybody
Series: New Britain’s 7 day, 7 game road trip will conclude in New Jersey as they take on the Somerset Patriots for 4 games. Game 1 is tonight at 7:05, followed by game 2 tomorrow night at 7:05. Game 3 will be on Saturday night at 7:05, and the set will conclude Sunday evening at 5:05.
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Monday, July 24th vs. Lancaster: Dollar Day Monday
Tuesday, July 25th vs. Lancaster: Camp Day Game/Two-Fer Tuesday
Wednesday, July 26th vs. Lancaster: YMCA Giveaway/YMCA Fun “4” Everyone Day
Thursday, July 27th vs. Lancaster: Coors Light Cup Giveaway/Irish Heritage Night/Thirsty Thursday/TD Bank Night
Friday, July 28th vs. York: Fat Tire Friday/Foul Pole Friday
Saturday, July 29th vs. York: Bees Block Party/Stanley Tape Measure Giveaway/FIREWORKS!
Sunday, July 30th vs. York: Linda Cohn First Pitch/Schaller Hardware City Family Fun-Day
The Bees: Even though New Britain ended up on the losing side of last night’s game against Long Island, Jamar Walton was a standout in the game. He hit 2 home runs, his second multi-home run game of the season, including a grand slam in the top of the 6th inning. The slam was the first for New Britain since June 17th last season, and the third in franchise history. He totaled 5 RBI in the game, the first 5 RBI game of his Atlantic League career.
The Opposition: Somerset is coming back home after being on the road for 6 games with visits to Long Island and, most recently, Bridgeport. The Patriots won the series in Long Island 2-1, but were defeated in their series against the Bluefish, losing their last 2 games. Alfredo Rodriguez has tallied a .400 batting average through his last 8 games with 2 RBI. On the mound, Lucas Irvine has gone 2-0 with 11 strikeouts through 13 2/3 innings and only gave up 1 earned run through Somerset’s last 10 games.
Starting Pitchers – New Britain: RHP Kyle Simon (6-6, 4.24) | Somerset: RHP Will Oliver (3-2, 5.84)
Key to the Game – Extra, early bases: When Somerset came to New Britain for a 3 game set earlier in the month, the Bees won the series 2 games to 1 thanks to a large amount of early offense and extra base hits. The game on July 5th was actually started by Will Oliver, who gave up 4 runs through his 7 innings of work, and 3 of them were scored in the 1st inning thanks to a 3 run home run by Jovan Rosa. In their last 3 games, the Bees have had 10 extra base hits, all helping to put up the 17 total runs scored in the series. Look for the Bees to continue giving Oliver some trouble on the mound, aiming for extra bases to send runners around and bring them home.
Bees Buzz: Jamar Walton hit a grand slam in the bottom of the 6th inning yesterday, the third grand slam in Bees franchise history, the first one since June 17th last season, and the first on the road since May 28th. Two of those grand slams have been hit at Long Island…James Skelton hit his third leadoff home run of the season in last night’s game, his most recent one coming on May 19th…Michael Baca recorded 3 hits in last night’s game, his first 3 hit game of his professional career...Michael Crouse has stolen a base in back to back games, and in 3 of his last 4 games…Last night’s game was Jamar Walton’s first 5 RBI game of his Atlantic League career. He joins Michael Crouse as the only Bees players to have a 5 RBI performance this season…Brian Dupra allowed 11 runs yesterday in his outing, 9 of them earned. That’s a season high in both categories by any Bees pitcher…New Britain has hit at least 1 home run in 6 consecutive games…Craig Maddox has recorded a hit and reached base safely in 13 consecutive games…Mike Hepple has pitched at least 1 scoreless inning of relief in all 3 games of the series against Long Island, and has not allowed a run in 5 consecutive outings…The only Bees bench player who did not see any playing time yesterday was Yusuke Kajimoto…Jovan Rosa extended his consecutive games played for the Bees streak to 222 yesterday, and his overall consecutive games played streak to 245, including postseason.
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