NEW BRITAIN BEES (6-7, 32-51) VS. SOMERSET PATRIOTS (6-7, 48-35)
In 140 Characters or Less: Eric Fornataro makes his 1st start since June 17th tonight in Bridgewater as Bees continue their series vs. Somerset #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. The Patriots won in game 1 of the series last night 5-1. Game 2 is tonight at 7:05. Game 3 will be tomorrow 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: The New Britain bullpen was stretched thin after being heavily used in the Long Island series, and Kyle Simon came to the rescue. He tossed his second consecutive complete game last night, giving the bullpen a day off. He allowed 5 total runs, 4 of them earned, and struck out 3 batters. The lone Bees run came in the top of the 7th inning, when the offense used small ball to their advantage. Michael Crouse led off with a double, Jamar Walton moved him over to third with a groundout, and Michael Baca brought him home with a sacrifice fly.
The Opposition: Somerset ended their brief 2 game losing streak with the win over New Britain. Kyle Roller was the main story on offense for the Patriots. He hit two 2 run home runs, totaling 4 RBI on the night. The other Somerset run came from an RBI single by Aharon Eggleston to bring home Justin Pacchioli from second base. A.J. Achter picked up his first Atlantic League win after coming on in relief of starter Will Oliver in the 5th inning. Achter threw 2 shutout innings, only allowing 2 hits.
Starting Pitchers – New Britain: RHP Eric Fornataro (0-2, 6.08) | Somerset: RHP Lucas Irvine (6-2, 3.95)
Key to the Game – No opponent home runs: In New Britain’s last 6 games, their opponent has averaged 2 home runs per game, hitting 12 total. 7 of those 12 have been for multiple runs. Enter Eric Fornataro, who has only allowed 2 home runs in 37 total innings pitched this season. Look for the New Britain pitching staff to follow Fornataro’s lead, keep the ball in the yard, and lessen the damage done by the opposing offense.
Bees Buzz: Kyle Simon has tossed consecutive complete games…James Skelton had 4 hits in last night’s game, his first 4 hit game since July 31st of last season against Southern Maryland and his first 3+ hit game this season…Kyle Simon has pitched 7 or more innings in 6 consecutive outings…Craig Maddox has extended both his hitting and on base streaks to 14 consecutive games yesterday, which ties the season high in both categories set by Jordan Hinshaw. 14 consecutive games is the New Britain franchise record for a hitting streak by a single player…The Bees now lead the Atlantic League in complete games with 5 total on the season…New Britain’s streak of hitting a home run in consecutive games was snapped at 6 yesterday…Last night’s game was New Britain’s first game to have a rain delay and then later resume without being suspended or postponed…Jovan Rosa extended his consecutive games played for the Bees streak to 223 yesterday, and his overall consecutive games played streak to 246, including postseason.
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