NEW BRITAIN BEES (6-8, 32-52) VS. SOMERSET PATRIOTS (7-7, 49-35)
In 140 Characters or Less: Nick Greenwood and the Bees aim to close their road trip with a series win against Somerset tonight at 5:05 PM #NewBritainVsEverybody
Series: The Patriots won in game 1 of the series on Thursday night 5-1. Somerset was also victorious in game 2 by a score of 5-2. Game 3 was postponed due to inclement weather, and will be made up at a later date. The series, as well as the road trip, will conclude tonight 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: New Britain’s 2 runs on Friday came in different innings; one in the 3rd and one in the 5th. The first run came on an RBI single by Michael Baca to bring home Ivan Villaescusa from second base to give the Bees an early 1-0 lead. The second run came from Ivan Villaescusa’s first Atlantic League home run in the top of the 5th inning, which gave New Britain a 2-1 lead at the time. Mike Hepple, Nate Roe, and Brandon League combined to pitch 3 1/3 innings of relief without allowing an earned run.
The Opposition: Somerset starter Connor Root has made 2 relief appearances against New Britain, allowing 5 hits and 3 earned runs through 4 1/3 innings pitched. Of Somerset’s 5 total runs on Friday, only 1 of them was scored off of a base hit. 3 of them were scored with bases loaded walks, and another on a wild pitch. Yovan Gonzalez had 3 hits in the game, including an RBI single to score the other Somerset run. 8 total Patriots batters drew a walk in the contest on Friday, which ties the season high for most walks drawn in a single game by a Bees opponent.
Starting Pitchers – New Britain: LHP Nick Greenwood (0-2, 6.27) | Somerset: RHP Connor Root (0-0, 4.15)
Key to the Game – Small ball tactics: Connor Root has only made 1 start this season of his 6 total games pitched. In those 6 games, he has allowed 19 total hits through 17 1/3 innings, however only 4 of the hits were for extra bases: 2 home runs, 1 double and 1 triple. His one and only start came on July 18th against Bridgeport. In that game he gave up 4 runs through 4 innings off of 7 hits, and only 1 of those hits were for extra bases. Look for the Bees to create small ball tactics against Root, from drawing walks with extra plate discipline to sacrificing outs to generate more offensive opportunities.
Bees Buzz: Ivan Villaescusa’s home run in the top of the 5th inning on Friday was his first home run of his Atlantic League career, and his first professional home run since 2011…All of the scoring in Friday night’s game for both sides came with 2 outs in their respective innings…In 15 games against the Patriots this season, the Bees have scored first in 10 of them…Michael Baca has recorded 6 total hits through his last 3 games…Mike Hepple has not allowed a run in 6 consecutive outings (8 total innings)…Jon Griffin is 2 games away from 700 games in his professional career…Craig Maddox’s hitting and on base streaks were snapped at 14 games on Friday night. He is now tied with Jordan Hinshaw for the longest streaks in both of those categories. 14 games is the franchise record for the Bees in consecutive games with a hit by a single player…The Bees have hit 7 home runs through their last 5 games…New Britain has not won a game this season where their opponent has scored exactly 5 runs. They are 0-15 in that situation…Jovan Rosa extended his consecutive games played for the Bees streak to 224 on Friday, and his overall consecutive games played streak to 247, including postseason.
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