In 140 Characters or Less: The first 1000 fans take home a Bees water bottle as Pettibone & the Bees look for a series win vs Long Island at 1:35 #ItsBetterWithTheBees
Series: The Bees host the Long Island Ducks for a brief, 3 game weekend home stand. New Britain won game 1 of the series on Friday night 5-3. Long Island evened the series with a 3-0 shutout win in game 2 last night. The final game of the 3 game weekend set is this afternoon at 1:35 P.M.
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PROMOTIONS: The first 1,000 fans through the gates to today’s series finale against the Ducks will take home a New Britain Bees water bottle courtesy of Martin Rosol’s! Every Sunday home game is Schaller Hardware City Family Fun-Day. Fans can get autographs from their favorite Bees players before the game, and kids are invited to run the bases after the game!
The Bees: Kyle Simon was the main story for the Bees last night. He pitched his league leading 5th complete game of the season, striking out 3 hitters and allowing 7 hits, which generated 3 runs. It’s his third consecutive complete game, with the last two resulting in wins. At the plate, Jovan Rosa continued to extend his league lead in doubles, hitting 2 on the night last night.
The Opposition: Long Island’s pitching led the way in their shutout victory of New Britain last night. Starter John Brownell pitched 7 full innings only allowing 2 hits, while Patrick Crider and Amalio Diaz pitched the remaining 2 innings, limiting the Bees to just 1 hit in that span. The game winning runs came in the top of the 4th inning when Long Island found some 2 out lightning, hitting 4 straight singles off of Kyle Simon to bring 2 runs home.
Starting Pitchers – New Britain: RHP Jonathan Pettibone (2-6, 4.48) | Long Island: LHP Rafael Perez (8-7, 4.34)
Key to the Game – Support for Pettibone: This season, Jonathan Pettibone has made 2 starts against the Ducks, totaling 9 innings, and has not yet allowed a single run. The Ducks have gotten 6 hits off of Pettibone while he’s walked 3 and struck out 4, generating a .182 batting average against him. Overall on the year, Pettibone has been on the unlucky side in terms of run support, allowing an average of 2.79 runs per start while the Bees scored an average of 2.37 runs behind him in his 19 total starts. Look for the New Britain offense to back up Pettibone, providing a lead for him to work with as he looks to continue the dominance that he has had against Long Island this year.
Bees Buzz: Kyle Simon pitched his third consecutive complete game last night. It was his third consecutive complete game pitched. He leads the league in complete games with 5…Last night’s game was the first time the Bees were shut out in a game since August 8th against Sugar Land…Jovan Rosa hit his league leading 35th and 36th doubles in the bottom of the 1st inning and 8th inning of last night’s game, respectively…Kyle Simon has pitched 7 or more innings in 4 of his last 5 starts…Of the 27 outs recorded in last night’s game, 24 of them were not via the strikeout. The New Britain defense made 24 of the 27 outs without committing an error…Kyle Simon issued his first walk in the top of the 9th inning of last night’s game, his first walk in 15 innings pitched…Last night’s game was 11 minutes longer than New Britain’s shortest 9 inning game of the season (2:07 on July 20th against Somerset)…Jovan Rosa extended his consecutive games played for the Bees streak to 257 yesterday, and his overall consecutive games played streak to 280, including postseason.
About the New Britain Bees
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About the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB)
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