Game Preview & Recap

Pettibone takes the mound as Bees look for series win against Patriots

In 140 Characters or Less: Pettibone on the hill, as Bees look to clinch series win against Patriots! #ItsBetterWithTheBees
 
Series: The Bees took game 1 last night by a final score of 5-1. Michael Crouse homered twice in the win, while Conor Bierfeldt blasted his team leading 21st home run of the season. Kyle Simon went the distance in game 1, earning his 6th complete game of the year. The Bees turned 5 double plays in yesterday’s victory. 
 
The Bees: Coming off a 5-1 victory last night, the Bees look to clinch the series. Michael Crouse hit his 18th and 19th home runs of the season, while Conor Bierfeldt notched his team leading 21st home run of the season. Kyle Simon went the distance, earning his 6th complete game of the year. Behind Simon’s pitching, the Bees were able to turn 5 double plays in last night’s victory. 
 
The Opposition: Somerset sends Mark Hamburger to the mound tonight, looking to even the series at 1 apiece. Hamburger is making his season debut for the Patriots tonight after being acquired from the St. Paul Saints of the American Association. Patrick Johnson was charged with the loss last night, striking out 10 over a 5 inning span.   
 
Starting Pitchers – New Britain: RHP Jonathan Pettibone (2-7, 5.19) | Somerset: RHP Mark Hamburger (0-0, 0.00)
 
Key to the Game- Limit the Strikeouts: Last night the Bees struck out a total of 15 times. 10 of those strikeouts were from the arm of starting pitcher Patrick Johnson, who managed to strike out 10 Bees over a span of 5 innings. The Patriots sent a total of 5 pitchers to the mound last night, all of which recorded at least 1 strikeout. Look for the Bees to limit the amount of strikeouts in tonight’s game.  
 
Broadcast: The Bees’ Official YouTube Channel (youtube.com/NewBritainBees) and Facebook Live (facebook.com/newbritainbees), starting at 6:20 P.M.
 
Bees Buzz: Kyle Simon tossed his 6th complete game of the 2017 season last night…Brandon Shimo has not allowed a run in 12 of his last 13 games, and in 9 consecutive outings overall…James Skelton is now 6 walks away from tying the Atlantic League record for most walks in a single season... Last night’s game was Michael Crouse’s 800th game of his professional career…The Bees have hit 7 home runs in their last 4 games… Jovan Rosa extended his consecutive games played for the Bees streak to 274 last night, and his overall consecutive games played streak to 297, including postseason.
 
About the New Britain Bees
 
The New Britain Bees are in their second season of play as a member of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball and play at New Britain Stadium. For further information or to reserve seats, email tickets@nbbees.com, call 860-826-BEES (2337), or visit NBBees.com.
 
About the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB)
 
The Atlantic League has been a leader in professional baseball and a gateway to Major League Baseball since 1998. Over 37 million fans have attended Atlantic League games and more than 800 players and 50 managers and coaches have joined MLB organizations directly from the ALPB.  The Atlantic League emphasizes winning baseball games, showcasing the talent of top-caliber players and offering affordable family entertainment to metropolitan markets serving nearly 15% of the US population.
 
For more information, please visit www.AtlanticLeague.com
 
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