In 140 Characters or Less: Bees travel to New Jersey as they kick off 4 game series against Patriots! #ItsBetterWithTheBees
Series: The final series between the Bees and Patriots will include 4 games over a 3 day span. The two teams will follow tonight’s series opener with a doubleheader on Wednesday and conclude their series on Thursday at 6:35 P.M. The Patriots currently hold an 11-5 series lead over the Bees.
The Bees: The Bees played their final home game of the 2017 season on Sunday as they faced the Sugar Land Skeeters. The Bees scored three runs in Sunday’s game against Sugar Land, with all three runs coming in sequential order in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th innings. Jovan Rosa had 2 hits in Sunday’s game for his team leading 45th multi-hit game of the season
The Opposition: Somerset is coming off their series against the York Revolution in which the Revolution were able to take 2 of 3 games from the Patriots. The Revolution put up 8 runs in both of their victories over the Patriots. Somerset comes into the series having won 4 out of their last 10 games. This series against the Bees will wrap up a 6 game homestand for the Patriots and will be the last series they host in the 2017 season.
Starting Pitchers – New Britain: RHP Kyle Simon (10-11, 4.26) | Somerset: RHP Patrick Johnson (1-1, 5.68)
Key to the Game- Late Inning Heroics: The Bees have been shutout in the 5th inning or later in each of their last 4 games. The last time the Bees scored in an inning later than the 5th was when they put up 2 runs in the bottom of the 8th to help propel them to 13-9 victory over the Lancaster Barnstormers on September 7th. The Bees currently hold a 41-5 record when leading after 7 innings, compared to a record of just 3-65 when trailing after 7 innings. Look for New Britain to find a spark in the later innings of tonight’s game.
Song of the Day- Bruce Springsteen- Born in the U.S.A.
Bees Buzz: Brandon Shimo has not allowed a run in 12 of his last 13 games, and in 9 consecutive outings overall..James Skelton drew his 94th and 95th walk of the season in Sunday’s game, he is now 6 walks away from tying the Atlantic League record in that category. Skelton has also reached base safely in 11 consecutive games……Sunday’s game was Michael Crouse’s 799th game of his professional career…The Bees have hit 4 home runs in their last 3 games… Jovan Rosa extended his consecutive games played for the Bees streak to 273 Sunday, and his overall consecutive games played streak to 296, including postseason.
About the New Britain Bees
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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.