In 140 Characters or Less: Simon takes the mound as Bees look to win 4 straight in final game of 2017 season #ItsBetterWithTheBees
Series: After taking game 1 from the Blue Crabs on Friday, the Bees continued their winning streak last night defeating Southern Maryland last night by a final score of 5-1. The Bees have currently won 3 straight and will look to make it 4 straight with a win in today’s season finale. The Blue Crabs have dropped 5 straight and will look for a victory in the regular season finale before the playoffs begin next week.
The Bees: The Bees will turn to RHP Kyle Simon in the final game of the 2017 season. With last night’s victory, the Bees have now won 3 straight and will look to end the season on a 4 game winning streak. In Simon’s last outing, he went the distance for his 6th complete game of the season, allowing only 1 un-earned run on 9 hits. James Skelton remains tied with Bobby Hill for most walks in a single season in Atlantic League history.
The Opposition: The Southern Maryland will send RHP Drew Hayes to the mound today as they look to snap their 5 game losing streak. The Blue Crabs have dropped the first 2 games of this 3 game set and look to salvage a win in the final game of the regular season. The Blue Crabs won the first half Freedom Division crown and will face the York Revolution in the first round of the playoffs next week.
Starting Pitchers – New Britain: RHP Kyle Simon (11-11, 4.02) | Southern Maryland: RHP Drew Hayes (8-8, 3.94)
Key to the Game- Keep the offense going: In their final road trip of the season, the Bees have really gotten the long ball going. They have hit 8 home runs over a 5 game span. They have also scored 23 runs in this road trip, outscoring opponents 23-12. If the Bees want to end the season on a 4 game winning streak, they need to keep the offense going.
Bees Buzz: James Skelton remains tied for the Atlantic League single season walk record with 101 walks on the season…With the victory last night, the Bees have clinched a .500 or better record for the month of September…The Bees streak of 59.1 innings pitched without allowing a home run was snapped in the 8th inning of last night’s contest… Jake McGuiggan recorded his 2nd 3 hit game of the season last night…Jovan Rosa extended his consecutive games played for the Bees streak to 279, and his overall consecutive games played streak to 301, including postseason.
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