Bees open series with Patriots

SOMERSET PATRIOTS (33-23) VS. NEW BRITAIN BEES (26-29)

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In 140 Characters or Less: The Bees welcome the Somerset Patriots to town tonight to open a three-game series! First pitch 6:35PM!

Series: In the first ever series between the two teams June 7-9 at New Britain Stadium, the Bees took two of three from the Patriots. Tonight is the opener of a three-game series with Somerset, with Tuesday and Wednesday’s games both beginning at 6:35PM.

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The Bees: New Britain is coming off a series win against the Sugar Land Skeeters, winning two of three at New Britain Stadium. The Bees (26-29) have some work to do in the division as they trail Somerset by 6.5 games in the Liberty Division.

The Opposition: The Patriots have had a nearly season-long hold on the Liberty Division so far this year, posting a league-best 33-23 record. Since dropping two of three games to the Bees in early June, the Patriots have won each of their last three series, including sweeping Southern Maryland in their most recent series.

Starters
New Britain– RHP Cole Johnson (4-5, 2.40) | Somerset– RHP Alexis Candelario (0-0, 1.80)

Key to the Game – Johnson vs. Somerset, 2.0:In his first ever start against Somerset, Johnson pitched 6.2 innings and allowed four runs (two earned) while allowing seven runners to reach base in the Bees’ 5-3 loss. The right-hander out of Notre Dame will look to return to the form that allowed him to throw 17 straight scoreless innings at one point this season as he seeks his first win since June 2 at Sugar Land.

Broadcast: Bees’ Official YouTube Channel (youtube.com/NewBritainBees).

Bees Buzz: Michael Crouse has been a nuisance for opposing pitchers and catchers lately, swiping five bases in six attempts over his last ten games…Jovan Rosa will hope to recreate the success he had in the first series between the Bees and Patriots in which he hit .333 (3-9) with two solo home runs, four runs scored, and four walks…Jon Griffin has been white-hot over his past five games, batting .571 with five RBIs (including Sunday’s game-tying RBI triple)…Bees-Yellow