NEW BRITAIN, April 27 – The kids loved the Bees Thursday morning. The first sellout crowd in team history saw New Britain beat the visiting Long Island Ducks, 5-2 in the initial “Baseball in Education” game. More than 3,500 school children from New Britain, Plainville and Meriden were among the sellout crowd of 6,253 that began at 10:30 a.m.
Southington’s Nick Greenwood tossed six scoreless innings to earn the victory for New Britain. The former major league hurler allowed just five Long Island hits, struck out five and walked two to earn his second Atlantic League victory of the season.
Offensively, the Bees (4-4) were led by Norberto Susini, who drove in two runs in his first start of the season, including an RBI double, with James Skelton and Jon Griffin adding doubles of their own.
The victory came a few hours after New Britain earned its first-ever extra inning victory on Tuesday night with a 2-1 decision in 11 innings. Greg Golson had two hits including the walk-off winner in the 11th inning. With one out, Steve Carrillo walked and moved to third on a single from Jonathan Jones. Golson looped a fly ball into right field to win the game.
New Britain stranded 13 runners on base but their pitching was strong. Starter Josh Outman allowed just one run in the first six innings, striking out five. The New Britain bullpen was sharp with Grady Wood, Craig Stern and Farmington native Shawn Haviland combining for five innings of shutout relief, fanning five.
“We’re very pleased with the way our season has begun,” said Patrick Day, general manager of the Bees. “We’ve gotten strong fan support, even in cold weather, had a fantastic opening day and are very excited to welcome our first sellout crowd today. We are looking forward to beginning our next homestand.”
New Britain hits the road for the first time for a four-game series at Bridgeport. The Bees will return home on Monday to start a four-game set against the Sugar Land (Texas) Skeeters at 6:35 p.m.
Bees Buzz: Tim Boyce pitched a scoreless eighth inning for New Britain, striking out two…The five runs scored by the Bees is a season high…New Britain had an errorless game in the field for the first time this year.
Hartford wins 7th straight game
HARRISBURG, Pa., April 27 – The Hartford Yard Dogs find road to be agreeable. The Yard Dogs earned their seventh straight win with a 4-1 Eastern League victory over Harrisburg on Wednesday night. Hartford starter Harrison Musgrave retired the first 20 batters he faced and had a perfect game until Shawn Pleffner singled with two outs in the seventh inning. Musgrave retired 21 of the first 22 batters he faced.
The Yard Goats (16-4) have yet to play at home in their first season in Hartford as work continues on their new home – Dunkin Donuts Park. Hartford is scheduled to play their first game in Hartford on May 31.
The Yard Goats scored twice in the first inning to take the early advantage of Senators starter Reynaldo Lopez. Raimel Tapia led off the bottom of the first with an infield single followed by a David Dahl walk. Pat Valaika’s sacrifice bunt moved runners to second and third base. Ryan McMahon drove home Tapia with a fly ball to center field. Rosell Herrera then ripped a 2-out single scoring Dahl from second base and giving the Yard Goats a 2-0 lead.
Hartford scored again in the third inning on a sacrifice fly by Pat Valiaka scoring Tapia from third base and giving the Yard Goats a 3-0 lead. Tapia began the frame with a bunt single and went to third on a solid single by Dahl.
The Yard Goats made it 4-0 in the 5th inning on a solo home run by Tapia, his second homer in the Eastern League. He belted a 1-out blast into the right field bullpen.
On Tuesday night, Hartford hurler German Marquez allowed just one run over six innings to help the Yard Goats win their sixth straight game with a 2-1 decision over Harrisburg. Three Hartford pitchers limited the Senators – the farm club for the Washington Nationals to just one run.
Konner Wade and Matt Carasiti pitched scoreless over the final three frames to secure the win. Hartford is playing as the home team in this series because of construction at Dunkin Donuts Park in Hartford.
Trailing by one run, Hartford tied the game in the fifth inning on back-to-back doubles by Correlle Prime and Jan Vasquez off Senators starter Tyler Mapes. The Yard Goats took a 2-1 lead in the sixth inning on a one-out solo home run by David Dahl who blasted his 7th home into the left field seats. The opposite field homer tied him for the most in the Eastern League.
Yard Goats home games in Spanish
HARTFORD, April 27 – The Hartford Yard Goats announced that their home games from Dunkin Donuts Park will be broadcast in Spanish on radio by local station WPRX-AM (1120) and on the web beginning May 31. All 142 games are available in English for fans on WPOP-AM (1410) and iHeart radio.
“It is really important to our organization to have our broadcasts also available in Spanish, knowing how much the Hispanic community loves baseball, and we feel this is a wonderful way to reach the Latino community,” Yard Goats owner Josh Solomon said.