NEW BRITAIN - Jonathan Pettibone did his part and then some on the mound for the New Britain Bees Wednesday morning. The same could not be said about the Bees offense.
The right-hander tossed five scoreless innings and gave up just two hits while striking out six as the Bees fell to the Somerset Patriots 5-1. New Britain has now lost the first three games of the four-game set.
“That fourth inning was a long one,” said Pettibone, who had to get out of a bases-loaded jam. “I definitely felt it going out in the fifth, but I was glad to get through five.”
The Bees offense, meanwhile, managed just two hits - both in the fourth - during the time their starter was on the mound. James Skelton led off the fourth with what looked to be a home run that hooked around the foul pole, but the first base umpire called it foul despite protests from both Skelton and Bees manager Stan Cliburn. The catcher settled for a walk in the end and New Britain got no runs out of the inning.
“It’s his call. It’s a judgment call,” Skelton said of the umpire. “I ended up getting a walk out of it which was fine, but it’s unfortunate not to go up a run in that situation with the way Pettibone was throwing the way he did.”
It was in the seventh when things started to go badly for the Bees. After issuing a walk to begin his second inning of relief, Brandon Fry got the first two outs rather easily before giving up back-to-back singles that brought home Aharon Eggleston. Another walk ended Fry’s afternoon and in came Brandon League with two outs and the bases loaded.
With one swing of the bat, Somerset’s Olmo Rosario brought in all three runs to break the game open.
Jon Griffin singled home Craig Maddox for the Bees’ lone run of the game in the bottom of the frame, only for the Patriots to answered in their next at-bat when Adam Donachie hit an RBI single off Chris Hayes.
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