NEW BRITAIN - The New Britain Bees couldn’t find any offense against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs pitching staff Wednesday night.
The lack of production at the plate from the Bees led to a 5-1 loss.
New Britain starting pitcher Jonathan Pettibone pitched seven innings. He allowed five earned runs but his start gave the bullpen some needed rest.
Brian Dupra and Nate Roe looked good out of the bullpen. Both went one scoreless inning. Roe allowed two hits and issued a walk but got out of a jam and struck out a batter in the ninth.
All five of the Bees hits came from the top of the order. James Skelton had one hit and scored the only Bees run on a Jovan Rosa single.
Behind Skelton were Jordan Hinshaw and Rosa. Both had multi-hit performances. Nobody in the Bees lineup had an extra-base hit against the Blue Crabs pitchers.
As a team, New Britain struck out 14 times in the game, adding to its league lead for strikeouts.
Southern Maryland’s starting pitcher Daryl Thompson led the way with six innings of one-run ball. Thompson struck out eight Bees batters.
In relief of Thompson were Cody Hebner, Zack Thornton and Cody Eppley. All three worked perfect innings and they combined for six strikeouts.
Offensively, the Blue Crabs got a strong performance from leadoff hitter Edwin Garcia. Garcia finished 3-for-5 in the game and scored a run.
Tucker Nathans provided the power for Southern Maryland. His solo homer in the third inning gave the Blue Crabs a 2-0 lead.
In the fourth inning, Patrick Palmeiro’s two-run that extended the Southern Maryland lead to 4-1.
The Bees were out hit 12-5 in the game.