NEW BRITAIN - The New Britain Bees doubleheader on Saturday did not disappoint.
Needing some things to fall their way in the standings, the Bees won both games of the day-night, home-away doubleheader against the Bridgeport Bluefish.
The first game was a 7-6 victory and the second was 7-2 in a day of strong offense and pitching.
In the first game, the Bees bullpen was stellar in relief of Greg Nappo, who allowed five earned runs in 5 2/3 innings.
Casey Coleman, Brandon League, Brandon Fry and Shawn Gilblair combined for 5 1/3 innings. Of the four, Gilblair allowed the only run.
Offensively, the Bees got strong production from the entire order. As a team they recorded 14 hits in 43 at bats. The production overshadowed the ten strikeouts. Every batter besides Jordan Hinshaw struck out in the contest for New Britain.
Jovan Rosa went 2-for-5 and hit his 14th homer of the season. Craig Maddox had two doubles and drove in a pair of runs.
In the second game, Rosa again was huge for the team, only this time in a critical moment of the game.
Tied 1-1 in a seven-inning game, Rosa delivered a two-run double that scored James Skelton and Michael Crouse.
Later on in the seventh inning, Skelton added a two-run homer.
The opportunity to strike was a product of an outstanding pitching performance from Bees starting pitcher Nick Greenwood.
Greenwood threw eight innings of two-run ball and struck out four. He allowed 11 hits but showed great command by not walking a batter. The outing is Greenwood’s longest of the season.
Gilblair relieved Greenwood and pitched a perfect ninth inning.
With the win, the Bees move to 17-23 in the second half.
New Britain has another doubleheader against the Bluefish today
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