The New Britain Bees rattled off an improable comeback against the Worcester Bravehearts on Sunday afternoon, turning an 8-3 deficit into a 9-8 lead, but once again, an inability to hold a late lead put the team further into last place in the Futures League.
Immediately after taking that 9-8 lead, the Bees fell behind and didn’t have another comeback in them, falling 10-9 for their fifth straight loss, and ninth in their last 11 games.
It was a disastrous start for the Bees, falling behind 6-0 after a six-run first inning by the Bravehearts. New Britain and starting pitcher Emmet Sheehan looked poised for a quick frame after retiring the first two batters, but the next seven batters reached safely, the big blow coming on a two-out grand slam by Joe Pesce after a walk and a single had allowed the first two runs of the game to score.
The Bees immediately tried to chip into the suddenly massive deficit, getting two back in the second on an RBI groundout by Todd Peterson and a run-scoring single by Ryan Bagdasarian, and cut it to 6-3 in the third when a red-hot Andrew Cain singled in Danniel Rivera. But New Britain’s building momentum was quickly erased when Tyler Patane smoked a two-run home run in the bottom of the third to put Worcester back in front by five.
The Bees once again had a quick answer, this time in the form of a two-run blast by Zach Donohue, to pull back within three in the bottom of the fourth. Joe Mancini then came on in relief for New Britain, and held the Bravehearts scoreless while the Bees continued their comeback.
New Britain struck again in the sixth courtesy of local native Danniel Rivera, who clubbed a two-run home run to bring the Bees within 8-7, and in the seventh, the long ball helped New Britain once again when Derek Tenney went deep for another two-run blast to put the Bees ahead 9-8, scoring six unanswered runs in a span of four innings.
Mancini began to tire in the seventh, as back-to-back sacrifice flies by Worcester once again put New Britain behind at 10-9. The Bees put the tying and go-ahead run on base in the ninth thanks to a pair of walks, but Tenney grounded out back to the mound to send New Britain to another loss.