NEW BRITAIN - Shaky pitching for the New Britain Bees and failing to capitalize on offensive opportunities led to the 8-1 loss Friday night at home.
At every turn, the Bees lineup was stymied by the York Revolution’s pitching staff. Stephen Janas started the game for the Revolution and went five innings, allowing just one earned run. The opportunity was there for New Britain to put up runs as Janas was far from perfect. He allowed five hits and walked three batters in his start. While shaky, Janas earned the win.
The bullpen for the Revolution was much better in its four innings of work. Luke Westphal was nearly perfect in his two innings. He allowed just one hit with no walks while striking out three Bees batters. Michael Click and Joe Van Meter pitched the last two innings for York.
Bees starting pitcher and Southington native Nick Greenwood, had a tough start, allowing nine hits and walking three batters. The left-hander gave up six runs, three of which were earned.
His four strikeouts in the game were the most by any pitcher on the night. The hits and walks, however, led to him being charged with the loss.
The top four hitters for the Rrevolution were dominant. They had a combined six RBI on the evening, three runs scored and ten hits.
Leadoff hitter Alonzo Harris went 4-for-5 on the night with one RBI. Alexi Casilla went 2-for-5 with a pair of runs driven in. Isaias Harris went 1-for-5, scored two runs and plated a run. Cleanup hitter Telvin Nash finished the night 3-for-5 with a pair of RBI and one run scored.
The Bees, meanwhile, couldn’t score.
In the third inning, Yusuke Kajimoto tripled to left field with one out. Jovan Rosa and Craig Maddox failed to bring Kajimoto in, stranding him on base as Janas retired the side.
Maddox and Kajimoto were both 2-for-4 hitting in the game. Jamar Walton and Michael Baca each had one hit. Jordan Hinshaw was hitless but drew a pair of walks.
Out of the bullpen, Mike Hepple and Brandon Fry each allowed a run. Nate Roe and Sean Giblair both allowed one hit in their scoreless innings of work.
The Revolution lineup struck out more than the Bees batters did on the night. For the Bees, strikeouts have been a major issue for this season’s team.
As a team, the Bees had seven hits. The Revolution finished with 13 hits as a team. New Britain committed two costly errors in the game while York’s defense did not commit an error.
The Bees next game will be Saturday at 6:35pm back at home against the Revolution.
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