NEW BRITAIN - For the second straight night, it took just one inning for the game to unravel for the New Britain Bees. And for the second straight night, despite New Britain making it close at the end, it was the fourth inning where the game went awry.
Down just one at the time, Kyle Simon was tagged by the Bridgeport Bluefish for four runs as the Bees went on to lose 10-8 Thursday night.
After winning the first game of the series, New Britain ended up dropping the last three in the four-game set.
D’Arby Myers was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. Simon (2-2) then surrendered back-to-back-to-back hits, including a three-run home run to Alberto Callaspo before he was able to get out of the fourth.
It was not a good night for the right-hander. In his four innings on the mound, Simon gave up eight runs and 12 hits, both career worsts in his time in a Bees uniform. His previous high had been six runs and 11 hits back on July 15 of last season against the York Revolution.
But things did not go well for Simon or New Britain from the beginning. Angelys Nina, Callaspo, Sean Burroughs, Jose Gil followed one another with four consecutive singles in the first to put the Bees in a 2-0 hole early.
Tony Abreau added two more runs to the Bluefish’s total in the third with a two-run homer.
New Britain did manage to keep it close early and even pulled within one run once again on Yusuke Kajimoto’s two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth, but Bridgeport’s offense was too much to overcome. The Bluefish outhit the Bees 19-11 on the night.
Jovan Rosa drove in Michael Crouse with a sacrifice fly in the first and two innings later, James Skelton hit a two-run home run to answer Abreau’s.
Unable to tack on any runs in their half of the fourth, New Britain scored three times over the next two innings to pull within 8-6.
Michael Baca grounded out in the fifth to bring home Kajimoto. Back-to-back-to-back doubles by Craig Maddox, Conor Bierfeldt and Jonathan Griffin resulted in two runs coming across the plate in the sixth. Griffin finished the series with five RBI.
Fresh off his week on the inactive list, Chris Hayes took over for Simon in the fifth. The right-hander tossed the next two innings, allowing no runs and two hits.
Brandon Fry entered the game in the seventh and after recording out No. 1, gave up three consecutive hits himself, capped off by a Luis Hernandez double that brought home what would be the deciding run.
But after Kojimoto’s home run, Hernandez doubled off Brandon Shimo in the top of the ninth for an extra insurance run for Bridgeport. The Bees were able to a base runner on in the bottom of the frame with Rosa singling to left, but were unable to generate any offense.
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