Bees tame Loons, 4-2; series finale tonight

Starter Matt Campbell picked up the win in the Bees’ 4-2 victory over the Loons last night. Campbell worked his way out of a first-inning jam and held Great Lakes in check through the first five frames, fanning six. Piggyback partner Mario Santiago pitched four shutout innings to pick up his first save of the season.

Derrick Robinson collected a career-high three hits, and Brady Everett doubled and tripled. Jeff Bianchi and Jeremy Jirschele also collected two hits a piece.

Last chance to catch the Loons
This is the Loons’ last game here at The Hive during their inaugural season. Southpaw Clayton Kershaw (4-1, 2.84), rated by Baseball America as the Dodgers’ No. 2 prospect, takes the mound for Great Lakes in tonight’s series finale. Righty Harold Mozingo (2-5, 4.75) goes for your Bees.

Kershaw was the Dodgers’ first pick of the June 2006 draft, while his Loons teammate Preston Mattingly was selected by L.A. late in the first round of the same draft. Mattingly, an infielder, is the son of former Yankees captain Don Mattingly, the 1985 A.L. M.V.P. The Loons also feature outfielder Scott Van Slyke, the son of another former big-league all-star and gold-glover: Andy Van Slyke.

So, to sum it up: Tonight, you can come out and cheer on your Bees, and see a stud first-rounder, two sons of big-league all-stars, and an eight-time all-star player in manager Lance Parrish.

And if you need one more reason to come out tonight, it’s the last Thirsty Thursday until June 21.


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