Brews and Baseball

by Matthew Wheaton
Media Relations Intern

The Bees (13-27) and Clinton LumberKings (21-19), the Midwest League affiliate of the Seattle Mariners, begin a four-game series tonight at 6:30 p.m. at Community Field. It’s “Friends and Family Night.” Everyone gets to run the bases after the game. We’ll also celebrate the Cubs and Cardinals rivalry with special trivia and contests throughout the night. The Bees will also host the second annual Brew Fest from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at Community Field with over 200 beers available for sampling and classic rock music provided by Dungeon Jeep.

LHP Tony Butler (1-4, 2.41) toes the rubber for the LumberKings this evening. He was drafted by Seattle in the third round of the 2006 amateur draft. This is Butler’s second stint with the Mariners organization. He was traded from Seattle to the Orioles as part of the package that brought Erik Bedard, now of the Boston Red Sox, to Seattle in 2008. Butler battled injury and ineffectiveness after the trade, posting a 5.91 ERA in 112.2 innings with the Orioles organization, including a 7.66 ERA in 44.2 innings, and was released by Baltimore in June 2010. The Brewers picked up Butler, a Wisconsin native, after the Orioles released him. He was released by Milwaukee in the beginning of August 2010 after he struggled to a 72.00 ERA in one inning of work for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. The Mariners resigned Butler as a minor league free agent earlier this year.

RHP Jonathan Joseph (2-4, 6.52), gets the start for the Bees tonight. He last pitched on August 1 against the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers in Wisconsin. He allowed three runs on three hits in 3.2 innings. Opposing batters are hitting .307 against Joseph in home games this season. He has a record of 2-2, one save, and a 6.75 ERA at Community Field.

The Peoria Chiefs (15-25) scored six runs on 13 hits to earn a 6-2 win over the Bees (13-27) at O’Brien Field last night. The Bees scored a run in the first inning against Peoria starter LHP Austin Kirk. DH Beau Taylor (2-4) led off the game with a single and scored on a double by RF Josh Whitaker (1-3). The Chiefs pushed across a run in the bottom of the first inning against Bees starter Blake Hassebrock. CF Taiwan Easterling (4-5) singled and stole both second and third base. 1B Richard Jones (0-2) lifted a sacrifice fly to center field to score Easterling and make it 1-1. Hassebrock tossed five innings and allowed one run on six hits. He walked two and struck out three. Kirk was equally effective, allowing one run on four hits over six innings pitched. Both starters received no decisions on Friday. The Chiefs scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning against RHP Zack Thornton (3-4). Easterling singled and went to third base on a single by 2B Rubi Silva (1-5). Jones walked to load the bases and SS Rafael Valdes (1-4) singled to score both Easterling and Silva for a 3-1 lead. The Bees scored a single run in the top of the eighth inning to make it 3-2 before the Chiefs exploded for three runs in the bottom half of the eighth inning to make it 6-2.

Tonight’s game will be the 54th game the Bees have played at Community Field this season. The Bees have a record of 32-21 in home games. Burlington had five hits last night versus the Peoria Chiefs, who had 13. The Bees have a record of 10-33 when they are out-hit by their opponent. Burlington has a record of 45-43 in night games this season.

Beau Taylor was the only Bee with multiple hits last night in Peoria. He notched two hits against the Chiefs.

RHP Blake Hassebrock (6-6, 2.35) pitched five innings, allowed six hits, and only one run last night against the Chiefs and was unable to get his seventh victory of the season. His last win was in Wisconsin on July 31 against the Timber Rattlers.

OF Royce Consigli went 1-for-14 at the dish in the recent four-game series against the Chiefs.

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