The Great Lakes Loons 2011 season will go into to the record books as a successful season. The attendance for the 2011 season was greater than in 2010 when the Loons made it to the second round of the Midwest League playoffs. The Loons didn't have the personal that they had in their best season ever in 2010. The expected star of the team had an average season even thou he was only 19 years old and the number 1 draft choice of the Dodgers in 2010. Zach Lee finished the season with a 9-6 record and was shut down twice to limit the amount of innings pitched. The Dodgers have 5.25 million dollars invested in the RHP who someday will be pitching in the Majors.
The Loons finished the 2011 season with a three game series with the South Bend Silverhawks. The Loons had already been eliminated from the Midwest League playoffs because of the recent 1-6 road trip. They would however win the first two games from the Silverhawks 6-1 and 6-5 in front of great crowds at the Dow Diamond. The highlight of the Sunday's game was the grand slam home run by Jesse Bosnik in the first inning as the Loons jumped out to a 6-0 lead. They managed to hang on for a 6-5 victory.
On a cool and windy Labor Day saw the Loons drop the final game of the season to the South Bend Silverhawks 5-3 to finish the season with 72-65 record. This year completed the fifth season of the Loons playing as the Class A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers. General Manager and Team President Paul Barbeau has the team going in the right direction and with the major announcement of some needed changes to the Press Box and Suite areas things look promising for the 2012 campaign.
16th November, 2023