BEACH BUMS’ BATS BLITZ 'BOLTS
CRESTWOOD, IL – For the second straight game, the
Traverse City Beach Bums’(13-25) offense rose to the occasion, tonight pumping
out twelve runs on eighteen hits to double up the Windy City Thunderbolts(22-16)
by the final score of 12-6.
Jose Vargas got
the game rolling in style as he blasted a solo home run over the left-center
field wall in the first inning for his fifth long ball of the season. Windy City
tied the game in the second with an RBI double by Corey Bass, scoring Reggie
Lawson, who doubled earlier in the inning. After a scoreless third, the Bums
regained the lead in the fourth and never looked back. Vargas reached on an
infield hit to start things off. Will Kengor singled to center. Two
batters later, Steven Patterson drove them both home with a double down the
right field line to make it 3-1.
In the sixth, both
teams sent nine men to the plate, exchanging four run innings, starting with the
Beach Bums in the top of the frame. Vargas led off by singling to left followed
by a Kengor walk. Giancarlo Brugnoni then hit an RBI double to left, scoring
Vargas. After a pitching change, Patterson hit a double scoring Kengor.
Christian Santisteban joined in with a two-run single to extend the Bums’ lead
to 7-1. Windy City got their four runs
on a Reggie Lawson RBI double, a Cody Keefer RBI infield hit, in which a second
run scored on an error, and an RBI double by Corey Bass.
With one out in
the seventh, Kengor walked, Brugnoni and Patterson singled to load the bases.
Santisteban hit a slow grounder to short, scoring Kengor, and Traverse City led
by three. The Beach Bums had another big inning in the eighth, bringing another
nine men to the plate, and scoring an additional four runs. Jeff DeBlieux led
off with a single but was picked off of first. Then with two outs Ryan
Bottger, Vargas, and Kengor, each singled to load the bases. Burgoni fouled off
a number of tough pitches and eventually drew the RBI walk. Patterson then came
up and hit a 2-run single to right, for his fourth and fifth RBI of the game.
Santisteban then drove in Brugnoni with an RBI single for his fourth RBI of the
game, and it was 12-5. Windy City got an RBI single by Taylor Smart in the ninth
but that is all they would muster.
made his first professional start, going 5 1/3 innings, allowing 3 earned runs
on five hits and two walks, while striking out three. He gets his first win to
go to 1-0. Mitchell Cody suffered the loss dropping to 0-3, allowing six runs on
seven hits and three walks, striking out four.
The Beach Bums and
Windy City Thunderbolts conclude this weekend’s four game series, tomorrow
morning in Crestwood, IL. Kramer Champlin takes the hill for the Beach Bums
while Clay Chapman goes for Windy City. First pitch is scheduled for 11:35am and
Tom Willms will have the Miller Lite Pre-Game Show at 11:15am, on 101.9- The
Don’t Forget- Coming up on Friday, July 1st, the Tropic Beauty
Models will visit Wuerfel Park. Come on out and meet the girls and we will also
have another FANtastic Fireworks show following the final pitch of the game
against the Southern Illinois Miners. First pitch will be at 7:05pm and the
gates open at 5pm.
The Beach Bums
business offices are open from 9am to 6pm, Monday through Friday. Sponsorships,
season tickets, group packages, patio tables, and suite, are all currently
available for the 2016 season. The Box Office & Gift Ship are now open with
non-gameday hours of 10am to 6pm Monday through Friday, 10am to 4pm on Saturday.
Wuerfel Park is closed on non-gameday Sundays. Stadium hours are extended on
For more information, please to call the offices at 1-231-943-0100 or come on out to the park and say hello!