TRAVERSE CITY, MI – Tonight’s game between the Traverse City Beach Bums(32-48) and Windy City Thunderbolts(44-38) featured five lead changes, 23 runs, and 28 hits, as the Bums prevailed by a final score of 12-11. 

Windy City got the offense rolling in the very first inning when Kyle Wood doubled in a run and Tim Zier hit an RBI single. They made it a 3-0 game when Wood hit another RBI double in the second. In the bottom of the second, Arby Fields led off by legging out an infield hit, then Nick Murphy hit a two-run homer, his third of the season, off the top of the wall in left, to pull within one. Corey Bass doubled the Thunderbolts lead in the top of the third with a solo homer but Orlando Rivera led off the bottom of the frame with his first home run of the season, a solo shot, making it a 4-3 Windy City. 

After a scoreless fourth, Jeff DeBlieux hit a one out single into center. Orlando Rivera drove him in with an RBI double, then scored himself when Steven Patterson doubled, giving the Bums their first lead of the game. Coco Johnson, who stole five bases tonight, tied the game up in the sixth with an RBI single, evening the game at five. 

The Beach Bums sent nine men to the plate in the bottom of the sixth to break the game open. Arby Fields led off with a walk then moved to second on a passed ball. Nick Murphy followed with an RBI double, then Quintin Alexander was hit by a pitch, and Josh Hauser, while trying to moved the runners up, made it to first on an error, loading the bases. DeBlieux hit a sacrifice fly to center, Orlando Rivera hit an RBI single, and Luke Lowery hit an RBI double, giving Traverse City a 10-5 lead. 

The ‘Bolt struck back in the top of the seventh with a six run, six hit barrage, bringing 11 men to the plate, and retaking the lead. Keenyn Walker and Coco Johnson hit back-to-back two-run doubles, Larry Balkwill hit an RBI single and Zier drove in a run on a sacrifice fly to left, giving Windy City the lead once again, at 11-10. 

Josh Hauser led off the bottom of the eighth for the Beach Bums by getting hit by a pitch and stealing second. Orlando Rivera, who was a triple sky of the cycle, drove in Hauser to tie the game with his second RBI double of the game. After a pitching change, Patterson slipped a single into left, scoring Orlando Rivera, giving the Bums the lead for good. 

Devin Over earned the win tonight for Traverse City, pitching a perfect eighth inning with a strikeout, to improve to 4-2. Josh Glick who sent the Bums down in order in the seventh, allowed the two runs in the eighth. He falls to 4-1 with tonight’s loss. Joel Toribio hurled a spotless ninth with two strikeouts for his first save. 

Tomorrow evening, the Beach Bums and Windy City Thunderbolts get together for the final time in 2017, and the rubber game of this weekend’s three game series. Brian Bayliss takes the ball for the Beach Bums while Zac Westcott starts for Windy City. First pitch is scheduled for 5:05pm and the voice of the Beach Bums, Tom Willms, will go on the air with the Budweiser pre-game show at 4:45 on 101.9FM- The Bay. 

Come on out to Wuerfel Park to celebrate our two FAVORITE bears on their 12th birthday! Enjoy a fun day at the ballpark for Suntan and Sunburn’s Birthday party, featuring Kids Run the Bases and Team autographs following the game. You will not want to miss out on the celebration! 

Individual tickets are now available, 24/7 at, or by calling the box office at (231) 943-0100, Monday through Friday from 10am to 6pm, and on Saturdays from 10am to 2pm, on non-game days, and from 10am until the seventh inning on game days.

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