BEACH BUMS COMEBACK TO STUN EVANSVILLE
TRAVERSE CITY, MI – The Traverse City Beach Bums (23-31)
trailed the Evansville Otters (31-22) by as much as five, but roared back for a
7-6 victory, taking the finale of this weekend’s three game
Evansville took an
early lead much like they did in Friday night’s game. Chris Breen hit an RBI
double and Nik Balog followed with a two-run double and it was a 3-0 game right
out of the gate. In the third, the Otters added on two more runs when Kaeo
Aliviado plated two with a double to right field.
The Beach Bums
started the comeback in the bottom of the frame, sending eight men to the plate.
Gaby Juarbe led off with an infield single that blooped over the pitcher’s head.
Jeff DeBlieux then reached on a throwing error by the pitcher and Juarbe moved
to second. Marcos Derkes then walked to load the bases with nobody out. All-Star
Steven Patterson came up next and ripped a double down the right field line to
score two runs, and the rally was on. Jose Vargas followed with a grounder to
the shortstop, scoring Derkes, then Will Kengor singled to left, scoring
Patterson, and the deficit was down to one.
In the top of the
fourth, Evanville made it a 6-4 game when Christopher Riopedre scored on an
error. The Bums responded in the fifth when Derkes led off with a walk and
Kengor drove him home with another RBI hit, this time a double. After a
scoreless sixth, DeBlieux led off with a single to right. Derkes tried to bunt
him over to second but the pitcher’s throw to first got away and DeBlieux was
safe at third. Patterson hit an RBI single to center, scoring DeBlieux, tying
the game at six. In the eighth, Christian Santisteban singled to start the
inning and Ryan Bottger came in to pinch run. After Casey Rodrigue successfully
sacrificed him to second, Juarbe rocked an RBI double to right-center, giving
the Bums the lead.
The Beach Bums’
relievers’ performance allowed them to keep the game close for the comeback. The
combination of Benjamin Libuda, Joeanthony Rivera, Jacob Lanning and Luke
Barker, combined to pitch 6 1/3 innings, allowing one unearned run on four hits,
walking one, and striking out six. Lanning gets the win to improve to 3-5 and
Barker picks up his fifth save. Tyler Thompson, who allowed the winning run in
the bottom of the eighth, drops to 4-3 with the loss.
Tuesday night, the
Beach Bums will continue the nine-game homestand with game one of a three game
series against the Gateway Grizzlies. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm and
Tom Willms will have the Miller Lite Pre-Game Show at 6:45pm, on 101.9- The
Coming up on Tuesday, July 19th, it’s Sci-Fi Night,
when fans can compete in a costume contest and enjoy a great night of baseball.
Also, it’s Two for Tuesday, so bring all of your friends with buy one, get one tickets.
The gates will open at 5pm.
The Beach Bums Box Office & Gift Shop 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 gamedays.
For more information, please to call the offices at 1-231-943-0100 or come on out to the park and say hello!