TRAVERSE CITY, MI – The Traverse City Beach Bums(16-28) worked two big innings early on and didn’t look back on their way to an 8-4 victory over the Southern Illinois Miners(30-13).  Emily Long photograph

Southern Illinois got the scoring started in the first, taking a 2-0 lead on RBI singles by Alex DeLeon and Steve Marino. The Beach Bums responded in the bottom of the inning, bringing eight men to the plate. Marcos Derkes led off with a double to left field and moved to third on a ground-out. Steven Patterson then hit a fly ball to left but it snuck under the glove of the fielder for an error. Derkes scored on the play and Patterson ended up on second. Will Kengor tied the game with an RBI single to score Patterson. After Giancarlo Brugnoni was plunked by a pitch, Elijah Trail launched a three-run homer over the left field wall. It was his first as a Bum and fourth of season, and Traverse City led 5-2. 

Southern Illinois got one run back in the second when Shane Kennedy grounded out. Francisco Rosario came in to score after walking earlier in the inning. The Beach Bums has another productive inning in the third, scoring three more runs. Patterson led off with his sixth long ball of the season, clearing the right field fence. Brugnoni, two batters later, reached on a fielding error then moved to third on a double by Trail. After Christian Santisteban walked, the bases were loaded. Kendall Patrick slipped an RBI single to left, followed by a Jeff Deblieux RBI sacrifice fly to extend the lead to five.  

From there, the pitching settled down although the Bums staff walked ten men in the game and wiggled out of trouble just about every time. In the top of the ninth, DeLeon walked then scored on a fielder error during Nolan Earley’s double. The Miners had the tying run on deck but that is as close as they would come. 

James Ball came in during the fifth inning and pitched two solid frames in relief to earn his first professional win, improving his record to 1-3. Rick Teasley struggled in the start but calmed down as after giving up eight runs, five earned, nine hits, and three walks. He falls to 4-2 with tonight’s loss. Andrew Brockett was called on to get the final out and he earned his fourth save of the season. 

GAME 3, SUNDAY, JULY 3RD: the Beach Bums and Southern Illinois collide in the rubber match of this three game series. Kramer Champlin gets the call for the Beach Bums while Dan Ludwig goes for Southern Illinois. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm and Tom Willms will have a special Miller Lite Pre-Game Show at 6:15pm, including the pre-game Welcome Home Fourth of July ceremonies on 101.9- The Bay.  

Also on Sunday, July 3rd, it’s our Annual WELCOME HOME 4th OF JULY  Celebration, and a night you will not want to miss. We will be inviting all members of our Military Armed Forces to come down onto the field before the game. We will take time to recognize, honor and thank our veterans and active military members for their sacrifice and service for our freedoms and liberties on this Independence Day. It is a moving tribute to our heroes and it allows our players and fans an opportunity to say thank you to those who have fought for us around the world. The night will feature patriotic music throughout the game and after the game you will be treated to a spectacular Fourth of July fireworks show! The first 250 fans through the gates will receive patriotic USA flag pins. 

The Beach Bums Box Office & Gift Ship are open with non-gameday hours of 10am to 6pm Monday through Friday, 10am to 4pm on Saturday.  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!

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