BEACH BUMS DROP 2ND IN A ROW
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Traverse City Beach Bums(15-17) took a three-run lead into the bottom of the
eleventh but the Gateway Grizzlies(9-24) scored five to win by a score of
Gateway started tonight’s offensive explosion with a single run in
the first on a Zach Lavy RBI double. The Beach Bums responded quickly in the top
of the second after Elijah Trail walked and Nick Murphy hit a two-run shot to
left, his second homer of the season, giving the Bums the lead. This would prove
to be just the beginning as, out of the eleven innings played, only three would
In the bottom of the second, the Grizzlies sent ten men to the
plate and scored five runs. Chase Simmons, Cody Livesay, Blake Brown, Lavy, and
Craig Massoni all drove in runs giving them a 6-2 advantage. Steven Patterson
and Will Kengor helped Traverse City get two runs back, each hitting RBI singles
in the third.
In the fourth, Trail and
Murphy led off with walks. Giancarlo Brugnoni attempted to sacrifice the runners
ahead but he was able to reach when the throw to first was late, loading the
bases with nobody out. Ryan Garvey came to the plate and hit a grounder to the
left side hole. The shortstop, in trying to nab Garvey, throw the ball away and
two runs scored to tie the game. Two batters later, Jeff DeBlieux slipped a
two-run double into the right field corner, and the Bums led
The Grizzlies’ Terry McClure drove in a run in the fifth on a
sacrifice fly but Kendall Patrick, in the top of the seventh, hit his first
homer of the season, a two-run blast, extended the lead to three. Craig Massoni,
in the bottom of the inning, Snuck a solo home run over the right field wall,
pulling Gateway within two at 10-8. After a scoreless eighth, Matt Hearn led off
the ninth and Blake Brown rocketed the tying homer deep over the left field
wall, sending the game into extra innings.
Both teams went down quickly in the tenth, but in the eleventh, the
international tie-breaker came into effect. With Ryan Garvey starting the top of
the frame on second, Arby Fields walked, then Jeff DeBlieux reached on a
fielder’s choice and Garvey scored on an error, giving the Beach Bums the lead.
Steven Patterson notched his second RBI of the night when he drove in Fields
with a sacrifice fly. Later, Trail singled home DeBlieux and Traverse City led
In the bottom of the inning, Gateway took even bigger advantage of
the tie-breaker rule. Cody Livesay drove in Chase Simmons with an RBI single and
Gateway pulled within one thanks to a throwing error. With two men on, and down
to their last strike, Terry McClure hit a three-run walk-off home run over the
left field fence to finish the Grizzlies’ comeback.
Tanner Cable worked two innings in relief, allowing three runs, but
was awarded the win to improve to 1-2. Joe Mello also worked the final two
innings but gave up five runs, four earned, on two hits and two walks, falling
Tomorrow night, the Beach Bums and Gateway Grizzlies play the finale of this Father’s Day weekend series. Nate Abel tries to get the Bums back on track while Will Landsheft starts for Gateway. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm EDT with and Tom Willms will have the call starting at 6:45pm with the Budweiser pre-game show, on 101.9- The Bay.
Bums return home to Wuerfel Park, this coming Tuesday, against the Joliet
Slammers. Every Tuesday is Thrifty Tuesday. All fans can take advantage of a 5
dollar meal deal, including a hot dog or
brat, chip, and pop. Plus, it’s Silver Slugger Tuesday! Our wonderfull seniors
are invited to enjoy chair back tickets for just 5 dollars. The gates open at
6pm for a 7:05 first pitch.
Individual tickets are now available, 24/7 at www.tcbeachbums.com, 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.