BEACH BUMS DROP GAME 1 TO THE OTTERS

TRAVERSE CITY, MI – The Traverse City Beach Bums(12-13) scored three runs in the first two innings but went scoreless from there, losing to the Evansville Otters(12-13) by a final score of 6-3.

After Arby Fields reached on an infield single in the bottom of the first, Steven Patterson hit an opposite field two-run bomb, his league-leading eighth home run of the season, giving the Beach Bums an early 2-0 lead. Evansville responded in the top of the second with a Kolten Yamaguchi sacrifice fly, and RBI singles by Xyruse Martinez and Josh Allen, taking a one run advantage.  

Ginacarlo Brugnoni led off the bottom of the inning hitting a fly ball off of the top of the wall in right for his second triple of the season. Two batters later, Jeff DeBlieux grounded out to bring him home and tie the game. Yamaguchi struck again in the third with an RBI single. Dane Phillips then hit an RBI single in the fourth then Brandon Soat did the same in the fifth. 

From there the Evansville pitching staff took over. Starter Hunter Ackererman, who threw 49 pitches in the first two innings, settled down to go seven, striking out nine and retiring the last 16 to face him. He improves to 2-2 on the year. Conversely, Nate Abel for the Beach Bums could only go two and two-thirds, giving up four runs on eight hits and two walks. He falls to 1-2. Hasten Freeman struck out two in the ninth for his first save of the season. 

Tomorrow night, the Beach Bums and Otters continue this weekend’s three game set. John Havird gets the call for the Bums while Shane Weedman starts for Evansville. Tom Willms will have the call starting at 6:45pm with the Budweiser Pre-Game Show, on 101.9- The Bay. 

Tomorrow night is Super Hero Saturday. Come dressed as your favorite hero and receive a meal voucher for a hot dog or brat, chips, and a fountain drink.  Gates open at 6pm for a 7:05pm 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.

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