AVON, OH – The Traverse City Beach Bums(10-22) ended a six game losing streak with a complete pitching performance and timely hitting, as they beat the Lake Erie Crushers(16-15), 4-0. 

Starting pitchers, Dylan Stoops for the Beach Bums and Todd Kibby for Lake Erie, combined to strike out 14 batters in today’s contest as the game was scoreless heading into the fifth inning. Steven Patterson led off by blasting a 1-2 pitch over the right field wall, his fourth home run of the season, and the Bums led 1-0. 

In the seventh, First baseman Brandon Thomasson led off with a double over the centerfielder’s head. Patterson moved him over to third with a groundout, then Brian Portelli drove him in with a grounder of his own to double the Bums’ lead. 

Looking for insurance runs, Jose Vargas led off the ninth by walking. Two batters later, Patterson hit an RBI double down to left field line to score Vargas. Portelli then followed up when he dropped an RBI single into left, scoring Patterson, and the Beach Bums had a 4-0 lead, that they would not relinquish. 

Dylan Stoops picked up the win for the Beach Bums, going five and 1/3 innings, allowing only one hit, walking one, and struck out six. He improves to 3-1. Joeanthony Rivera, Luke Barker, and Andrew Brockett completed the shutout, allowing only three hits the rest of the way. Todd Kibby drops to 2-3, as he went the first six innings, his only major blemish being the fifth inning homer by Patterson. 

The Beach Bums head home to start a three game series against the Washington Wild Things, starting on Tuesday night. Kramer Champlin gets the start for the Beach Bums and Luke Wilkins takes the hill for Washington. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm and Tom Willms will have the Miller Lite Pre-Game Show at 6:45pm, on 101.9-FM The Bay.  

Tuesday, June 21st, it will be Two for Tuesday. The Traverse City Beach Bums are working in conjunction with the Alzheimers Association of Traverse City to try and paint the park in purple in order to help bring awareness to Alzheimers. Bring the whole family and sign up for the Walk to End Alzheimers, help spread awareness, and show your support for those affected by this heartbreaking disease. 

The Beach Bums Box Office & Gift Ship are now open with non-gameday hours of 10am to 6pm Monday through Friday, 10am to 4pm on Saturday, extended hours on gamedays.  The business offices are open from 9am to 6pm, Monday through Friday. Sponsorships, season tickets, group packages, patio tables, and suite, are all currently available for the 2016 season. The. Wuerfel Park is closed on non-gameday Sundays. For more information, please to call the offices at 1-231-943-0100 or come on out to the park and say hello!

Upcoming Home Games

May 23rd 5:05 PM
Florence Freedom
May 24th 7:05 PM
Florence Freedom
May 25th 7:05 PM
Evansville Otters
May 26th 7:05 PM
Evansville Otters