BEACH BUMS FALL SHORT ON THE 4TH

TRAVERSE CITY, MI – The Traverse City Beach Bums(18-27) have fallen in four consecutive games, each by less than two runs, losing to the Florence Freedom(32-14) tonight by a final score of 4-3. 

After both teams went down in order in the first, the first three men for Florence reached in the second, capped off by a three run home run by Jordan Brower. In the bottom of the third, Jeff DeBlieux walked then stole second with one out. Two batters later, he scored the Bums’ first run on a Will Kengor RBI double. Alexis Rivera followed with an RBI single to score Kengor and pull Traverse City within one. 

In the fifth, Florence regained a two run cushion on a Taylor Oldham RBI double. Josh Hauser led off the bottom of the seventh inning with a single in to center. DeBlieux and Steven Patterson each followed by reaching on fielder’s choices. Kengor stepped up with two away and singled to right, moving Patterson to third then Rivera got his second RBI hit of the game to move the Bums’ deficit to one. Although they threatened in the eighth, Traverse City could not complete the comeback. 

Florence’s Jordan Kraus earned the win with a 7 2/3 inning performance, allowing three runs on nine hits, three walks, and he struck out five. He improves to 7-3. Augie Gallardo settled down after the Brower homer but still suffered the loss, falling to 3-4. He finished 6 2/3 innings, allowing four runs on seven hits, two walked, and he fanned seven. Patrick McGrath got the last four outs for the Freedom to pick up his first save of the season.                                                                                                                                                                     

Tomorrow night, the Beach Bums and Freedom will play the middle game of this week’s three game series. John Havird takes the hill for the Beach Bums and Cody Gray goes for Florence. First pitch is at 7:05pm and the voice of the Beach Bums, Tom Willms, goes on the air at 6:45pm with the Budweiser pre-game show, on 101.9- The Bay. 

Wednesdays in 2017 are Winning Wednesdays at Wuerfel Park. We are offering fans a chance to win a number of exciting prizes, including, a four-person VIP table, an eight-person private suite, an 18-hole round of golf to Elmbrook Golf Course, and a flat-screen TV. All fans receive entry into all drawings with purchase of a chairback ticket. 

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.