BEACH BUMS LOSE SLUGFEST IN SCHAUMBURG

SHAUMBURG, IL – Tonight’s second game was the polar opposite of last night’s season opening pitcher’s duel but the result was similar as the Traverse City Beach Bums(0-2) fell to the Schaumburg Boomers(2-0), 13-10. 

The runs came early and often in tonight’s contest. After Ryan Garvey was hit by a pitch in the first inning, Steven Patterson singled to left, moving Garvey to third. Patterson then stole second and on the throw, Garvey scored the first run of the game. Alexis Rivera followed with an RBI single to bring home Patterson, to make it 2-0 after one.

With one out in the second, Giancarlo Brugnoni mashed his first home run of the season over the wall in left-centerfield. Schaumburg responded in the bottom of the inning with a single run when Seth Spivey scored on a throwing error by the pitcher. In the top of the third, the Beach Bums regained the three run advantage when Will Kengor, who led off the inning with a walk, scored on an Elijah Trail grounder, making it a 4-1 Beach Bums lead. 

Schaumburg batted around in the bottom of the third, sending 10 men to the plate and scoring six runs in the process. With the bases loaded and nobody out, David Harris grounded out to score James Keller from third. Kyle Ruchim followed with a 2-run single to tie the game at four. With the bases full of Boomers for the second time in the inning, Will Soto laced a bases-clearing double into centerfield, giving Schaumburg a 7-4 advantage. 

To the Beach Bums credit, they came right back in the top of the fourth and regained the lead. Brugnoni led off the frame by getting hit by a pitch. Nick Murphy then walked and Jeff DeBlieux singled to load the bases with nobody out. Two batters later, Patterson hit a single into right field, scoring two, and the moving to second on the throw to the plate. Kengor followed with an RBI single into center, plating DeBlieux, and tying the game. Traverse City then took the lead on an RBI groundout by Rivera, making it an 8-7 game.  

Schaumburg retook the lead themselves in the bottom of the fifth on a bases loaded walk issued to Keller, and an RBI single by Zack Weigel. In the sixth, the Boomers took a 10-8 lead when Kyle Ruchim tripled, then scored on a double play.  

Elijah Trail led off the top of the seventh inning by getting hit by a pitch, the final of three unintentional bean balls thrown by Schaumburg pitchers. Two batters later, with two away, Nick Murphy singled, and both runners moved to second and third on a wild pitch. Turning over to the top of the order, Jeff DeBlieux knocked a single into centerfield, scoring both Trail and Murphy, and tying the game at 10 apiece. 

After the stretch, the Boomers pulled away for good with three runs, in the bottom of the seventh. First, it was David Harris with an RBI triple. Then, Harris scored on a Kyle Ruchim single. Finally, Sean Spivey doubled to bring home Ruchim and extend their lead to 13-10.

Unlike last night’s stellar work by both bullpens, tonight’s pitchers struggled with seven of the combined nine pitchers used giving up at least one earned run. Austin Kerr picked up the win for Schaumburg to improve to 1-0 while Jacob Lanning is stuck with loss, dropping to 0-1. Alec Kenilvort hurled a perfect ninth, with one strikeout, to earn his first save of the young season. 

The Beach Bums will attempt to salvage the finale of this season-opening three game series in Schaumburg, tomorrow afternoon at 2pm. The Boomers will put right-hander, Kagen Hopkins on the hill to start the game while Traverse City will go with leftie newcomer, Tyler Painton. Tom Willms will have the call, starting with the Budweiser pre-game show, at 1:40pm, on 101.9FM- The Bay, and at TCBeachBums.com.

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