EVANSVILLE, IN – The Traverse City Beach Bums (28-37) started with a four run first inning and didn’t look on their way to a 14-4 win over the Evansville Otters (35-29). 

Marcos Derkes led off the game with a walk then stole second. Two batters later, Jose Vargas drove him home with an RBI double, and the Bums were off to the races. Steven Patterson followed with an RBI double of his own then Elijah Trail ripped a two-run homer down the left field line. Evansville got on the board in the third on an RBI sacrifice fly by Kaeo Aliviedo, although Casey Rodrigue made a fantastic diving catch, potentially saving further damage in the inning. In the top of the fifth, Patterson knocked home Vargas with an RBI double, but in the bottom of the frame, Aliviado and Chris Breen each hit RBI singles, cutting the Bums’s lead to 6-3.  

Traverse City then broke the game open in the sixth inning with a five run outburst. Giancarlo Brugnoni started with a walk and moved to second on a Jeff DeBlieux single. With two away, Rodrigue hit a double to center, scoring both runners, but the Beach Bums weren’t done there. After a Vargas walk, Patterson blasted a three run homer, his eleventh long-ball of the year, and it was 10-3. Evansville got one back in the bottom of the inning when Kolten Yamaguchi hit an RBI single. 

For the second consecutive inning, the Beach Bums batted around. This time, they sent ten men to the dish. Brugnoni again started it with a walk and scored on a DeBlieux RBI double. After Derkes walked and Rodrigue was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Vargas grounded out to drive in a run. Patterson picked up his sixth RBI with his third double of the game, then Christian Santisteban walked with the bases loaded, finishing out the scoring. All in all, the Beach Bums had twelve hits and ten of them went for extra bases.  

Bums starter, Tucker Simpson went five innings for the win to improve to 3-1. He allowed two earned runs on five hits, one walk, and struck out seven. Jacob Lanning and Joeanthony Rivera hurled the rest of the way, allowing just one run on five hits. Luc Rennie is dealt the loss for the Otters, after going 5 2/3 innings, allowing eight runs on eight hits, three walks, and he struck out six. He falls to 1-3.  

Sunday afternoon, the Beach Bums and the Evansville Otters play the rubber game of this three game series. Preston Olson takes the mound for Evansville and Kramer Champlin will get the call for the Beach Bums. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05pm ET and Tom Willmswill have the Miller Lite Pre-Game Show at 7:15pm, on 101.9-The Bay. 

The Beach Bums will be on the road for a week, returning home on Friday, August 5th.  The Beach Bums will be partnering with Northwest Michigan Health Services for a special evening.  It is also another FANtastic Friday sponsored by 4Front Credit Union. The gates open at 5pm with FANtastic post-game fireworks. 

The Beach Bums Box Office & Gift Shop are now open with non-gameday hours of 10am to 6pm Monday through Friday, 10am to 4pm on Saturday. Wuerfel Park is closed on non-gameday Sundays. Stadium hours are extended on gamedays. 

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