BEACH BUMS ROUTED BY RIVER CITY
MO – The
Traverse City Beach Bums(24-33) dropped the Friday night series's opener against the River City Rascals(30-29), by a final score of
For the fourth straight game, the Beach Bums found themselves
trailing after their opponent’s first offensive inning. Tonight, it was an RBI
single by Josh Silver, giving the Rascals a 1-0 lead. In the second, Clint
Freeman led off with a home run over the right-center field wall, doubling the
River City advantage.
After a scoreless third, River City sent 14 men to the plate and
broke the game open. Brandon Thomas started the onslaught with a three-run
double to right. Later in the inning, Josh Silver knocked a run in on a bunt
base hit. Paul Kronenfeld then hit a two run double and Josh Ludy hit an RBI
single. Jason Merjano finished the long inning scoring two on a single to right,
giving River City an 11-0 lead. They added two in the eighth when Merjano walked
with the bases loaded and Thomas knocked in a run on a
River City’s Dan Ludwig hurled the complete game shut out win, allowing eight hits and a walk while striking out 10. He improves to 5-1. Brian Bayliss went three and two-thirds, allowing eight earned runs on nine hits and a walk to fall to 0-2. The lone good news for the Bums was, in the ninth, Alexis River hit a single to right to extend his hitting streak to 13 games.
Tomorrow night, the Beach Bums and River City Rascals play game two
of this weekend’s three game series. John Havird will start for the Beach Bums
and Tim Koons goes for River City. First pitch from CarShield Field in O’Fallon,
MO, is scheduled for 7:35pm(EDT) and the voice of the Beach Bums, Tom Willms,
goes on the air at 7:15pm with the Budweiser pre-game show, on 101.9- The
ending soon so make sure you swing out to Wuerfel Park on July 28th
for another FANtastic Fireworks Friday. Be sure to stick around after the game
for a spectacular fireworks display courtesy of ShockWave Pyrotechnics and
sponsored by 4Front Credit Union. Gates open at 6pm for a 7:05 first pitch
against the River City Rascals.
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.