JOLIET, IL – After falling in game one of today’s twin bill, 7-1, the Traverse City Beach Bums(33-43) blasted their way to a 10-1 game two win over the Joliet Slammers(43-35), taking the weekend series, two games to one. 

Joliet, after a scoreless first two innings, took a 1-0 lead on a Carter Bell RBI single. In the fifth, the Beach Bums answered back when Gaby Juarbe singled, stole second, then scored on a Marcos Derkes RBI single. In the sixth, Joliet sent nine men to the plate to not only take the lead but break the game open. Charlie White hit an RBI single, and on the play, a second run scored on an error. Phillip Bates then scored on a wild pitch and Jake Gronsky hit a three-run homer, his seventh of the game to seal the game. 

Liam O’Sullivan picked up the complete game win, allowing one run on four hits, three walks, and he struck out nine. He improved to 8-1. Tucker Simpson is stuck with the loss to drop to 2-3. He went into the sixth inning and allowed two runs on six hits and four walk, while striking out two. 

In game two, the Beach Bums got their offense rolling and didn’t stop. In the second, Will Kengor led off with a double then scored on an RBI sacrifice fly by Elijah Trail. Steven Patterson followed with a double then Giancarlo Brugnoni moved him to third with a single. Kendall Patrick singled to center to drive in Patterson then Marcos Derkes made it 3-0 as he plated Brugnoni with an RBI single to center. 

Jose Vargas led off the third inning with a solo blast to left for his 12th of the season. Later in the inning, Patterson hit his second double of the game then scored on a Brugnoni RBI single. In the bottom of the inning, Charlie White hit an RBI sacrifice fly for the Slammers’ lone run of the game. Jeff DeBlieux led off the fourth with a hustle double to center. Two batters later, Ryan Bottger laced his first home run of the season to make it 7-1.  

With two away in the fifth, Brugnoni blasted a solo homer to left for his ninth of the season. In the sixth, DeBlieux led off with a walk, then moved to second when Derkes reached on an error. Bottger picked up his third RBI of the game with a single to center, driving in DeBlieux. On the same play Derkes scored on a throwing error, making it a nine run lead.  

Dylan Stoops was fantastic for the Bums, pitching all seven innings for the complete game, his third of the season. He allowed just one run on three hits and awalk, while striking out six. At one point, he retired fourteen Slammers in a row. He improves to 9-3. Spencer Medick gets the loss for Joliet after giving up five runs on eight hits in two and two-thirds innings, falling to 7-4. 

The Beach Bums will be back in action on Tuesday to start a three game series against the Washington Wild Things. On the mound for Washington will be Matt Fraudin while the Beach Bums counter with  Michael Shreves. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm and Tom Willms will have the call starting at 6:45pm with the Miller Lite pre-game show on 101.9-FM The Bay.  

Coming up on Tuesday, grab a friend and come out to the ballpark for TWO FOR TUESDAY. You and one other can watch as the Beach Bums take on the Washington Wild Things. Every Tuesday, Beach Bums’ chairback tickets are buy one, get one, free, for all fans. You don’t want to miss out!  

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