BEACH BUMS WIN IN EXTRAS TO CLINCH SERIES
IL – The
Traverse City Beach Bums(15-15) put up three runs in the 11th and
held on for a 5-4 win over the Southern Illinois Miners(10-20) to win this
week’s series, two games to one.
Through the first four innings, the game was scoreless, thanks to
the work of starters John Havird and Chris Washington. In the bottom of the
fifth, Southern Illinois took the lead on an RBI single by Ben Moore. The Beach
Bums responded in the top of the next inning, starting with Giancarlo Brugnoni
reaching on a dropped third strike. After Lucas Hunter sacrificed him to second,
Arby Fields drove Brugnoni home to tie the game.
The Miners took the lead back in the seventh when, with runners at
second and third, Joel McKeithan scored on a balk call. Once again, it didn’t
take long for the Bums to respond. Kendall Patrick led off the eighth with a
single and moved to second on an Elijah Trail sacrifice bunt. After Brugnoni
walked, pinch-hitter, Jeff DeBlieux hit a single to drive in Patrick to tie the
game at two apiece.
The Beach Bums took full advantage of the international tie-breaker
rule to start the eleventh. With Steven Patterson on at second, Will Kengor
walked, and Alexis Rivera rocketed a single off of the pitcher’s head, scoring
Patterson and moving Kengor to second. Patrick sacrificed the runners ahead then
Trail ripped a grounds-rule double that one-hopped the fence down the left field
line, scoring two runs. Although, Justin Chigbogu hit a 2-run homer in the
bottom of the inning, the Beach Bums held on for the win.
Kenneth Knudsen pitched a solid two innings in relief to improve
his record to 1-0. He allowed just one hit and a walk while striking out two.
Nick Palacios also went two innings for Southern Illinois, but allowed the three
runs in the eleventh to fall to 0-2. Jacob Lanning regrouped after the Chigbogu
homer to pick up his ninth save of the season.
night, the Beach Bums continue this week’s six game road trip, starting a three
game series against the Gateway Grizzlies in Sauget, IL. James Ball will take
the hill for the Beach Bums while Will Anderson starts for Gateway. First pitch
is scheduled for 8:05pm EDT with and Tom Willms will have the call starting at
7:45pm with the Budweiser Pre-Game Show, on 101.9- The Bay.
Come out to
Wuerfel Park on Saturday, June 17th, for our 2nd Annual 5K
Run/Walk/Taste. Adult participants ($25/person) receive a 5K t-shirt and a 6
ounce draft of Shorts for each K completed. We also have the Moomers 1K for kids
joining their parents. 1K participants ($15/person) will receive a t-shirt and a
Moomers ice cream upon completion of their run. The fun gets started at 11am and
for more information and registration, call 231-943-0100.
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.