BUMS’ COMEBACK FALLS SHORT IN SERIES FINALE
MARION, IL – The Beach Bums (1-2) were unable to rally from a
five run deficit, ultimately falling to the Southern Illinois Miners (2-1) by a
final score of 6-4.
It didn’t take very long
for the scoring to begin in the season-opening season finale as the Miners
struck for one in the first. Craig Massey led off with a double down the 3rd base
line, just out of the reach of a diving Jose Vargas. After moving to third on a
ground out, he was driven home by a Nolan Earley RBI single up the middle. The
third inning was just about a carbon coby of the first, but this time it was a
Massey triple down with 1st base line, away from the lunge of
Brandon Thomasson. Two batters later, Earley drove home the second run with
another RBI single, this time to right field.
The Beach Bums got their
offense started in the top of the fourth when Jeff DeBlieux led
off with a double to center. He moved to third on a deep fly out by Will
Kengor. Jose Vargas followed with a sacrifice fly to
center to drive home DeBlieux, and cut the Miners’ lead to 2-1. Southern
Illinois fought right back in the bottom of the frame adding two more runs, and
it was 4-1 Miners.
Toby DeMello led off the bottom of the seventh inning with a looping double into the left field corner. After Julius
Gaines walked, and Earley was walked, Alex DeLeon stepped up with the bases
loaded and one out. He then ripped an RBI single to center to drive home
DeMello, while Gaines and Earley moved up ninety feet. Aaron Gates stepped up
and hit a fly ball to center, driving to Gaines on the sacrifice, bringing to
game to a 6-1 Miners’ lead.
In the eighth, the Beach
Bums started to chip away, starting off the inning with a lead-off walk to Ryan
Bottger. DeBlieux followed with a single to left, then, after Kengor
grounded to first, moving Bottger to third, Vargas picked up his second
sacrifice fly of the game, scoring Bottger, bringing Traverse City within four,
After the Miners went
down in order in the bottom of the inning, Nate Causey led off
by getting hit by a pitch. Steven Patterson was up next and he
slammed a two-run home run over the left-centerfield wall for his first long
ball of the season. Unfortunately, that blast seemed to wake up the Miners
closer, Zach Cooper, who retired the next three batters in order, to end the
ball game, and clinch the series for the Miners.
Josh Kimborowicz (1-0)
earned the win for Southern Illinois, going six innings, allowing one run, on
three hits, a walk, and seven strikeouts. Michael Shreves (0-1)
went six as well, but gave up four runs on six hits, walking two, and striking
out three, taking the loss for the Beach Bums. The bullpen for the Miners was
solid between Jake Cose, Isaac Gil, and Zach Cooper, it was three innings by
the ‘pen, with the only major hiccup being the Patterson home run.
Next up for the Beach
Bums, after a day off on Monday, a quick two game matinee series in suburban
Chicago against the Windy City Thunderbolts. On the mound for Windy City will
be RHP Ryan Strombom while RHP Jacob Lanning makes his first start of the season for the
Traverse City. First pitch on both Tuesday and Wednesday is scheduled
for 11:35am ET at Standard Bank Stadium in Crestwood, IL. Tom Willms has the
call on 101.9 The Bay, starting at 11:15am ET with the Miller Lite Pre-Game
The 2016 home opener will be highlighted by the Pre-Game Championship Ring Ceremony at Wuerfel Park on Friday, May 20th, when the Beach Bums host the Joliet Slammers. Be ready for great baseball and a post game FANtastic Friday Fireworks display presented by 4 Front Credit Union.
The Beach Bums business offices are open from 9am to 6pm, Monday through Friday. Sponsorships, season tickets, group packages, patio tables, and suite, are all currently available for the 2016 season. The Box Office & Gift Ship 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.