TRAVERSE CITY, MI – The Traverse City Beach Bums(10-24) had a 4-2 lead in the seventh but couldn’t hold on as they lost to the Washington Wild Things(19-15), 6-4. 

The game started off with a trading of runs in the first inning. Washington’s Bryan Haar hit a solo home run over the left field wall in the top of the frame, but the Bums responded. Casey Rodrigue, with one out, hit a double to left field, and then stole third. Will Kengor drove him home with an RBI double to tie the game. 

In the third, Marcos Derkes picked up his first hit as a Beach Bum, with a single to center. After moving to third on a grounder, he scored on a Kengor RBI single. Kengor promptly stole second and came in to score on a Ryan Bottger RBI single to center field, giving Traverse City a 3-1 lead.  

The teams exchanged runs in the fourth inning, starting with Washington getting an RBI double from Jimmy Yezzo to plate Nick Ferdinand. Christian Santisteban led off for the Bums, ripping a single up the middle. Jeff DeBlieux followed with an infield single, moving Santisteban to second. Marcos Derkes attempted to sacrifice bunt to move both runners into scoring position. His bunt went toward the pitcher but the pitcher's throw to first got away for an error, and Santisteban came in to score.  

After a scoreless fifth and sixth, and with runners at first and second, Bryan Haar came to the plate. With a 3-2 count, he deposited a three-run blast to left for his second of the game, and ninth homer of the season, giving Washington their first lead of the game at 5-4. They added one more run in the eighth on a Jamal Austin RBI groundout.  

Brian O’Keefe got the win in relief for Washington. He came in to start the sixth, and went two innings while striking out five. He improves to 1-0. Luke Barker suffered the loss to drop to 0-3 after giving up what turned out to be the winning home run in the seventh. Zac Grotz went two innings, surviving threats in both innings to get his seventh save of the season. 

Tomorrow night, the Beach Bums and Washington Wild Things conclude this three game series. Jacob Lanning gets the start for the Beach Bums while Chase Cunningham goes for Washington. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm and Tom Willms will have the Miller Lite Pre-Game Show at 6:45pm, on 101.9- The Bay.  

Don’t Forget- Coming up on Thursday, June 23rd, it will be Thirsty Thursday, with one dollar Short’s Light and other drink specials while supplies last. Also, in honor of the 2016 Summer Olympics, the Beach Bums are hosting their own official Olympic Day sponsored by the USOC. Come enjoy a fun Olympic themed evening as we promote the USOC’s mission of fitness, well-being, culture, and education. Gates open at 5pm. 

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. 

For more information, please to call the offices at 1-231-943-0100 or come on out to the park and say hello!

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