BUMS FALL IN RAIN-SHORTENED SLUGFEST
TRAVERSE CITY, MI – In a game that ended after the sixth
inning, due to rain, the Traverse City Beach Bums (8-16) lost a high-scoring
affair to the Joliet Slammers (14-12), 12-10.
Joliet hopped off
of the bus and onto the scoreboard, early in the first inning, when Boo Vazquez
hit an RBI double and Jake Gronsky hit an RBI single, taking a 2-0 lead. That
seemed to wake up the Beach Bums who got on a big roll in the bottom of the
In the Bums half
of the first, they brought twelve men to the plate in an eight run explosion.
Ryan Bottger and Steven Patterson started with singles. Jose Vargas drove in
Bottger with a single to get the scoring started. After Will Kengor walked,
Giancarlo Brugnoni rocked a two run double to right, giving Traverse City the
3-2 lead. Two batters later, Brandon Thomasson walked, then Gaby Juarbe singled
in another run. Jeff DeBlieux next came to the plate and smacked a two run
single, scoring Brugnoni and Thomasson. DeBlieux then stole second and when the
catcher’s throw got away, Juarbe scored from third. Bottger came to the plate
again, driving a fly ball to right, scoring DeBlieux on the sacrifice to finish
the offense for the inning.
Joliet started to
chip away at the Bums’ lead in the top of the second, when both Alfredo
Rodriguez and Vazquez, each hit RBI singles. After a scoreless third, the
Slammers got two more in the top of the fourth on sacrifice fly’s by Vazquez and
Carter Bell, bringing them with two.
The Beach Bums got
the four run lead back in the bottom of the frame, starting when Bottger reached
on an error. Vargas walked two batters later and Kengor grounded into a
fielder’s choice, eliminating Vargas at second and moving Bottger to third. Giancarlo Brugnoni extended
the inning with a walk then Casey Rodrigue slipped a two run single to right,
scoring Bottger and Kengor, and the Bums led 10-6.
Joliet got back
within two in the fifth when Melvin Rodriguez walked and Joe Staley hit a two
run homer over the centerfield wall, his second of the season. In the top of the
sixth, Vazquez singled, Bell reached on an error, and Flores walked, to load the
bases with nobody out. Gronsky stepped to the plate and hit a grand slam to
left, for his 2nd homer of the season, giving Joliet the lead. After
a scoreless bottom of the inning, and the sky getting darker, the decision was
made to halt the game for a delay. Not long after, when the rains began, the
game was called.
Brent Choban gets
the win for Joliet, giving up just one hit in two innings of work, striking out
three, to improve to 2-3. Benjamin Libuda, who pitched the deciding sixth
inning, gets the loss to drop to 1-2.
The Beach Bums and
Joliet Slammers continue this three game series with game two tomorrow night.
Taking the mound for the Bums is Jacob Lanning while Sean Townsley gets the
start for Joliet. 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 tomorrow, it’s another Short’s
Brewery Takeover, this time featuring “Ocho De Mayo”, a margarita concept. Also,
due to tonight’s rain-shortened game, we will have a special FANTastic Fireworks
show after the game.
Also on tap -- the first Farmers, Flea & Craft Market of the summer is tomorrow morning 9 am to 2 PM. Come on out and check it out.