TRAVERSE CITY, MI – The Traverse City Beach Bums’(22-30) couldn’t overcome a quick Evansville Otters(30-21) start, dropping this weekend’s series opener, 9-2. 

Rolando Gomez led off the game for the Otters with a double to centerfield. After two quick fly outs, Chris Breen drove him home with a double of his own. Nik Balog followed with a walk then Denzel Richardson hit a blast down the left field line for a three run homer, his second of the season, and it was 4-0 after a half inning. 

In the third, Josh Allen walked and came in to score on Balog’s RBI single to right. One inning later, Evansville added another run when, with two away, Christopher Riopedre hit a solo shot to left, his second long ball of the season. In the bottom of the inning, the Beach Bums offense got some momentum. With one out, Steven Patterson singled to center and Jose Vargas, returning from the disabled list, walked. Will Kengor drove in the first run with a single to left, scoring Patterson, and the Bums trailed 6-1. 

Evansville added a run in the sixth on an RBI single by Gomez but the Beach Bums got that run back in the bottom of the seventh. Ryan Bottger hit his first triple of the season, then came in to score on Kendall Patrick’s RBI sacrifice fly. After a scoreless eighth, the Otters put the game away in the ninth on an RBI single by Richardson, and a sacrifice fly by Chris Sweeney. 

Preston Olson improved to 3-1 with a seven inning performance. He allowed two runs on five hits and a walk while striking out six. Dylan Stoops suffered the loss to drop to 5-3. He let in six runs in four innings, allowing five hits and two walks, and fanned four. The loss ends a four game win streak for the Bums. 

Saturday night, the Beach Bums and Evansville Otters play game two of this three game weekend set. On the mound for Evansville is Hunter Ackerman while the Bums will go with Michael Shreves. 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.  

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