AVON, OH – The Traverse City Beach Bums(9-22) had the tying run on base in the ninth ultimately fell to the Lake Erie Crushers(16-14), by the final score of 4-3. (Hometown fans lift their banners in support of the Beach Bums in a file photo.)

The action started right away as Lake Erie starter, Evan Raynor had trouble with his command, loading the bases in the first inning with two outs but the Beach Bums could take advantage. The second inning was a different story, this time the Bums loaded them up with nobody out, thanks to a Brandon Thomasson walk, a Brian Portelli double, and a Jeff DeBlieux walk. Ryan Bottger hit an RBI sacrifice fly to right to score Thomasson, then Casey Rodrigue reached on a fielder’s choice, scoring Portelli, it was 2-0 after two.  

Lake Erie cut the lead in half after a scoreless third and fourth inning. Scott Carcaise led off with a walk, then was bunted over by Parker Norris. Brady North and Bryan De Le Rosa each followed with singles, the latter scoring Carcaise to make it a 2-1 game.  

In the sixth, pinch hitter Brendan Constantino walked, De La Rosa reached on an error, and Max Casper walked. Luke Barker then came into the game and immediately struck out the next two batters he faced. Jose Barraza was next and he laced a double into the right field gap, scoring all three runners, and giving Lake Erie a 4-2 lead.  

With  two out in the top of the ninth, Casey Rodrigue doubled into center field. Jose Vargas followed with an RBI single, scoring Rodrigue, and cutting the deficit in half. With that Vargas hit, he now has a nine game hitting streak. Although Will Kengor battled, he eventually struck out to end the game and the loss extends the Bums losing streak to six games.  

Lake Erie used eight pitchers in tonight’s contest with Ryan Richardson getting the win to improve to 1-0. Benjamin Libuda, who started the fateful seventh inning, is dealt the loss to fall to 1-3. Mike Devine finished the game off for the Crushers for his third save of the season. 

The Beach Bums will try to salvage the finale of this weekend’s three game series against the Lake Erie Crushers, tomorrow afternoon. Dylan Stoops will take the start for the Beach Bums and it will be Todd Kibby for Lake Erie, in a battle of lefties. First pitch is scheduled for 2:05pm and Tom Willms will have the Miller Lite Pre-Game Show at 1:45pm, on 101.9- The Bay.  

Coming up on Tuesday, June 21st, it will be another Two for Tuesday event as the Beach Bums host the Washington Wild Things. The Traverse City Beach Bums are working in conjunction with the Alzheimers Association of Traverse City to try and paint the park in purple in order to help bring awareness to Alzheimers. Bring the whole family and sign up for the Walk to End Alzheimers, help spread awareness, and show your support for those affected by this mental illness. 

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!

Upcoming Home Games

May 25th 7:05 PM
Evansville Otters
May 26th 7:05 PM
Evansville Otters
May 27th 5:05 PM
Evansville Otters
Jun 1st 7:05 PM
Joliet Slammers