TRAVERSE CITY, MI – The Traverse City Beach Bums(11-24) defeated the Washington Wild Things(19-16), 3-1, thanks to a couple of clutch hits in the late innings. 

Washington got the offense started in the first inning when Jamal Austin hit a single to left. Ricky Rodriguez followed with a walk and Bryan Haar singled to load the bases with nobody out. David Popkins got the Wild Things on the scoreboard with an RBI sacrifice fly but that is all the damage that would be done in the inning as newcomer Sasha Kuebel was able to wiggle out of trouble in his first start as a Beach Bum. 

It took until the fourth but the Beach Bums tied the game at 1 when Jose Vargas singled in Casey Rodrigue. Rodrigue led off the inning, hitting a double to left field, then stole third before Vargas’ RBI knock. With one out in the seventh, catcher Kendall Patrick blasted a solo home run over the left field wall for his 2nd of the season, and the Beach Bums took a 2-1 lead.  

Rodrigue led off the eighth with an infield hit, but Vargas then grounded into a double play. Will Kengor followed with a walk and moved to second on a wild pitch. Steven Patterson drove in an important insurance run with a single to left, scoring Kengor. In the top of the ninth, Washington got a man on via a hit-by-pitch but, Kyle Pollock lined out to short and the runner at first was doubled off to end the game. 

Rob Blanc shined in his first relief appearance of the season, going two innings, allowing one hit and striking out three. He earned the win to go to 1-1. Chase Cunningham started for Washington, going seven innings, and allowing two runs on six hits. He gets the loss dropping to 2-4. Andrew Brockett faced the minimum in the ninth for his second save of the season. 

Tomorrow night, the Beach Bums hit the road to start a seven game road trip, starting with a four game series in Crestwood, IL, against the Windy City Thunderbolts. Jacob Lanning gets the start for the Beach Bums while Ryan Strombom goes for the ThunderBolts. First pitch is scheduled for 8:05pm and Tom Willms will have the Miller Lite Pre-Game Show at 7:45pm, on 101.9- The Bay.  

The Beach Bums 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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