Burch’s Big Night Propels Bums

SAUGET, IL— Chase Burch’s four hit night was highlighted by a three-run home run in the seventh inning as the Traverse City Beach Bums took game two of a three-game series with a 7-1 victory over the Gateway Grizzlies in front of 3,097 fans at GCS Ballpark.

Traverse City opened the scoring in the first inning when Burch delivered an RBI-single to make it 1-0. In the third, J.T. Hall bounced an RBI-single into right field to make it 2-0.

In the seventh, the Beach Bums blew the score wide open when right fielder Jason Codiroli, who hit only one home run in 2010, delivered his third home run of the season, and second in as many nights to drive home John Parham ahead of him to make it a 4-0 lead. It was then when the Beach Bums first baseman delivered the three-run shot high over the left field wall to give Traverse City a 7-0 lead.

Andy Paulun (1-0) pitched five scoreless innings for Traverse City and struck out four to record his first win of the season. Gateway starter B.J. Dail (0-2) pitched six innings and allowed four runs in suffering the loss for the Grizzlies, his second of 2011.

The Beach Bums improve to 5-6 with the win, while the Grizzlies fall to 6-5 on the season.

The Beach Bums-Grizzlies series concludes with game three on Thursday night at 8:05 p.m. Rob Gariano gets the start for the Beach Bums. Right hander Josh Whitlock gets the start for the Grizzlies. The Budweiser Pregame Show starts at 7:45 p.m. on Sunny Country 101.9 FM and streaming online through tcbeachbums.com.

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