BUSY NIGHT AT WUERFEL PARK

TRAVERSE CITY, MI – The Traverse City Beach Bums’(37-58) and Washington Wild Things(52-44) each picked up a victory in tonight’s twin bill. The Beach Bums took game one, 5-4, with Washington nabbing game two, 8-2. 

Washington’s James Harris led off the first game and slammed a solo home run over the left field wall for a 1-0 lead. After a scoreless second, Arby Fields led off the third with an infield hit and Steven Patterson also singled. After a groundout moved the runners up to second and third, Alexis Rivera hit a two-run single to right, giving the Bums the lead. On the play, he was able to reach third on a fielding error. Jermery Stidham followed and drove home Rivera with a sacrifice fly. 

In the fifth, Washington got three consecutive RBI singles from Harris, Rashad Brown, and Brailin Jackson, to take a one run lead. Arby Fields led off the bottom of the inning with a solo home run, his fifth of the season. With two outs in the frame, Alexis Rivera reached on an infield single then moved to third on Jeremy Stidham’s single to center. Orlando Rivera drove in the lead run with an infield single of his own to cinch the win for Traverse City. 

Augie Gallardo picked up the win in relief, going one inning and striking out two, improving to 6-7. Trevor Bradley gave up two runs in the fifth on four hits as he falls to 2-3. 

In game 2, Washington took another first inning lead, this time by two, thanks to an RBI triple by Brailin Jackson, and a sacrifice fly by Kane Sweeney. The Wild Things extended to 5-0, in the third, on RBI singles by Jackson and Sweeney, and an RBI groundout by Hector Roa. In the bottom of the inning, Orlando Rivera hit an infield single then Steven Patterson rocketed a two-run home run of the right field wall, his 15th of the year, pulled the Bums within three.  

In the fourth, Rashad Brown drove in a run on a fielder’s choice and a second run scored on an error. James Harris finished off the scoring in the sixth with an RBI sacrifice fly, giving Washington a six run cushion. 

Washington’s Jacob Condra-Bogan pitched three innings of relief, allowing two hits, while striking out four, as he earned his first Frontier League victory. Kramer Champlin suffered the loss to drop to 7-9 after going three and a third innings, and allowing six earned runs on nine hits and a walk. 

Tomorrow evening, the Beach Bums and Washington Wild Things will get together for the final game of the regular season. First pitch is scheduled for 5:05pm and the radio voice of the Beach Bums, Tom Willms, will go on the air at 4:45pm with the Budweiser Pre-Game Show, on 101.9 FM- The Bay. 

Join us tomorrow at Wuerfel Park for the final game of the season! It’s Fan Appreciation Night and we are celebrating you, the fan! First pitch against the Washington Wild Things is at 5:05pm and the gates open at 4pm. Come to the park early to avoid long lines! 

Individual tickets are now available, 24/7 at www.tcbeachbums.com, or by calling the box office at (231) 943-0100, Monday through Friday from 10am to 6pm, and on Saturdays from 10am to 2pm, on non-game days, and from 10am until the seventh inning on game days.