Fagan Silences Bums Bats In T.c. Loss

TRAVERSE CITY, MI— Lake Erie Crushers starting pitcher Paul Fagan threw one of the best performances of his career as he helped his team beat the Traverse City Beach Bums in front of 3,716 fans at Wuerfel Park Thursday night by a score of 6-2. Pete Walters photo of enthusiastic young Beach Bum fans.

The Lake Erie southpaw, in his fourth year with the team, was masterful in a 126-pitch performance striking out 12 batters in eight innings. Fagan’s dozen strikeouts set a season-best mark for the lefty. His previous season-high was seven in a loss he suffered 8/1 against the Washington Wild Things.

The Crushers struck first in the third inning on an RBI-groundout from shortstop Andrew Davis to jump out to a 1-0 lead. They would add on two more runs in the fourth inning on an RBI-double from designated hitter Kyle Boe and an RBI-single from second baseman Jodam Rivera to open up their three-run lead in the contest.

The Beach Bums would get on the scoreboard thanks to a solo home run from designated hitter Chase Burch to bring the score to a 3-1 Lake Erie lead. The Crushers would tack on three more runs in the seventh in an inning highlighted by an RBI-double from Davis to bring the score to 6-1 in favor of Lake Erie. Burch would add another solo home run in the ninth inning, his second homer of the contest to finish the scoring in the ballgame.

Beach Bums starting pitcher Rick Raraigh (0-3) suffered his third loss after lasting just 3.2 innings on the mound while allowing three runs. Fagan (6-9) earned his sixth win in 2011 with his performance. Offensively, Burch lead the Beach Bums going 3-for-3, with a walk, 2 RBI and 2 runs scored.

With the loss, Traverse City falls a game and a half back on the Crushers for the second playoff spot in the Frontier League East Division standings. The Joliet Slammers, comfortably in first place at 48-33, lost their second game in a row to the Washington Wild Things. The Crushers (42-38) take on the Windy City ThunderBolts (40-41) over the weekend, as the top four teams in the Frontier League East Division battle each other in a scramble for the top two.

The Beach Bums head to Joliet, Illinois to take on the Slammers for a three-game series beginning Friday night at 8:05 p.m. Left hander David Deminsky starts for the Beach Bums. 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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