FLORENCE FREEDOM SHUT THE BEACH BUMS DOWN
TRAVERSE CITY, MI – After last night’s 5-0 shutout win, the Traverse City Beach Bums(27-36) had the tables turned on them, falling to the Florence Freedom(27-36) by the final score of 3-0.
After both teams went scoreless through the first three innings,
Florence’s Andrew Godbold knocked a solo home run over the left field wall, his
eighth of the season, to give his club a 1-0 lead. It took until the eighth, but
Florence netted a couple of important insurance runs. After Isaac Wenrich
walked, and pinch-runner Shaun Cooper stole second, Andre Mercurio hit a deep
fly ball to left that carried to the wall for an RBI triple. Two batters later
Goldbold drove Mercurio in to score on an RBI single.
The Freedom’s Cody Gray earned the win to improve to 5-1 on the year. He went six and 2/3 innings, allowing just one hit while walking five, and he struck out six. Michael Shreves had a quality start for the Bums, going seven and 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on six hits, two walks, and fanned two. He falls to 2-5 with the loss. Ethan Gibbons hurled a perfect ninth, with a strikeout, to nab his eighth save of the season. Luke Barker closed the game for the Beach Bums going 1.2 innings with one hit and 2 K's. Ryan Bottger and Jeff DeBlieux had the only two hits on the night for the Beach Bums.
The Beach Bums head to Evansville, IN bright and early Friday morning, to start a three game series against the Evansville Otters. Felix Baez takes the hill for Evansville and Austin Bembnowski will start for the Beach Bums. First pitch is scheduled for 7:35pm ET and Tom Willms will have the Miller Lite Pre-Game Show at 7:15pm, on 101.9-The Bay.
The Beach Bums will be on the road for a week, returning home on Friday, August 5th. The Beach Bums will be partnering with Northwest Michigan Health Services for a special evening. It is also another FANtastic Friday sponsored by 4Front Credit Union. The gates open at 5pm with FANtastic post-game fireworks.
Wuerfel Park hosts their weekly Farmers, Flea & Craft Market on Saturday from 9am to 2pm. Come on out and see what you can find, vendors change weekly. It's an easy drive out to the park, lots of parking. The Beach Bums Box Office & Gift Shop will be open from 10am to 2pm 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!