TIMELY HITTING LEADS TO BUMS WIN OVER SOUTHERN ILLINOIS
TRAVERSE CITY, MI -- The Traverse City Beach Bums(22-25) and the Southern Illinois miners(24-20), for the third straight night, locked up for another pitchers duel with the Beach Bums getting the clutch hits, pulling away for a 5-1 victory.
After two scoreless innings, Kendall Patrick was able to reach second on an error with one out. Connor Oliver moved him to third on a grounder then came in to score on an Isaac Benard RBI single, giving the Bums a 1-0 lead. In the sixth, Oliver led off by getting hit by a pitch then moved to second on Benard's sacrifice bunt. Two batters later, Luke Lowery powered a double into right field to score Oliver, and double the Traverse City advantage.
The Miners responded in the seventh when Kyle Davis knocked home a run with a single to left, but the Beach Bums pulled away in the eighth with three runs on four straight hits. Benard led off with a single then scored on Kengor's league-leading 21st double of the season. Lowery then singled to moved Kengor to third. Alexis Rivera came to the plate and yanked a double down the right field line, scoring both Kengor and Lowery for a 5-1 lead.
Matt Murphy earned the win for the Bums to improve to 2-2 on the year. He went six innings, allowing one run on five hits and two walks while striking out five. Steven Ridings is dealt a tough loss as he went six innings, giving up three hits, one earned run, and he struck out 11. He falls to 4-3. Matt Williams pitched the last two innings, striking out four, for his fifth save. With the win, the Beach Bums take two of three from Southern Illinois, and win their second straight series.
Tonight, the Beach Bums continue this week's six game home stand, with a series opener against the Gateway Grizzlies. Max McNabb gets the start for Gateway while Justin Finan goes for the Beach Bums. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm and Tom Willms will have the call, starting with the Budweiser pregame show, at 6:45pm. You can listen along from anywhere in the world at TCBeachbums.com.
What could be better than a warm summer night at the ballpark, laughing with friends and family, while celebrating America's pastime and cheering on the Beach Bums? Adding Fireworks to the mix! Fridays in 2018 are Fantastic Fireworks Fridays at Wuerfel Park. So come on out and join us as the Bums take on the Gateway Grizzlies, and stick around for the best fireworks show in town. Gates open at 5pm for a 7:05 start. For information and tickets, go to TCBeachBums.com or cal the office at (231) 943-0100.