JOLIET, IL – The Traverse City Beach Bums(41-51) took game one of this weekend’s three game series against the new East division champion, Joliet Slammers(50-44),by the final score of 4-3.  Beach Bums file photo of Jeff DeBlieux.

Joliet got the game’s offense started in the top of the third inning when they loaded the bases with two outs, and Joe Staley hit a two-run single to left, giving the Slammers a 2-0 lead. With one out in the fifth, Gaby Juarbe dribbled a grounder to the pitcher but he threw it away and Juarbe ended up on second. Jaurbe then advanced to third on a Casey Rodrigue single. Jeff DeBlieux got the Bums on the board by driving in Juarbe with an RBI single. After Ryan Bottger walked, Jose Vargas slipped a single into the outfield, bringing in Rodrigue, and the game was now tied at two. 

DeBlieux as part of a four hit night, hit a one out triple in the top of the seventh inning. After another Bottger walk, Vargas drove him home with a sacrifice fly to deep right field, and the Bums had the lead. Bottger then followed with a stolen base and scored on a Will Kengor RBI single. After the stretch, Joliet cut the lead in half when Casey Fletcher scored on a ground out, but that is as close as the Slammers would come. 

Benjamin Libuda had his best start since joining the rotation with a fine six inning performance. He allowed just two runs on five hits, one walk, and he struck out five. Libuda improves to 4-5. Sean Townsley gets the loss to fall to 7-8, after going 6 2/3 innings, allowing three earned runs on eight hits. Luke Barker nabbed his seventh save of the season, getting through the ninth unscathed. 

The Beach Bums go for the series win against Joliet tomorrow night at 7:05pm. Tom Willms will have the call starting at 6:45pm with the Miller Lite pre-game show on 101.9-FM The Bay. 

Although the home schedule is complete, be sure to keep an eye on our website,, for information on the 2017 season, including new promotions, player signings, next season’s schedule, and much more. You can also follow the team on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat.               

The Beach Bums business office is open 8:30 am to 5:30 PM, Monday through Friday as we move into our fall off-season hours.  The Farmer's, Craft & Flea Markets are open from 9am to 2pm on Saturday, September 3rd in the main fan parking lot.  Wuerfel Park will be closed on Sunday and Labor Day as well as the staff enjoys a well-deserved day off. 

For more information, please to call the offices at 1-231-943-0100 or come on out to the park and say hello!

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