BEACH BUMS FALL TO SOUTHERN ILLINOIS
CITY, MI – In
contrast to last night’s blowout victory, The
Traverse City Beach Bums(7-7) dropped behind early against the Southern Illinois
Miners(5-9) tonight, and ultimately lost by a final score of
The first five batters reached to get things rolling in the first
for the Miners. Justin Chigbogu drove in two runs with a single then Ryan
Lashley hit an RBI single of his own. Ben Moore completed the scoring in the
inning with a sacrifice fly and Southern Illinois took a 4-0 lead. It took until
the fifth but with three straight doubles by the Miners, including RBI hits by
Lashley and Billy Germaine, they extended the advantage to
With two outs in the sixth, Alexis Rivera hit a mammoth shot, his
third homer over the season, over the right field wall to get the Beach Bums in
the run column. Elijah Trail led off in the seventh with a double. Two batters
later, Nick Murphy drove him home with an RBI single to left, and moved to
second on the throw to the plate. On a wild pitch, Murphy moved to third, but
the throw to try to nab him got away from the third baseman, allowing Murphy to
cut the deficit to 6-3.
In the eighth, Southern Illinois was able to add some insurance
runs. Craig Massey drove in a run on a fielder’s choice. Nolan Earley followed
with a run-scoring sacrifice fly. In the ninth, the Beach Bums got a couple of
men on base, but could not continue the rally.
The Miners’ Ethan Gibbons earned the win with a six inning
performance, allowing just one run on three hits and two walks, while he struck
out five. He improves to 1-1. Nate Abel battled through five innings, allowing
six runs on nine hits, but fell to 1-1 with the loss. Enrique Oquendo had a
solid Bums debut, striking out three in two innings.
Beach Bums and Miners complete this weekend’s three-game set with the rubber
match tomorrow evening. First pitch at Wuerfel Park is at 5:05pm and Tom Willms
will have the call starting at 4:45pm with the Budweiser Pre-Game Show, on
Sunday is Family FUNday Sunday at Wuerfel Park. After the game, it’s Kids Run the Bases, sponsored by Taco Bell then there will be team autographs in front of the Beach Bums clubhouse. There is a free team headshot poster for the first 250 fans in the autograph line.
The gates open at 4pm for a 5:05pm first
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.