BEACH BUMS HANG ON TO EARLY LEAD FOR WIN IN WINDY CITY
IL- The Traverse City Beach Bums(19-23) had a 5-0 lead after
five innings and were able to secure the win over the Windy City
Thunderbolts(14-28) by a final score of 5-3.
After two scoreless
innings, the Beach Bums got the offense rolling in the third. Orlando Rivera
singled to right with one away then promptly stole second. Isaac Benard followed
and lined a single to right-center field to score Rivera for a 1-0 lead. Luke
Lowery led off the next inning by getting hit by a pitch for the tenth time this
season. Two batters later, Max Dutto hit a two-run homer for the second straight
game, his third of the season, for a 3-0 advantage.
Orlando Rivera led off the
fifth with a walk then Will Kengor and Steve Lohr also followed with walks to
load the bases. Luke Lowery singled in Rivera as the bases remained loaded, then
Alec Olund drove in another run while reaching on a fielder’s choice for a 5-0
lead. Windy City started to chip away in the sixth when Alex Johnson hit an RBI
triple for the ‘Bolts first run. They added two more in the seventh on a
Jonathan McCray fielder’s choice and an Omar Obregon RBI single, but that’s as
close as they would come.
Matt Murphy celebrated his
23rd birth with his first professional win, hurling six innings as he
gave up one run on seven hits while striking out four. He’s now 1-2. Eddie Avila
suffered the loss to drop to 0-3. He went into the fifth, allowing all five Bums
runs on five hits and three walks. John Michael Knighton pitched the ninth,
getting a strike out, for his sixth save of the
On Saturday, the Beach Bums
and the Windy City Thunderbolts continue this weekend’s three game set with game
two. Zac Westcott gets the start for Windy City while Justin Finan takes the
hill for the Beach Bums. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm eastern time, 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
This coming Tuesday, the Beach Bums return home for a six game home stand to close out the first half of the season, starting with the Southern Illinois Miners. Gates open at 6pm for a 7:05 start. For information and tickets, go to TCBeachBums.com or call the office at (231) 943-0100.