BEACH BUMS WIN SUNDAY MATINEE AND SWEEP SLAMMERS

JOLIET, IL- The Traverse City Beach Bums (38-46) earned their first series sweep of the season as they defeated the Joliet Slammers (47-37) by a final score of 9-7.

Orlando Rivera led off the game by reaching on a walk then Will Kengor singled to move Orlando to second. Alexis Rivera drove in the game’s first run with a sacrifice fly. Joliet tied the game in the bottom of the inning with an RBI single by Travis Bolin.

The Beach Bums broke the game open in the fourth as they sent ten men to the plate. Alexis Rivera and Noah McGowan got the rally started with back-to-back walks. Connor Oliver regained the Traverse City lead with an RBI double. He then moved to second on a wild pitch that scored McGowan. After Kendall Patrick was hit by a pitch, Ryan Kemp hit a two-run single, Orlando Rivera hit an RBI double, and Kengor hit an RBI single, giving the Beach Bums a 7-1 lead.

 In the late innings, Joliet started to chip away at the deficit. L.J. Kalawaia and Justin Garcia each hit RBI doubles in the seventh. In the eighth, RJ Thompson hit an RBI double and Chaz Meadows knocked in a run on a sacrifice fly, pulling the Slammers within two. In the top of the ninth, Kengor led off with a single and Noah McGowan walked. With two outs, Kendall Patrick smashed a double to center, scoring two runs, providing important insurance runs. Garcia rocked a two-run homer in the bottom of the inning but their comeback stalled.

Ken Knudsen improved his record to 6-2 with this afternoon’s victory. He went six innings, allowing a run on six hits and three walks while striking out three. Taylor Goshen suffered the loss. He allowed four runs on two hits and four walks in three innings to drop to 4-5.

On Tuesday night, the Beach Bums continue this nine game road trip, with the opening game of a three game series against the Windy City Thunderbolts. First pitch from Standard Bank Stadium in Crestwood, IL, is scheduled for 8:05pm ET and Tom Willms will have the call, starting with the Budweiser  Pregame Show, at 7:45. Fans can listen along from anywhere in the world at TCBeachBums.com.

The Beach Bums return home on Wednesday, August 29th against the Joliet Slammers. Wednesdays in 2018 are Double Header Nights, offering fans a chance to watch TWO games for the price of ONE! Gates open at 4:00pm -- First pitch set for 5:05pm. Arrive early to sign up for between inning contests and beat the lines! For information and tickets, go to TCBeachBums.com or call (231) 943-0100.  The front office opens daily on non-gamedays, Monday through Friday at 8:30 am; the box office is open 1:00 PM to 6 PM.  Fans may also book online through this website 24/7 however specially priced tickets must be purchased in person.