Errors Cost Beach Bums In 7-4 Defeat

TRAVERSE CITY, MI - The Windy City ThunderBolts scored in each of their first four at-bats and took advantage of four Beach Bums errors to salvage the final game of a three-game series with Traverse City 7-4 on Sunday evening at Wuerfel Park. File photo by Pete Walters

The Beach Bums’ season-high four errors led to four unearned runs for the ThunderBolts during the game. In the first inning, Evan Button scored after Sean Gusrang overthrew first on a potential double play ball to make it 1-0. An inning later, Gusrang was too tall on a throw to the plate, allowing Doug Joyce to scamper home, doubling the lead.

After a Kyle Robinson RBI single in the third made it 3-0 in favor of Windy City, Button brought home Joyce with a sacrifice fly in the fourth to make it 4-0. The run was unearned due to an error earlier in the frame.

Traverse City’s offense started to awaken in the last of the fourth, though, with George Barber driving home a run on a fielder’s choice to cut the lead to 4-1. Shaun Cooper’s sacrifice fly in the fifth inning shrunk the lead to 4-2 before the Bums tied the game in the last of the sixth on a pinch-hit, two-run single from Jake Rhodes. The rookie catcher now leads Traverse City with seven RBI’s on the season.

Tanner Tripp (0-1) went back to the mound in the seventh with the game tied, but didn’t retire either batter he faced before giving way to Rusty Shellhorn. Mike Torres greeted him with an RBI single to put Windy City back on top and was followed by a Ryan Soares RBI single and sacrifice fly from Matt Scioscia to up the lead to 7-4.

Jesse Snodgrass (1-0) and Daniel Carela shut Traverse City down over the final three innings, allowing just one base runner. Snodgrass picked up the win with 2.2 scoreless frames of relief while Carela picked up his second save of the season.

Tripp took the loss for Traverse City by allowing six runs, three earned, on 10 base hits in his six-plus innings. Shellhorn was charged with an unearned run in two innings of relief.

The Beach Bums still took the series two games to one and will now head back out on the road to start a series with the Lake Erie Crushers on Tuesday night at 7:05. Patrick Merkling (0-0, 4.50) will make the start for Traverse City after having his first outing cut short by rain last week. Lake Erie will counter with Mickey Jannis (1-1, 6.00). Fans can listen to the broadcast starting at 6:45 p.m. on Classic Rock the Bear 98.1/107.1 and