JOLIET, IL- The Traverse City Beach Bums (37-46) gave up just four hits in tonight’s game on their way to a 4-1 win over the Joliet Slammers (47-36). 

Joliet picked up the first run of the game, in the first inning, on a Danny Zardon RBI single, as Connor Oliver’s throw from centerfield was just shy of nabbing him. Isaac Benard and Will Kengor led off the fourth inning with back-to-back doubles, with the second tying the game up at one. Luke Lowery followed with a walk and Connor Oliver singled to load the bases. Kendall Patrick ripped a single into left field, scoring Kengor, for a 2-1 Bums lead. 

In the fifth, Josh Hauser reached on an error then moved to second on an Orlando Rivera sacrifice bunt. After Benard reached on a second error, moving Hauser to third, Kengor hit an RBI single to double the Traverse City lead. The Beach Bums added an insurance run in the seventh when Orlando Rivera  and Benard singled, then three batters later, Oliver hit an RBI single, driving in Rivera. 

Tyler Thornton earned the first win of his professional career, going six innings, allowing a run on two hits and two walks, while striking out four. He’s now 1-1. Scot Hoffman is dealt the loss as he falls to 8-5 on the season. He went six innings, allowing four runs, three earned, on 11 hits and a walk. John Michael Knighton picked up his 12th save of the season, giving up a hit and a walk in the ninth. 

On Sunday afternoon, the Beach Bums and Joliet Slammers play the finale of this weekend’s three game set with the Bums going for their first series sweep of the season. Taylor Goshen starts for Joliet while Ken Knudsen goes for the Beach Bums. First pitch is scheduled for 2:05pm ET and Tom Willms will have the call, starting with the Budweiser pregame show, at 1:45. You can listen along from anywhere in the world at

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 or call the office at (231) 943-0100.