LOPEZ SHUTS OUT GATEWAY FOR SERIES OPENING WIN

SAUGET, IL -- The Traverse City Beach Bums(29-28) got a monster performance from starter Reinaldo Lopez, and earned a 6-0 win over the Gateway Grizzlies(25-35) to open up this weekend's three game series.


After two scoreless innings to start off the game, Ryan Kemp led off the third reaching on a walk. Isaac Benard followed by cranking a two-run opposite field home run, his fifth long ball of the season, giving the Bums a 2-0 lead. Benard picked up his second hit of the night as he singled to center. Will Kengor followed with his own single, moving Benard to third, then, two batters later, Kendall Patrick drove in a run on a sacrifice fly, bringing the lead to 3-0.

In the eight inning, Noah McGowan led off with a single to right. He then moved to second on a passed ball and to third on a wild pitch. Two batters later, Alec Olund drove him home with a sacrifice fly. Steve Lohr, with one out in the ninth, doubled down the right field line. Patrick moved him to third on a single then Benard scored on a wild pitch that moved Patrick to third. After a pitching change, Alexis Rivera drove in Patrick with a sacrifice fly, closing the scoring.

Reinaldo Lopez hurled his league-leading third complete game shutout of the season, in his way to a win and a 6-3 record. He allowed five hits and a walk while striking out four, in a 100 pitch effort. Suffering the loss was Max McNabb as he went seven inning, giving up three runs on nine hits and three walks to fall to 6-6 on the season.

Tonight, the Beach Bums and Gateway Grizzlies continue this weekend's three game set with game two. Getting the call for Gateway is Alec Kisena and Jordan Desguin starts for the Beach Bums. First pitch is scheduled for 8:05pm eastern and Tom Willms will have the call, starting with the Budweiser pregame show, at 7:45. You can listen along from anywhere in the world at TCBeachBums.com.

The Bums return home to Wuerfel Park on July 25th, for a Double Header against the Lake Erie Crushers. Don't miss out on this steal of a deal as you'll get to watch TWO games for the price of ONE! Gates open at 4pm for a 5:05 first pitch. For information and tickets, go to TCBeachBums.com or call the office at (231) 943-0100.