Macdougall Mows Down Florence 4-1

TRAVERSE CITY, MI – Ian MacDougall faced the minimum in six of his eight innings and earned his fourth straight win as the Traverse City Beach Bums knocked off the Florence Freedom 4-1 on Thursday night at Wuerfel Park to finish the series. David April photograph

MacDougall (6-3) walked the first batter of the game but promptly erased him on a double play. After giving up an RBI single to Rolando Gomez in the third, the southpaw retired 11 consecutive batters before giving up a single to lead off the seventh. He forced another double play and allowed just a leadoff walk in the eighth as the only other baserunner against. MacDougall faced only three over the minimum, needing a minute 79 pitches to match his longest start of the year

In the month of August, MacDougall has gone 3-0 with a 0.82 ERA, allowing two runs over 22 innings in three starts.

Traverse City bounced back from the 1-0 deficit with two runs in the last of the third inning. The first two batters reached and moved into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt before Jeff DeBlieux scored Jake Rhodes on a sacrifice fly to knot the game at one. Jose Vargas followed with a two-out double plating Scott Woodward to push TC ahead 2-1.

In the fourth inning, Kevin Taylor reached on a double, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a suicide squeeze to make it 3-1. TC was held quiet until the eighth inning when Jovan Rosa drove in DeBlieux with a two-out single to bring the score to 4-1. Will Rankin picked up his fifth save with a perfect nine-pitch ninth.

Michael O’Neal (2-4) took the loss for Florence, allowing three runs on three earned while tying a season-high with five innings pitched.

Traverse City continues its nine-game homestand by opening up a series against the Lake Erie Crushers on Friday at 7:05 p.m. Scott Vachon (2-1, 4.94) starts for TC against Lake Erie’s Andy Roberts (0-0, 4.15). Friday night will feature postgame fireworks plus one lucky fan will win a Caribbean Cruise for two courtesy of Passageways Travel and TVC Airport. Fans can listen to the broadcast starting at 6:45 p.m. on Classic Rock the Bear 98.1/107.1 and classicrockthebear.com.

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