Ninth-inning Rally Not Enough, Bums Fall 5-4

TRAVERSE CITY, MI - The Traverse City Beach Bums nearly rallied from a 5-0 deficit in the last of the ninth inning, but stranded the tying run at second base, falling to the Washington Wild Things 5-4 on Thursday night at Wuerfel Park.

With two outs and nobody on in the ninth inning, five straight Beach Bums reached to bring the winning run the plate. Three of the hits from Traverse City were infield singles that were dropped by the pitcher Al Yevoli at first base on close plays. The first run of the inning scored on a throwing error by first baseman William Beckwith, and was followed by Scott Woodward beating out a slow chopper to bring home another run, making it 5-2.

Washington summoned closer Jonathan Kountis to face Jovan Rosa, who represented the tying run, and Rosa hammered a two-run double to dead center pulling the Bums within one. Kountis came back to strike out Yazy Arbelo, finishing the game.

Traverse City was quieted most of the night by former Beach Bum Scott Dunn, who returned to Wuerfel Park for the first time after being traded to Washington in the offseason. Dunn (2-1) didn’t give up a run while scattering seven hits in 7.2 frames for the Wild Things.

Dunn was matched nearly pitch-for-pitch by Traverse City starter Casey Delgado, who ran into just three bits of trouble in his outing. Washington loaded the bases with one out in the first, but Delgado worked out of it by allowing just a run on a fielder’s choice. In the second, Scott Kalamar slashed a two-run double to left to give Washington a 3-0 lead.

Delgado (3-1) then took over, mowing down the next 11 Wild Things he faced and 19 of the final 22. Stewart Ijames led off the sixth inning by reaching on an error, though, and after a Carter Bell double, Beckwith sliced a two-run single to right, upping the lead to 5-0.

Despite the five runs given up, Delgado managed to hurl a team season-high eight innings, allowing five runs (four earned) with a career-high 11 strikeouts and no walks. Delgado kept his pitch count to just 98 pitches, 74 of which were strikes.

The Bums will now welcome in the Frontier Greys for the first of a three-game set on Friday night at 7:05 p.m. Tanner Tripp (0-1, 3.06) is set to start for Traverse City against Frontier’s Keith Picht (0-1, 2.55). Postgame fireworks will follow the contest at Wuerfel Park. 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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