Wild Things Topple Beach Bums 5-2

WASHINGTON, PA - The Traverse City Beach Bums jumped out to an early-two run lead on Thursday night, but saw the Washington Wild Things come back with five unanswered runs to take the series finale 5-2 at Consol Energy Park.

Traverse City took a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning against Washington starter Shawn Blackwell. Kevin Taylor smashed a double to left field, plating Yazy Arbelo to open the scoring, and eventually came around on an RBI single from Jeff DeBlieux to double the lead. The inning was the only time the Beach Bums were able to get to Blackwell (4-0), as he allowed just the two runs on four hits in six innings.

Alex Phillips faced the minimum through four innings for Traverse City before giving up a leadoff homer to Stewart Ijames in the fifth. Maxx Garrett tied the game with a leadoff homer in the sixth inning off of Phillips (0-3), who allowed three runs (two earned) on just three hits in 5.1 innings.

The Beach Bums southpaw gave up a one-out single to Daniel Poma in the sixth and was lifted for Nate O’Bryan. Poma promptly stole second and moved to third when the throw snuck out into center field. O’Bryan walked Garrett Rau and had him picked off first, but Poma raced home during the ensuing rundown to push Washington ahead 3-2.

In the seventh, Washington added another pair of runs on bases loaded walks from Clayton Ruch. Ryan Brasser came on to escape the bases-loaded jam by inducing a 6-4-3 double play.

Traverse City brought the tying run to the plate in the ninth with a pair of singles against Washington closer Jonathan Kountis, but Greg Harisis bounced into a fielder’s choice to finish the game. Kountis picked up his league-leading 13th save in the process.

The Beach Bums will now continue their road trip by opening up a three-game set against the Southern Illinois Miners on Friday at 8:05 p.m. ET. Tanner Tripp (1-3, 4.25) will get the ball for Traverse City against Southern Illinois’ Tyler Lavigne (3-2, 3.60). Fans can listen to the broadcast starting at 7:45 p.m. on Classic Rock the Bear 98.1/107.1 and classicrockthebear.com.