JOLIET, IL- The Traverse City Beach Bums(36-46) used a huge start to blow out the Joliet Slammers(47-35) in the opener of this weekend’s three game set by a final score of 10-1.
Alexis Rivera and Noah McGowan started it off with walks in the second, then, two batters later, Ryan Kemp singled to load the bases. Josh Hauser drew a walk for the Beach Bums’ first run of the game. Orlando Rivera followed and slapped a two-run double down the left field line for a 3-0 lead. After Hauser scored on a wild pitch, Isaac Benard scored on an error then both Alexis Rivera and Connor Oliver hit RBI doubles for an 8-0 lead.
The Slammers got a run back in the bottom of the inning when Trenton Hill scored on a wild pitch. In the fifth, with two out, Hauser was hit by a pitch then stole second, and then scored on a single by Orlando Rivera. Ryan Kemp led off the seventh with a single then Hauser was beaned for the second time in the game. Two batters later, Benard plated Rivera with a sacrifice fly.
Matt Murphy picked up the win for the Beach Bums with a solid six inning effort. He allowed a run on four hits and three walks while striking out seven, improving his record to 3-4. Corey Kimber is dealt the loss to fall to 6-6 on the season. He went an inning and two-thirds, giving up eight runs, four earned, on three hits and six walks. Augie Gallardo pitched the last three innings of the game for his first save of the season.
On Saturday, the Beach Bums and Joliet Slammers play the middle game of this weekend’s three game set. Scot Hoffman starts for Joliet while Tyler Thornton goes for the Beach Bums. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm and Tom Willms will have the call, starting with the Budweiser pregame show, at 6:45. You can listen along from anywhere in the world at TCBeachBums.com.
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! The Bums will take on the Joliet Slammers in the final double header of the season, so come on out for your last chance of the season to have double the fun that you won’t want to miss! Gates open at 4:00pm — First pitch set for 5:05pm. Arrive early to sign up for between inning contests! For information and tickets, go to TCBeachBums.com or call the office at (231) 943-0100.