Beach Bums drop doubleheader to Evansville

TRAVERSE CITY — Casey Delgado and Ian MacDougall allowed just a combined one earned run in their starts of Wednesday’s doubleheader, but the Evansville Otters found a way to sweep the twin-bill from the Traverse City Beach Bums, 3-2 and 1-0 at Wuerfel Park. 

Delgado was cruising in the first game, allowing just two hits through six innings. The only run he had given up was thanks to a hit by pitch, sac bunt, groundout, and error in the fourth. He took to the mound with a 2-1 lead in the seventh and got a fly ball to lead off the frame, but Taylor Wrenn couldn’t complete the grab in left, putting the leadoff man on second. 

D.J. Johnson (0-2) came out of the bullpen and gave up a game-tying double to Chris Sweeney off the right field wall. Sweeney moved to third on a groundout and scored two batters later on an RBI infield single from Cory Urquhart to give the Otters a 3-2 lead. Orlando Santos struck out the side in the first game for his seventh save. 

Traverse City had just one hit in the opener despite holding a 2-1 lead going to the last inning. Chad James walked three straight batters in the fourth inning and Chris Cowell tied the game at one on a sacrifice fly. Jeff DeBlieux followed with an RBI infield single to give the Bums a 2-1 lead. James (2-2) picked up the win with a quality start, giving up two runs on a hit with nine strikeouts in six innings.

MacDougall started the nightcap and made just one mistake in his outing, a run-scoring double off the bat of Chris Elder with two outs in the third inning scoring Kolin Conner to make it 1-0 Otters. Aside from that, MacDougall (1-1) was solid in his first professional start, allowing a run on three hits with three punchouts in 4.1 innings. 

However, the Bums offense could not solve Evansville starter Robert Ramer (6-0). The righthander scattered three hits over six innings, striking out four. Traverse City put the tying run at third base with two outs in the seventh against Santos, but newcomer Denver Chavez bounced out to short to end the game. Santos picked up his eighth save of the year with the scoreless seventh. 

Traverse City will look to salvage the final game of the three-game set on Thursday at 7:05 p.m. Rusty Shellhorn (1-0, 3.25) will look to be the stopper for the Beach Bums against the Otters’ Preston Olson (2-1, 3.18). It is Purple Community 100% Hope night presented by the Van Andel Institute at Wuerfel Park. The Bums will wear special purple jerseys that will be auctioned off after the game. Plus, fans can enjoy drink specials as part of Thirsty Thursday. Fans can listen to the broadcast starting at 6:45 p.m. on Classic Rock the Bear 98.1/107.1 and

–Via Beach Bums Media Relations