TRAVERSE CITY — The Traverse City Beach Bums took two frustrating nights out on the Frontier Greys on Friday night.
The Beach Bums salvaged the final game of the three-game series, clubbing 11 hits — seven for extra bases — in a dominating 10-1 Frontier League win at Wuerfel Park.
Traverse City's offense gave more than enough support to starter Scott Dunn, who set a franchise record for career wins with his 27th victory in a Beach Bums uniform, passing David Nathanson. Dunn, who went seven innings to become just the third Traverse City pitcher with more than 300 innings pitched, improved to 12-0 on the season, scattering six hits, walking one and striking out three.
"Super again," Traverse City manager Gregg Langbehn said of his ace. "He always gives you a chance to win. I thought he made some really good adjustments after the first four hitters of the game."
Dunn had a little trouble to begin the night, allowing back-to-back two-out doubles that plated the Greys only run and prompting a quick visit by Langbehn.
"I thought they were really comfortable hitting," Langbehn said. "Obviously, the first two days I didn't think we did a good enough job establishing the inside portion of the plate. (The visit was) just pitching stuff. I think he got the message. Just a reminder. They're not afraid of us. They're getting up there and taking their hacks. I thought from that point forward he did a much better job."
In fact, including a strikeout to end the first inning, Dunn retired eight straight batters.
"Dunn was good," said Traverse City catcher Marcus Nidiffer. "He threw the ball down. First inning he just had to get settled in. He gave them one (run), then he was perfect every other inning. That's what he does. He comes right at guys. He's a bulldog and I love him. You think 'can you get one more (win)?' and he does. Then 'can you get another one?' Yep, and he keeps going and going. It's amazing. I haven't looked at the stats, but he's got to be one of the only undefeated pitchers still pitching in professional baseball. It's pretty impressive."