TRAVERSE CITY — With a couple of late runs on Monday, Gateway was making things a little uncomfortable for Traverse City.
Fortunately for the Beach Bums, Nick Capito was calm, cool and collected.
Capito did allow one run in the ninth, but he ultimately shut the door on the Grizzlies as the Beach Bums posted a 6-4 win at Wuerfel Park that gave Traverse City two wins in the three-game series.
Traverse City’s closer saw a string of 19 scoreless innings come to an end with the run that trimmed the Beach Bums’ lead to two, but even with a runner on second and only one out, he didn’t panic.
“All I really think about is my next pitch,” said Capito, who earned his team-leading 13th save. “That’s all you can really do. If you think about what hit you just gave up, or if you gave a walk, you’re kind of giving in to the pressure. All you really focus on is the task at hand and the next pitch. That’s all that’s running through my mind.”
The crafty left-hander, who allowed a pair of doubles in the first three batters he faced, got Jose Flores to ground out to third as Beach Bums’ third baseman Jose Vargas made a nice defensive play to nail Flores at first. Capito then got Chris McClendon to strike out to end the game.
“They’re a good hitting team,” said Traverse City manager Gregg Langbehn. “I was just talking to Nick on the way up (to the clubhouse). They were aggressive early in the count on him and he just left a couple pitches up. He’s our guy with the game on the line. He’s been phenomenal if you look at the numbers. Statistically speaking, they’re incredible. We’ve got a bullpen we can trust. When it’s crunch time he’s going to be out there and he makes quality pitches.”