Traverse City Record-Eagle

June 6, 2012

Bums win series opener, 6-4

Gusrang drives in four runs in 6-4 win

from staff reports
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TRAVERSE CITY — Sean Gusrang hit his third homer of the young season, a three-run blast in the third, as the Traverse City Beach Bums opened a homestand with a 6-4 Frontier League win over Rockford on Tuesday.

Gusrang finished with four RBIs on the night.

Brooks Belter pitched 5 1/3 innings to earn the win as Traverse City improved to 10-6. Scott Mueller hurled a perfect ninth for the save.

The Beach Bums had just four hits, but took advantage of 14 walks, two hit batters and a balk. A bases-loaded balk accounted for Traverse City's first run in the second inning that tied the game.

After Gusrang's homer, Jeff Flagg singled in a run in the fourth to make it 5-1.

Rockford scored twice in the sixth to cut the gap to two, but Gusrang's sacrifice fly scored Flagg in the seventh to push the count to 6-3. Flagg had doubled earlier in the frame.

Devin Shepherd, Evan Button and Matt Greener had two hits apiece for the RiverHawks.

The win kept the Beach Bums a game behind Southern Illinois in the East Division.

The series continues tonight with Bennett Whitmore getting the call for the Beach Bums and Ziggie Vanderwall for Rockford.