TRAVERSE CITY — After a decent start to Friday’s game against Windy City, the Traverse City Beach Bums appeared to suffer the effects of the All-Star break layoff.
The Beach Bums resumed play after four days off and were handed a 4-3 loss to Windy City at Wuerfel Park.
Traverse City was plagued by a couple errors in the middle innings, and when combined with walks and hit batters, couldn’t overcome those miscues in losing the first of three straight games against the ThunderBolts.
His team’s play in the fifth and sixth innings — when Windy City scored each of the runs it needed — didn’t exactly sit well with Beach Bums manager Gregg Langbehn.
“I thought we were fine until the fifth, sixth and seventh innings,” said Langbehn. “I thought we played as poorly as I can ever remember here. Mentally and physically weren’t there. We didn’t pitch well enough, that’s the bottom line. This much I know, in five years that I’ve been at this ballpark, when the wind blows in, if you walk people, if you hit people and if you make errors defensively, you’re going to lose. It’s that simple, and we did all those.”
Trailing 2-0 heading into the fifth, Windy City manufactured three runs on two hits, with the help of an error and a walk, to take a lead it would never relinquish. Similarly in the sixth, the ThunderBolts capitalized on a leadoff walk that ultimately was the deciding run of the game, with another costly error allowing the run come in.
“It was a disappointing effort in the middle of the game,” Langbehn said. “I thought we played very poorly. Provided the pitching with a 2-0 lead, but just didn’t maintain. The whole tempo and rhythm was gone. We lost it as quick as we had it. That’s what we get. You play that bad, you’re going to lose.”