By JAMES COOK email@example.com
Traverse City Record-Eagle
---- — TRAVERSE CITY — Traverse City let one go Thursday.
But the Beach Bums hope to get some back today.
After dropping a 5-0 decision to the Frontier Greys, the Beach Bums will get center fielder Scott Woodward and shortstop Andrew Cohn back into the lineup.
Both have been on the injured list for over a month.
Both suited up Thursday, but did not see game action. To make room for the pair to be activated from the disabled list, the Beach Bums released outfielder D’Marcus Ingram and reliever Jason Mattila. Woodward was hitting .360 and Cohn .308 before their injuries.
“I think this is really the deepest team we’ve ever had,” TC manager Gregg Langbehn said. “We’ve got some interchangeable parts.”
The Beach Bums (29-19) played well defensively for large parts of Thursday’s game, but two costly errors led to four of the Greys’ five runs.
Frontier’s Matt Costello came into the game with a 1-4 record and 4.68 earned-run average, but stifled TC’s offense that had scored 12 runs in winning the first two games of the series.
“He threw well, kept them off balance,” Greys manager Brent Matheny said. “He’s not going to blow up the radar gun. But he kept them off balance, threw enough fastballs to make them respect that and then threw the good change-up to have them roll over that. Even more importantly, he throw strikes.”
The Greys took a 3-0 lead in the second when Taylor Wrenn’s throw to Still at second for what appeared to be a tailor-made double play was high and ended up as a three-base error that ended up allowing two runs to score. Another came in later in the frame on a groundout.
“We had a lead-off walk in that inning, and we had an 0-2 count on him,” Langbehn said. “We just didn’t execute, that’s the bottom line. We had several unearned runs throughout the night. We didn’t play good. We didn’t have an answer for their pitcher.”
The last-place Greys (18-29) tacked on another run in the sixth when Justin Vasquez led off with a single and came in on Blake Bergeron’s RBI single for the game’s only earned run. J.J. Muse reached on a Mike Testa error in the eighth and would later come across on a Balbino Fuenmayor fielder’s choice for the game’s final score.
“The tables finally turned for once,” Matheny said, “and instead of us giving up that one critical error and giving up two or three runs, we finally got one in our favor.”
Costello tossed eight solid innings, giving up five hits and one walk while striking out four.
“Overall, I though we swing the bats pretty well, just hitting the ball and hitting it off the barrel,” Matheny said. “But that miscue in the second gave us three runs.”
Traverse City had more hits than the Frontier squad — six to five — but had only one inning with more than one. The Bums had multiple base-runners in just two frames.
Jacob Clem (4-4) exited after six innings and was the tough-luck loser. He gave up only four hits and two walks in six frames, allowing one earned run.
“Every team’s goal is to win two of three at home, and win one out of three on the road,” Matheny said. “Obviously, we’re a road team, so we want to be better than that, but to come into the first-place team and win one out of three — and before that we won two out of three at then the first-place team, Florence — that’s a pretty nice road trip for us.”
Florence split a doubleheader with Evansville to remain one game behind Traverse City in the East standings.
The Greys kept Wrenn busy, as he fielded 12 ground balls and was part of two double plays.
The Beach Bums finish up the first half with a three-game set at Schaumburg (28-20), which is 2.5 games out of first in the West Division. Scott Dunn (9-1) takes the mound today.