TRAVERSE CITY —
The Gateway Grizzlies saw the best of Brooks Belter on Tuesday.
The Traverse City right-hander pitched seven shutout innings as the Beach Bums locked up the Frontier League's No. 1 seed in the playoffs with a 4-1 Frontier League win at Wuerfel Park.
Belter, relying on his fastball, scattered five hits and struck out a career-high eight batters to reach double-digit wins. He's now 10-2 — 7-1 at home.
"Innings one through seven, that's probably the best he's pitched all year," Traverse City manager Gregg Langbehn said. "He did a great job of pounding the zone. The ball was coming out of his hand good. He wasn't cutting anything off. He's had a tendency of doing that. Tonight he limited his walks. When he doesn't walk people he's tough to hit."
Belter issued just two free passes in a game featuring the two teams with the best records in the league.
"My last two outings were decent so I was just trying to build off that," Belter said.
Gateway made it interesting in the ninth, scoring once and leaving the bases loaded. Matt Miller, the third reliever of the inning, struck out Rogelio Norris to end the game.
"Miller did what he's done all year," first baseman Chase Burch said. "He came in and shut it down."
Burch provided the Beach Bums with a 1-0 lead in the fourth, depositing a Paul Tremlin pitch over the left field fence. It was his 16th home run of the season and his fifth in just over a week. He now has 30 RBIs in 16 career games against Gateway.
"It was a 2-0 fastball, a little up, a little in," he said. "It was what I was looking for. I got the barrel there and got it out of here."
"Chase scored that ball up well," Langbehn added. "It seemed like the wind died down at that point, too, nothing cutting it down. He got in a good hitter's count and didn't miss it."
Traverse City added three runs in the fifth, capitalizing on Tremlin's wildness. Tremlin walked three batters and surrendered two hits in the frame. Brian Heere worked him for an RBI bases-loaded walk and then Jose Vargas followed with a liner up the middle to drive in a pair. Vargas now has 98 RBIs on the season as he moves closer to the 100 mark.
"I'm trying not to think about that," he said. "All I'm thinking about is for us to keep going strong, finish the season on a hot streak and take that into the playoffs."
His hit, though, did not go unnoticed by Langbehn.
"He continues to produce with runners on base," he said.
Belter protected that lead before turning it over to the bullpen.
"He threw 105, 106 pitches," Langbehn said. "That's good enough. He's scheduled to go Sunday so there's no reason to push him."
The Beach Bums own the best record in the league at 61-30 with five regular-season games remaining. They will now have the home-field edge throughout the playoffs, which open next week.
But Langbehn is not looking ahead with five home dates left to finish the regular season.
"We're not going to let up," he said. "We're playing to win. We don't want to lose our edge."
The series continues tonight with Kurt Wunderlich (2-0, 4.97) starting for Traverse City and Alex Kaminsky (10-4, 3.43) for Gateway.
TRAVERSE CITY —
The Gateway Grizzlies saw the best of Brooks Belter on Tuesday.
Beach Bums promote bench coach to manager
That didn't take long. Just three days after Traverse City Beach Bums manager Gregg Langbehn accepted a job with the Cleveland Indians, the franchise hired a new skipper in Dan Rohn.Continued ...
Sports in Brief: 01/30/2014
Arizona purchases Bums’ Omahen; Bums sign Benedict, King; VASA to offer junior races.Continued ...
Top 10: Bums reach playoffs, say goodbye to key players
A good regular season. A post-season that came up short. An off-season that’s seen some key players depart.Continued ...
Bums ace hurler headed closer to home
A desire to play close to home led to a trade announced Tuesday that sent Traverse City ace pitcher Scott Dunn to the Washington Wild Things for All-Star infielder Jovan Rosa and a first round draft pick.Continued ...
Beach Bums trade Burch to RedHawks
TRAVERSE CITY -- A longtime fixture in the heart of the Traverse City Beach Bums lineup is gone. The Beach Bums traded first baseman Chase Burch to the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks of the American Association for a player to be named later and other consiContinued ...
- Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Bums' Langbehn: Season was a success
If it were up to Traverse City Beach Bums manager Gregg Langbehn, his team would still be fighting for a Frontier League championship. But even after a Divisional Series loss to Lake Erie, Langbehn was happy with the way his team performed this year.Continued ...
- Saturday, September 14, 2013
Beach Bums season ends with rain-delayed loss
A crushing Game 5 loss in Friday’s early hours ended the Traverse City Beach Bums’ season.Continued ...
- Thursday, September 12, 2013
Game 5 of Bums' series delayed by rain
The fifth and deciding game of the Frontier League Divisional Series between Traverse City and Lake Erie was delayed by rain on Thursday with the Beach Bums leading 4-2 in the seventh inning.Continued ...
Crushers force Game 5, stun Beach Bums late
The Traverse City Beach Bums were seven outs away from their second-ever trip to the Frontier League Championship Series on Wednesday.Continued ...
- Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Video: Lake Erie 13, Beach Bums 3
Traverse City Beach Bums' first baseman Chase Burch shares his thoughts on tonight's 13-3 loss to Lake Erie. The Frontier League Divisional Series is now tied at 2-2.Continued ...
Bums take 2-1 series lead
Forget about home plate or third base, even second base seemed like a mirage to the Lake Erie Crushers on Tuesday night.Continued ...
- Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Video: TC Beach Bums vs. Lake Erie
Watch interviews with Traverse City's starting pitcher Mike Devine and Manager Gregg Langbehn after the Bums' 5-0 win over Lake Erie, which gave Traverse City a 2-1 lead in its playoff series with the Crushers.Continued ...
- Monday, September 9, 2013
Lake Erie ties series with Bums
Traverse City’s Frontier League playoff series will be coming back to town all knotted up at a game apiece.Continued ...
- Sunday, September 8, 2013
Bums take Game 1 from Crushers
Scott Dunn and Matt Miller combined to shut out the Lake Erie Crushers as the Traverse City Beach Bums won 8-0 to win Game 1 of their Frontier League playoff series.Continued ...
- Saturday, September 7, 2013
Beach Bums open playoff series tonight
The second season begins tonight for the Traverse City Beach Bums.Continued ...
- Friday, September 6, 2013
Bums beat Lake Erie to snap streak
Traverse City snapped an 11-game road losing streak on Thursday, ending the regular season with a 2-0 win over Lake Erie.Continued ...
- Thursday, September 5, 2013
Crushers clinch East championship
Lake Erie clinched the East Division championship with a 5-1 win Wednesday over the Traverse City Beach Bums.Continued ...
- Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Bums lose, clinch playoff spot
AVON, Ohio — Lake Erie's Anderson Hidalgo singled in Craig Hertler with one out in the 12th inning as the Crushers handed Traverse City a 3-2 loss Tuesday in the opening game of a series to decide the Frontier League's East Division. Even with that lContinued ...
- Monday, September 2, 2013
Gusrang wins game for Bums
Sean Gusrang’s two-out, game-wining RBI single in the 10th inning Sunday night set the stage for what promises to be an intriguing end to the Frontier League’s regular season.Continued ...
- Sunday, September 1, 2013
Bums no-hit by Joliet, lose 4-1
Six Joliet pitchers combined on a no-hitter Saturday night as the Slammers beat the Traverse City Beach Bums 4-1 in 10 innings.Continued ...
- Saturday, August 31, 2013
Beach Bums beat Joliet Slammers
Scott Woodward homered and drove in two runs to help the Traverse City Beach Bums stay atop the Frontier League’s East Division.Continued ...
- Friday, August 30, 2013
Burch hits walk-off grand slam in 11th
In the 11th inning, the Washington Wild Things walked Jose Vargas to load the bases and get to Chase Burch.Continued ...
- Monday, August 26, 2013
Beach Bums finish sweep of Normal
Remarkably, it only took a few days for Traverse City to make its recent six-game skid seem like a distant memory.Continued ...
- Sunday, August 25, 2013
Beach Bums beat Normal
The rollercoaster ride of the Traverse City Beach Bums continued Saturday as the Bums topped Noral 5-2 at Wuerfel Park for their second straight win.Continued ...
- Friday, August 23, 2013
Beach Bums drop sixth straight game
Traverse City dropped its sixth straight game on Thursday as River City completed a three-game sweep of the Beach Bums, 8-5.Continued ...
- Beach Bums promote bench coach to manager