Traverse City Record-Eagle

Archive: Monday

June 17, 2013

Bums' Birch slams Slammers

TRAVERSE CITY — Chase Burch sent a message to the rest of the Frontier League.

That message: Don't throw at Chase Burch.

Joliet already got it.

The Slammers threw at Burch in the first inning, and the Traverse City slugger responded with home runs in his next two at-bats Sunday to lead the Beach Bums to a 6-4 win over the Slammers to complete a series sweep.

"I think that's what you're supposed to do after they throw at you — hit a couple home runs," Burch said. "It makes you feel a little better after it. At least they admitted they threw at me, so that's good. We'll see what happens from there.

"I called them out and a couple of their guys admitted to it. I was wondering why it took them three games to do it, if they wanted to do it."

Burch had three hits and three walks in the season-opening series against the Slammers and added five more hits and four walks in this series. Last season, he had 14 hits and nine walks in 12 games against Joliet.

"Chase got some pitches up in the zone and he didn't miss them," Traverse City manager Gregg Langbehn said. "They were mistake pitches. And they threw behind him and were trying to hit him in the first inning. That's what you get. I hate to say that, but that's the way it goes. If you're going to throw at somebody, oh well."

Burch walked in his other two at-bats — and stole second standing up in the seventh. Langbehn said he had given Burch a sign to steal, but Burch didn't see it and went on his own.

"Just add a little salt to the wound," Burch said. "It was the first one of the year. I try to get a couple. I found a good opportunity, I thought. Unfortunately, I took a good pitch away from Carlo (Testa), but I was trying to get in scoring position for him."

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