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May 20, 2013

Dunn shines, Bums win 1st game

TRAVERSE CITY — Scott Dunn got it done Sunday.

The veteran Traverse City righthander pitched seven shutout innings as the Beach Bums broke into the win column with a 6-2 victory over the Joliet Slammers.

It was the finale of a three-game series that opened the Frontier League season.

"Dunn was the story of the game," Beach Bums manager Gregg Langbehn said. "He pitched seven very efficient shutout innings. He had all his pitches working. He did a great job controlling the tempo of the game. He pounded the strike zone and we provided him with a little support."

Dunn allowed four hits. He struck out five and did not issue any walks.

Jose Vargas led the Beach Bums attack with three hits and three RBIs. Steve Woodward, who hits second just ahead of Vargas, reached base three times, stole two bases and scored three runs.

"He (Vargas) got some pitches up in the zone and he didn't miss 'em," Langbehn said. "He had some good opportunities with runners on base. With (Ryan) Still and Woodward at the top of the order, that's going to be a real positive for Jose, Chase (Burch) and Goose (Sean Gusrang)."

As in the first two games, the Beach Bums (1-2) took an early 1-0 lead when Woodward walked, stole second and came home on a Vargas single in the top of the third. In the bottom half of the frame, Dunn pitched out of trouble after the Slammers put runners on second and third with one out.

"There were some stress innings," Langbehn said. "He (Dunn) worked through it. That third inning was big because we were up 1-0."

The Beach Bums stretched the lead to 2-0 in the fifth when Woodward walked, stole second, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a Gusrang single.

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