Traverse City Record-Eagle

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May 25, 2013

Beach Bums beat Rockford Aviators, 4-3

TRAVERSE CITY — It doesn't matter that the Beach Bums' bats didn't exactly break out of their little early-season slump.

More important was doing whatever it took to get a win that snapped a two-game losing streak.

Traverse City (3-4) scored all four of its runs in the seventh inning to pull out a come-from-behind 4-3 win over Rockford on Friday in the opening game of a series at Wuerfel Park.

The Bums, who were limited to seven hits, had five of those in the decisive seventh inning — three on infield hits — to erase a 3-0 deficit. Scott Dunn pitched strong for most of his seven innings, while the Traverse City bullpen held Rockford off the basepaths in the last two innings.

"It was a little bit of a slow start," said Traverse City right fielder Sean Gusrang. "It's good to know as a team we can do that, come back from three runs down. We had a bunch of infield singles, but whatever it takes."

The Bums hadn't had a runner advance beyond first base heading into the seventh, but after Rockford turned to its bullpen in the seventh Traverse City was able to make something happen on offense. Chase Burch led off with a double, with Gusrang and Zach Kometani following with singles, the latter driving in TC's first run of the game off Rockford reliever Kelley Wagner. Marcus Nidiffer added an RBI single two batters later after the Aviators turned to closer Garrett Granitz. Matt Howard tied the game when he singled in Kometani and Andrew Kohn brought home the game-winning run on a sacrifice to center that scored Nidiffer.

"Offensively we clearly weren't competing well for the first six innings," said TC manager Gregg Langbehn. "It got better. We started to fight a little more in that seventh inning, strung some things together. Certainly didn't knock the ball around the ball park, but they were well placed."

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