TRAVERSE CITY — For Scott Dunn, the fireworks came during the game.
The Traverse City starting pitcher hit two career milestones Friday, notching his 200th strikeout and 20th victory in a Beach Bums uniform in a 12-2 win over Joliet to start a short weekend home stand.
“I just do my thing out there,” Dunn said. “They’ll come eventually. I’m excited about it.”
Dunn (5-0) recorded his 200th career Traverse City strikeout when he caught Joliet first baseman Grant DeBruin looking on an inside fastball to end the first inning.
Ryan Gehring and David Nathanson are the only other pitchers in TC history to notch 200 whiffs. Dunn finished the game with four to move past Gehring and trail only Nathanson on TC’s career list with 203.
Traverse City manager Gregg Langbehn said Dunn has evolved his game in his four Frontier League seasons.
“He was all-out, max effort, he it comes,” Langbehn said of the former reliever who used to throw as high as 94 mph earlier in his TC career. “He understands and realizes that he doesn’t have that velocity anymore. And that’s OK. We’ve talked at length the last two years that you don’t have to throw 90-94 to get people out. It’s about locating and pitching and working ahead in counts. He’s really made great adjustments as a pitcher, not a thrower.”
It was also the 20th career win for Dunn as a Beach Bum, joining Gehring and David Nathanson as the only pitchers to accomplish the feat.
“My team had my back defensively,” Dunn said. “They were making plays. I just kept throwing strikes and let them beat them into the ground. And then our bats came on fire all the sudden. There’s not much more a pitcher can ask for.”