TRAVERSE CITY — Mike Dunn didn’t have his best performance of the year on Tuesday night.
But it might have been his gutsiest.
Battling a nasty sinus infection, Dunn was able to get through six innings with only two runs and six hits allowed as he improved to 7-0 on the season in a 10-2 Beach Bums victory over Schaumburg in the opener of a three-game set at Wuerfel Park.
“I just went out there and did it. I can’t tell you (how),” said Dunn, who walked two and struck out three. “That’s the edge on me, I guess. I’m just a fighter. I’ll fight through anything. It’s spreading (the illness). Everybody on the team’s got it. It feels like my head is 1,000 pounds right now.”
So what would Dunn’s response have been if someone had told him he’d start the year undefeated after eight starts?
“I would’ve laughed,” he said. “Baseball’s funny, anything can happen. I would’ve never guessed I would be 7-0. I’m sure happy I am. I just go out there and throw strikes. Let them hit my pitches. Just like any other pitcher, you get behind and they hit their own pitches. You try to stay ahead.”
Dunn did get plenty of help to get through the night. The Beach Bums (22-12) made a few big plays defensively and got their bats going in the fourth inning and scored 10 unanswered runs over the next five innings. The win was Traverse City’s 11th in the last 12 games.
The biggest defensive play for the Beach Bums came in the top of the sixth inning as Schaumburg (20-15) had the bases loaded and only one out. But Dunn got Brian McConkey to ground out in an inning-ending double play on a come-backer to the mound. Dunn got the lead runner out at the plate and catcher Marcus Nidiffer threw McConkey out at first to keep Traverse City in the lead, 4-2.