Ham Slams Shut Down Bobby Brown in 4-1 Win

28 Jun
Steve pitched 5 innings in a win for the Slams, giving up 1 run on 4 hits while striking out 2

Steve pitched 5 innings in a win for the Slams, giving up 1 run on 4 hits while striking out 2

Evan went 3 for 4 with 2 triples and a home run as the Ham Slams never trailed in a 4-1 win over Downtown Bobby Brown.

The Slams started Alec on the mound, but he made only a brief appearance in the game. Mark led off the game with a triple, but the Slams stranded him at first, as Brad and Gaurav were retired consecutively to end the inning.

Mark went 3 for 4 for Bobby Brown, but got little help from his teammates

Mark went 3 for 4 for Bobby Brown, but got little help from his teammates

Bobby Brown started their ace, Gaurav, and he got off to a good start, sending down Anthony and Evan in order to maintain a scoreless tie.

The Ham Slams removed Alec from the game in the top of the second, opting for Steve on the mound. He got Holly to groundout to left for the first out before fanning Mark to end the second.

Gaurav continued to cruise in the bottom of the second, as Steve and Alec grounded out to Brad in left consecutively.

Gaurav pitched well for Bobby Brown but got little run support

Gaurav pitched well for Bobby Brown but got little run support

The scoreless game would continue in the top of the third, as Steve retired Brad and Gaurav in order to maintain the 0-0 score.

The Slams broke the scoreless tie in the bottom of the third as they finally got to Gaurav. Anthony led off the inning with a double, and scored when Evan followed with a triple, making the score 1-0. Gaurav got the first out of the inning when Steve grounded out to left, but Evan scored from third on the play, putting the Slams up two runs. With one out and no runers on, Alec grounded out to left, ending the inning.

Steve picked up his second strikeout of the game in the top of the fourth when Holly went down on strikes to lead off the inning. Mark followed with a one-out single, but was held at first when Brad grounded out for the second out of the inning.

Anthony makes a running catch as his Ham Slam teammates look on

Anthony makes a running catch as his Ham Slam teammates look on

Anthony and Evan sparked a few more runs for the Slams in the bottom of the fourth. Anthony led off with a solo homer, making the score 3-0, and Evan followed with a solo shot of his own, making back-to-back jacks and putting the Slams ahead 4-0. Gaurav settled down following the homers, getting Steve and Alec to fly out in order to end the fourth.

Evan went 3 for 4 with 2 triples and a homer, driving in 2 of the Slams 4 runs

Evan went 3 for 4 with 2 triples and a homer, driving in 2 of the Slams 4 runs

Bobby Brown would cut into the deficit in the top of the fifth, but only minimally. Holly singled to lead off the inning, and scored when Mark doubled. But Mark tried to extend the double into a triple, and was caught in between bases for the first out of the inning. The rally ended there, as Steve got Brad to ground out to left to end the inning with the score 4-1.

The Slams couldn’t add to their lead in the bottom of the fifth. After Anthony grounded out to the mound for the first out of the inning, Evan tripled with one out. But Gaurav stranded him at third, getting Steve to fly out to Holly in right for the second out.

Up three runs, the Slams kept Steve on the mound to close things out. Brad led off the inning by grounding out to left, and after Gaurav singled with one out, Holly flew out to the mound for the second out, ending the game.

The win moved the Ham Slams to 6-7 on the season, while the loss dropped Bobby Brown to 4-9.

W: Steve (1-1)
L: Gaurav (3-4)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Evan led the Ham Slams going 3 for 4 with 2 triples, a homer, 2 RBI, and 2 runs scored. Anthony also played well, going 2 for 4 with a double, a homer, an RBI, and 2 runs scored.
– Mark led Bobby Brown on offense, going 3 for 4 with a single, a double, a triple, and an RBI.
– Steve pitched 5 innings for the win, giving up 4 hits while striking out two.
– Gaurav pitched well in the complete game loss, giving up 4 runs on only 5 hits.

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