Eastbound & Dahn Give Cookies & Cream First Loss of Season in Extra Innings

27 May
Ivan was strong in his 2013 debut, leading Eastbound & Dahn to the extra-innings victory

Ivan was strong in his 2013 debut, leading Eastbound & Dahn to the extra-innings victory

Ivan hit the game-winning home run and outlasted Cookies & Cream’s Dinger in a pitcher’s duel as Eastbound & Dahn won 3-2 in 7 innings.

Dinger, coming off a good start in week 1, picked up where he left off on the mound, pitching a scoreless first. Eastbound sent Ivan to the mound in his 2013 debut, and he also pitched a scoreless first, as the game was tied through an inning.

Dinger continued to roll in the second, and he got some run support in the bottom half of the inning. Joey led off the inning with a solo homer off Ivan, putting Cookies & Cream up 1-0. Ivan retired the next two batters, avoiding further damage.

Joey's solo homer in the second gave Cookies & Cream the early lead

Ivan delivers a pitch to Cookies & Cream’s Morrison

With one out in the top of the third, Tim crushed a solo bomb off Dinger, tying the game at 1-1. Ivan retired the side in the bottom of the third, maintaining the tie.

Eastbound celebrates at the plate after Tim's solo homer tied the game at 1-1

Eastbound celebrates at the plate after Tim’s solo homer tied the game at 1-1

Trevar led off the top of the fourth with a double, and made a great play on the base paths when he tagged up and took third base on a Mark flyout. With an out and a runner on third, Helal singled, scoring Trevar to give Eastbound & Dahn a 2-1 lead. Dinger retired the next batter, Tim, to end the inning.

Trevar doubled and scored in the fourth to put Eastbound up 2-1

Trevar doubled and scored in the fourth to put Eastbound up 2-1

Vassallo led off the bottom of the fourth with a double and moved to third on a Dinger single. Morrison followed with a single, scoring Vassallo to tie the game at 2-2. Guthrie then singled, loading the bases with no outs. It looked as if Cookies & Cream would open up a lead, but Ivan buckled down on the mound. He retired Joey and Vassallo consecutively, stranding all three runners and preserving the 2-2 tie.

Both pitchers settled into a groove in the fifth, as neither team registered a hit in the top of bottom of the inning.

Dinger pitched a scoreless top of the sixth, and Cookies & Cream had a chance to win the game with a run in the bottom of the inning. Ivan retired Guthrie for the first out, then fanned Joey for the second out, sending the game to extra innings.

Trevar's new wiffle shoes helped him make a clutch base running play in the fourth

Trevar’s new wiffle shoes helped him make a clutch base running play in the fourth

With one out in the top of the seventh, Ivan crushed a solo homer to right center, putting Eastbound & Dahn up 3-2. Trevar followed with a single, but Dinger retired Mark to end the inning.

Ivan remained on the mound, and continued to fool C&C hitters. He retired Vassallo and Dinger in order, and ended the game retiring the final 8 hitters he faced. He picked up the complete game win, snapping Eastbound’s two game losing streak.

The win moved Eastbound & Dahn to 2-2 on the season. Cookies & Cream dropped to 3-1 with the loss.

W: Ivan (1-0)
L: Dinger (1-1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Ivan gave up 2 runs on 6 hits while striking out one for the complete game win. He also hit the game-winning home run in the top of the seventh.
– Trevar led Eastbound & Dahn at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a single, a double, and a run scored.
– Morrison was the only Cookies & Cream player to register more than one hit, going 2-for-4 with 2 singles and a RBI.
– Dinger gave up only 3 runs on 5 hits, but took the complete game loss.

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