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Cookies & Cream Rally Late to Sneak Past Eastbound & Dahn 4-3

18 Jun
Blose was a single shy of the cycle, and led Cookies & Cream on offense in a 4-3 win

Blose was a single shy of the cycle, and led Cookies & Cream on offense in a 4-3 win

After going neck-and-neck with Eastbound & Dahn through five innings, Cookies & Cream scored in the sixth and held their lead to win 4-3.

Down to a three-man roster, Eastbound & Dahn sent Mark to the mound for the start. The first batter he faced, Morrison, singled. Mark retired Joey for the first out of the inning, but the next batter, Blose, crushed a two-run bomb to right-center, putting Cookies & Cream up 2-0 early. Dinger followed with a one-out single, but Mark escaped further damage, retiring Morrison to end the inning.

With their staff ace Guthrie out for the second consecutive week, Cookies & Cream sent Dinger to the mound. He got into trouble immediately, giving up singles to Eastbound’s first two batters, Mark and Hartley. Dinger got Trevar to ground out for the first out of the inning, but Mark scored from second on the play, cutting the score to 2-1. With one out and a runner on second, Mark hit an RBI single, scoring Hartley and tying the game at 2-2. Hartley followed with a single, but was retired trying to extend the single into a double, ending the inning.

Mark's RBI singled tied the game at 2-2

Mark’s RBI singled tied the game at 2-2

Mark settled down in the top of the first, retiring Joey for the first out of the inning. Blose hit a one-out triple, but Mark stranded the runner at third, getting Dinger to groundout to left for the second out of the inning. Dinger cruised through the bottom of the second, retiring Eastbound & Dahn in order.

Mark matched Dinger in the top of the third, sending Morrison and Joey down consecutively. Dinger continued to roll in the bottom of the third, pitching a perfect frame to maintain the 2-2 tie.

Blose led off the top of the fourth with a double, and after three at-bats was only a single away from the cycle. Mark retired the next batter, Dinger, but Morrison knocked a one-out single, scoring Blose to put Cookies & Cream ahead 3-2. Mark then retired Joey for the second out of the inning.

The lead wouldn’t last long. Dinger retired Mark for the first out of the bottom of the fourth, but Hartley crushed a solo blast to left field, tying the game at 3-3. Trevar flew out to right to end the inning.

Mark finally retired Blose for the first out in the top of the fifth. Dinger followed with a one out single, and the next batter, Morrison, singled as well. But as Dinger moved from first to third, Morrison tried to stretch the single into a double, and was caught in between bases for the second out of the inning. Dinger held Eastbound & Dahn scoreless in the bottom of the fifth, retiring the side in order.

Dinger was strong on the mound, scattering only 6 hits in the complete game performance

Dinger was strong on the mound, scattering only 6 hits in the complete game performance

Joey, hitless to this point, led off the top of the sixth with a triple, putting the go-ahead run on third. Mark got Blose, the next batter, to groundout to left, but Joey raced home on the play, giving Cookies & Cream a one-run lead. Dinger flew out for the second out of the inning, and Eastbound headed into the bottom of the sixth trailing.

Joey's sixth inning triple off Mark led to the game-winning run

Joey’s sixth inning triple off Mark led to the game-winning run

Dinger retired Trevar for the first out of the inning, but Mark followed with a one-out double, putting the tying runner in scoring position. But Dinger buckled down, retiring Hartley, who was 3-for-5 at that point, for the second out, ending the game and giving Cookies & Cream the 4-3 win.

The win moved Cookies & Cream to 7-2 on the season, while the loss dropped Eastbound & Dahn to 3-6 for the year.

W: Dinger (3-1)
L: Mark (1-2)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Dinger pitched the complete game win for Cookies & Cream, giving up 3 runs while scattering 6 hits in 6 innings.
– Mark took the loss for Eastbound & Dahn, giving up 4 earned runs on 8 hits in 6 innings.
– Blose led Cookies & Cream at the plate, going 3-for-5 with a double, a triple, a home run, 2 runs scored, and 3RBI.
– Hartley set the pace for Eastbound, going 3-for-6 with 2 singles, a home run, 2 runs scored, and an RBI.

Eastbound & Dahn Ride Mark’s Arm and Bat to 8-2 Win Over Questionable Outfit

10 Jun
Mark, lining one up against Bob of Questionable Outfit, led Eastbound & Dahn at the plate and on the mound,

Mark, lining one up against Bob of Questionable Outfit, led Eastbound & Dahn at the plate and on the mound,

Mark held the explosive Questionable Outfit offense in check on the mound and provided enough run support for himself at the plate to lead Eastbound & Dahn to an 8-2 win.

Questionable Outfit started Bob against Eastbound & Dahn, and he got into trouble early. The game’s first hitter, Mark, doubled and moved to third when Hartley grounded out to left for the first out in the inning. The next batter, Ivan, singled, scoring Mark to give Eastbound a 1-0 lead. With one-out and a runner on first, Mark hit his second double of the inning, scoring Ivan from first to make the score 2-0. Hartley came to the plate and crushed a two-run blast to left, and Eastbound & Dahn were up four runs having only registered a single out. Bob finally got out of the inning, as Ivan grounded out to left for the second out, but Eastbound had taken a sizable lead early.

Hartley had 3 RBI for Eastbound & Dahn, including a two-run bomb in the first inning

Hartley had 3 RBI for Eastbound & Dahn, including a two-run bomb in the first inning

Mark, starting on the mound for Eastbound, cruised through the bottom of the first, retiring Tom and Reilly in order.

Mark scattered 8 hits while allowing only 2 runs

Mark scattered 8 hits while allowing only 2 runs

Bob seemed to have found his bearings in the top of the second, as he pitched a perfect inning. He got some run support in the bottom half of the inning, when Mike led off with a solo home run, cutting the deficit to 4-1. Bob followed with a single, but was stranded at first as Mark retired the next two batters.

Mike put Questionable Outfit on the board with a solo shot in the bottom of the second

Mike put Questionable Outfit on the board with a solo shot in the bottom of the second

Things got sticky for Bob again in the top of the third. Ivan led off the inning with a solo bomb, extending the Eastbound & Dahn lead to 5-1. The next batter, Mark, crushed a solo blast to right-center, and Eastbound & Dahn were up six runs. Hartley followed with a double, but was caught in between bases trying to extend the hit into a triple. Bob then retired Ivan to end the inning.

Mike singled to lead off the bottom of the third, but he wouldn’t advance past first, as Mark retired Bob and Tom consecutively.

Mark continued to crush in the top of the fourth, leading off the inning with a double. The next batter, Hartley, grounded out to deep left, but Mark raced from second to home to score, extending the Eastbound & Dahn lead to 7-1. Bob then retired Ivan for the second out of the inning.

It looked as if Questionable Outfit would rally in the bottom of the fourth. Reilly led off the inning with a single, and Mike followed with a double, but Reilly was caught in between second and third for the first out of the inning. Mark then retired Bob for the second out, stranding the runner at second.

Bob pitched a perfect frame in the top of the fifth, and his offense finally cut into the lead in the bottom half of the inning. Reilly, the first batter of the inning, doubled. Mike followed with a single, and Reilly scored from second to cut the score to 7-2. But Mark limited the damage, retiring Bob and Tom to strand the runner, maintaining a 5-run lead through five innings.

Eastbound & Dahn would add one more to their lead in the top of the sixth. Ivan led off the inning with a solo homer, his second of the game, making the score 8-2. Hartley would single after Mark grounded out for the first out of the inning, but Bob escaped further trouble, retiring Ivan to end the inning.

Tom grounded out for the first out in the bottom of the sixth, and Reilly followed with a one-out double. But Questionable Outfit couldn’t string together hits, as Mark retired Mike for the second out of the inning, giving Eastbound & Dahn an 8-2 win.

The win snapped Eastbound & Dahn’s three-game losing streak, and improved their record to 3-5 on the season. The loss broke Questionable Outfit’s three-game winning streak, dropping them to .500 at 4-4 for the year.

W: Mark (1-1)
L: (1-1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Mark pitched the complete game for Eastbound & Dahn, giving up 2 earned runs on 8 hits for the win
– Bob took the loss for Questionable Outfit, allowing 8 earned runs on 10 hits
– Mark also led Eastbound at the plate, going 4-for-7 with 3 doubles, a home run, 4 runs scored, and 2RBI
– Ivan and Hartley each had 3 hits for Eastbound
– Mike led Questionable Outfit at the plate, going 4-for-5 with 2 singles, a double, a home run, a run scored, and 2RBI

Cookies & Cream Squeeze Past Ham Slams 1-0 in Pitcher’s Duel

9 Jun
Blose's third inning homer was the only run scored in the game as Cookies & Cream topped the Ham Slams 1-0

Blose’s third inning homer was the only run scored in the game as Cookies & Cream topped the Ham Slams 1-0

Cookies & Cream and the Ham Slams combined for 5 hits and only 1 run as Joey and Charlie battled in the season’s best pitcher’s duel, but the only run belonged to Cookies & Cream in a 1-0 win.

The Ham Slams sent their ace, Charlie, to the mound against Cookies & Cream, and he got off to a strong start. Joey doubled with one out, but Charlie stranded him at first for a scoreless top of the first.

Charlie continued to pitch effectively, allowing only 3 hits in 6 innings

Charlie continued to pitch effectively, allowing only 3 hits in 6 innings

With staff ace Guthrie out for the week, Joey started on the mound for the Cookies & Cream. He gave up a leadoff single to Anthony, who moved to second on an Evan groundout. But the runner was stranded at second, as Josh grounded out to center to end the inning.

Charlie pitched a perfect top of the second, and Joey matched up, retiring the Ham Slams in order in the bottom half of the inning.

Cookies & Cream finally got to Charlie in the top of the third. Joey grounded out to lead off the inning, but the next batter, Blose, slammed a one-out solo homer, giving Cookies & Cream a 1-0 lead. Charlie then retired Dinger for the second out of the inning.

Joey cruised through the bottom of the third, retiring the side in order.

Joey retired 9 straight Ham Slams batters from the first inning to the fifth

Joey retired 9 straight Ham Slams batters from the first inning to the fifth

Charlie retired Vassallo for the first out of the top of the fourth, and Joey followed with a one-out double. But Charlie stranded him at second, getting Blose to ground out for the second out of the inning.

The Ham Slams were unable to tie the game, as Josh and Steve were retired consecutively in the bottom of the fourth.

Charlie pitched a perfect frame in the top of the fifth. With one out in the bottom of the fifth, Anthony doubled for his second hit of the game. But the Ham Slams couldn’t advance him, as Joey retired Evan to end the inning.

Dinger fields a ball in right field as Anthony races toward second for a double

Dinger fields a ball in right field as Anthony races toward second for a double

Cookies & Cream couldn’t add to their lead in the top of the sixth, as Charlie retired the side in order. But Joey didn’t need the run support, as he retired Josh and Steve in the bottom of the sixth, giving Cookies & Cream the 1-0 win.

Cookies & Cream moved to 6-2 with the win, as the Ham Slams fell to 3-5 on the year.

W: Joey (1-0)
L: Charlie (2-3)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Joey pitched a complete game shutout for Cookies & Cream, allowing only 2 hits and no runners to advance past second base.
– Charlie also pitched great in the complete game loss, giving up only 1 earned run on 3 hits. Only one Cookies & Cream runner advanced past second base in the game.
– Joey and Blose were the only players to reach base for Cookies & Cream. Joey went 2-for-4 with 2 doubles, while Blose went 1-for-4 and scored the game’s only run on his solo homer.
– Anthony was the only Ham Slams player to reach base, going 2-for-3 with a single and a double.

Cookies & Cream Top Eastbound & Dahn 3-2 on Joey’s Two-Run Walk-Off Inside-the-Park Homer

9 Jun
Cookies & Cream stole a win from Eastbound & Dahn as Joey's walk-off inside-the-park homer in the bottom of the sixth put them ahead

Cookies & Cream stole a win from Eastbound & Dahn as Joey’s walk-off inside-the-park homer in the bottom of the sixth put them ahead

Cookies & Cream trailed 2-1 and were down to their final out when a throwing error led to Joey’s walk-off inside-the-park homer, which gave them a stunning 3-2 win over Eastbound & Dahn.

Back from a week off, Dinger started on the mound for Cookies & Cream and continued to pitch well, as he has all season. After giving up a one-out single to Hartley, he retired Ivan to end the top of the first.

Dinger cruised through the first three innings on the mound

Dinger cruised through the first three innings on the mound

Cookies & Cream took an early lead in the bottom of the first. With one out, Joey doubled, and scored when the next batter Blose, playing for the first time in 2013, singled. Joey raced home from second, putting Cookies & Cream up 1-0. The next batter, Vassallo, also singled, putting runners on the corners with one out. But Ivan, starting on the mound for Eastbound, retired Dinger to end the inning, stranding both runners.

Dinger rolled through the top of the second in order, and Ivan did the same, pitching a scoreless bottom of the second.

After giving up a run in the first, Ivan got into a groove on the mound

After giving up a run in the first, Ivan got into a groove on the mound

Eastbound continued to struggle at the plate in the top of the third, going hitless as the side was retired in order. Vassallo led off the bottom of the third with a single, but didn’t move past first, as Ivan retired Dinger and Joey to end the inning.

After cruising through the first three innings, Dinger found himself in trouble in the top of the fourth. Hartley led off the inning with a singled, and Ivan followed with another single, putting runners on first and second with no outs. Mark singled to right with the help of a fielding error, and Hartley raced home to tie the game at 1-1. Dinger retired Hartley for the first out of the inning, but the runners advanced, putting men on the corners with one out. Ivan roped a double, scoring a run and giving Eastbound & Dahn a 2-1 lead. Mark grounded out to center for the second out of the inning, but Eastbound had bounced back for a one-run lead.

Ivan held the lead in the bottom of the fourth. Vassallo singled with one out, but was stranded at first when Dinger grounded out to left for the second out of the inning.

Hartley singled to lead off the top of the fifth, but didn’t advance past first, as Dinger retired Ivan and Mark to end the inning. Ivan rolled through the bottom of the fifth, pitching a perfect frame.

Hartley led off the top of the sixth with a double, his fourth hit of the game, but Dinger was able to avoid further damage, retiring the next two batter to strand the runner at second.

Vassallo led off the bottom of the sixth with a single, his fourth hit in as many at-bats, and Cookies & Cream had the tying runner on base. Dinger grounded out to left for the first out of the inning, but advanced the tying runner into scoring position. Down to their final out, Joey hit the ball to deep left-center. Vassallo raced around to score to tie the game, and Joey raced around the bases to second. But Eastbound & Dahn made a critical throwing error, allowing Joey to continue around the bases all the way to home for an inside-the-park home run. The two-run homer put Cookies & Cream ahead 3-2 for the win, as Eastbound & Dahn lost in shocking fashion.

Vassallo had 4 singles, including one in the bottom of the sixth which started the game-ending rally

Vassallo had 4 singles, including one in the bottom of the sixth which started the game-ending rally

The win moved Cookies & Cream to 5-2 on the season. Eastbound & Dahn dropped to 2-5 with the loss.

W: Dinger (2-1)
L: Ivan (1-1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Dinger pitched the complete game win, giving up 2 runs on 7 hits in 6 innings.
– Ivan took the loss for Eastbound & Dahn, allowing 3 runs on 7 hits in 6 innings.
– Vassallo and Joey each had multipel hits for Cookies & Cream. Vassallo went a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate with 4 singles and a run scored. Joey went 2-for-5 with a double, the walk-off home run, and 2RBI.
– 2011 EWL Wiffler of the Year and 2011 EWL Wiffle Series MVP Blose made his first appearance of the 2013 season. He has been limited in action due to fathering a child.
– Hartley led Eastbound & Dahn at the plate, going 4-for-6 with 3 singles, a double, and a run scored.

Questionable Outfit Storm Past Ham Slams 5-1

9 Jun
Questionable Outfit celebrates at the plate after Reilly's first inning homer

Questionable Outfit celebrates at the plate after Reilly’s first inning homer

Questionable Outfit took an early lead against the Ham Slams and rode Mike’s arm and solid defense to an easy 5-1 win.

Josh started the game pitching for the Ham Slams, and after retiring Tom, the first batter, Reilly crushed a solo homer to deep left field, putting Questionable Outfit up 1-0 early.

Questionable Outfit sent Mike to the mound, and after giving up a single to the Ham Slams leadoff hitter, Anthony, his defense was able to turn a double play when Josh grounded out to the mound.

Mike would get all the run support he needed in the top of the second, when Questionable Outfit got out their bats. Bob led off the inning with a double and scored from second when Tom grounded out to deep left field. Up 2-0, Reilly and Mike each singled to put runners on first and second with one out. Bob stepped to the plate and blasted a three-run bomb to right field, giving Questionable Outfit a 5-0 lead. Josh retired Tom, the next batter, to end the inning, but the damage was done.

With Mike on first and Reilly on second, Bob's second inning homer put Questionable Outfit up 5-0

With Mike on first and Reilly on second, Bob’s second inning homer put Questionable Outfit up 5-0

Mike continued to roll in the bottom of the second. Evan singled with one out, but Mike stranded him at first, getting Charlie to ground out to right.

Questionable Outfit nearly added to their lead in the top of the third, but were unable to capitalize on multiple base runners. After Reilly flew out to left to start the inning, Mike and Bob each singled, putting runners at the corners with one out. But Josh buckled down, getting Tom to fly out to center, stranding both runners.

The Ham Slams finally got on the board in the bottom of the third. Anthony led off the inning with a double, and blazed around the bases to score from second when Josh grounded out to Tom in left field. Mike retired the next batter, Steve, to end the inning with the score 5-1.

Anthony led off the 3rd inning with a double and scored the Ham Slams only run

Anthony led off the 3rd inning with a double and scored the Ham Slams only run

Reilly singled to lead off the top of the fourth, but Josh retired Mike and Bob in order to end the inning. Mike cruised through the bottom of the fourth, retiring the side in order.

Josh pitched a perfect top of the fifth, but the Ham Slams couldn’t cut into the deficit in the bottom half of the inning.

Mike singled to lead off the top of the sixth. Bob followed with a deep fly to left, but Steve caught the ball and doubled up Mike who had raced around the bases.

Down to their final at-bat, the Ham Slams looked to rally. Steve led off the inning with a single and moved to second on an Evan single, but Charlie grounded out directly to the mound, allowing Mike to tap the rubber and complete a double play to end the game.

The win moved Questionable Outfit above .500 to 4-3 on the season, while the loss dropped the Ham Slams to 3-4.

W: Mike (3-0)
L: Josh (0-1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Mike pitched the complete game win for Questionable Outfit, giving up only one earned run on 6 hits.
– Josh took the loss, also pitching a complete game, while giving up 5 earned runs on 9 hits.
– Reilly, Mike, and Bob each registered 3 hits for Questionable Outfit. Bob led the team, going 3-for-5 with a single, a double, a home run, 2 runs scored, and 3RBI.
– Anthony led the Ham Slams on offense, going 2-for-3 with a single, a double, and a run scored.
– Questionable Outfit tied the EWL record for most double-plays turned in a game, with 2.

Steve’s Walk-Off Homer in Bottom of the 10th Gives Ham Slams 3-2 Win Over Eastbound & Dahn

2 Jun
Steve's walk-off homer in the bottom of the tenth won the game for the Ham Slams 3-2

Steve’s walk-off homer in the bottom of the tenth won the game for the Ham Slams 3-2

The Ham Slams only managed 5 hits in 10 innings, but the last hit was the most important, as Steve’s walk-off solo homer in the bottom of the tenth inning gave them a 3-2 win in an epic battle against Eastbound & Dahn.

The Ham Slams started Josh on the mound, and it looked as if he would be in trouble early. After retiring the game’s first batter, Ivan, he gave up singles to Hartley and Mark, putting runners at the corners with one out. But he was able to retire the next batter, Helal, stranding both runners and ending the inning.

Mark started for Eastbound & Dahn and cruised through the bottom of the first, retiring the side in order.

Josh got into a groove in the top of the second, retiring the side in order while striking out Ivan. Mark continued to roll in the bottom of the second, pitching a scoreless inning.

The stalemate continued in the top of the third, as Josh rolled through Eastbound & Dahn in order. Mark matched Josh with a perfect bottom of the third.

Trevar singled with one out in the top of the fourth, but was held at first as Josh stranded the runner to end the inning. Mark retired the side in order in the bottom of the fourth, and had a perfect game through four innings.

Josh cruised through the top of the fifth, and the score remained 0-0 through four and a half. But the scoreless tie would finally end in the bottom of the fifth. The first batter, Josh, helped himself out with a little run support, belting a solo homer to left-center, putting the Ham Slams up 1-0 and ending Mark’s bid for a no-hitter. The Ham Slams would only score one, as Mark retired the following two batters.

Eastbound & Dahn hadn’t had a base runner beyond first base since the first inning, but they bounced back in the top of the sixth. With one out and no one on, Trevar came to the plate as Eastbound & Dahn’s last hope. He crushed as solo bomb to left, tying the game at 1-1 and giving Eastbound life. Josh retired Ivan, ending the inning, and giving the Ham Slams a chance to win with a run in the bottom of the sixth.

Trevar's solo shot in the top of the sixth gave Eastbound & Dahn new life, tying the game at 2-2

Trevar’s solo shot in the top of the sixth gave Eastbound & Dahn new life, tying the game at 2-2

Mark wouldn’t allow it, as he retired the Ham Slams in order in the bottom half of the inning, sending the game to extra innings. Josh returned to steady pitching, retiring the side in the top of the seventh.

Steve singled with one out in the bottom of the seventh, putting the winning run on first, but Mark struck out Charlie for the second out of the inning, pushing the game to the eighth.

Helal led off the top of the eighth by grounding out to left, but with one out, Trevar hit his second solo homer in as many at-bats, putting Eastbound & Dahn up 2-1. Ivan followed with a single and moved to third when Hartley doubled. Eastbound & Dahn had two runners in scoring position and looked as if they would blow the game open. But they were unable to capitalize and extend the lead, as Josh got Mark to ground out to center, stranding both runs.

Eastbound & Dahn celebrate at the plate after Trevar's solo homer in the top of the eighth

Eastbound & Dahn celebrate at the plate after Trevar’s solo homer in the top of the eighth

Down 2-1 and in their final at-bat, the Ham Slams rallied. Josh led off the inning with a triple, putting the tying run on third. The next batter, Anthony, singled, scoring Josh and tying the game at 2-2. Anthony moved to third when Steve grounded out to right field, and with one out, the Ham Slams had the winning run on third base. But Mark held tight, retiring Charlie to end the inning, and the game would go on.

Josh tripled to lead off the bottom of the eighth, then scored on an Anthony single to tie the game at 2-2

Josh tripled to lead off the bottom of the eighth, then scored on an Anthony single to tie the game at 2-2

Both teams’ pitchers had reached their innings limit as each had pitched all 8 previous innings. The Ham Slams put Charlie on the mound, and he retired the side in order in the top of the ninth. Eastbound & Dahn turned to Hartley, and he did the same, retiring Josh and Anthony consecutively to send the game to the tenth inning.

Ivan led off the top of the tenth with a double, putting the lead run in scoring position. Ivan moved to third on a Hartley groundout to left, and with one-out, Eastbound & Dahn needed a base hit to take the lead. But Charlie buckled down, retiring Mark to end the inning with the score tied at 2-2.

The game had reached double-digit innings, but wouldn’t go further. Steve led off the bottom of the tenth and crushed a solo homer off Hartley, a walk-off blast that gave the Ham Slams a 3-2 win in the longest game of the 2013 season.

The win moved the Ham Slams to 3-3 on the year, while Eastbound & Dahn fell to 2-4.

W: Charlie (2-2)
L: Hartley (0-1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Charlie picked up the win for the Ham Slams, giving up no runs on 1 hit in 2 innings.
– Hartley took the loss for Eastbound & Dahn, giving up 1 run on 1 hit in 1 inning pitched.
– Josh got a no-decision in the game, giving up 2 runs on 7 hits in 8 innings.
– Mark also got a no-decision despite pitching 4 perfect innings to start the game. He finished by giving up 2 runs on 4 hits in 8 innings with 1 strikeout.
– Josh led the Ham Slams at the plate, going 2-for-6 with a triple, a home run, an RBI, and 2 runs scored.
– Trevar led Eastbound & Dahn offensively, going 3-for-5 with a single, two homers, 2 RBI, and 2 runs scored.

Questionable Outfit Win Defensive Struggle, Topping Cookies & Cream 3-2 in Nine Innings

2 Jun
Bob had 2 RBIs for Questionable Outfit, including the game-winning RBI in the bottom of the ninth

Bob had 2 RBIs for Questionable Outfit, including the game-winning RBI in the bottom of the ninth

After Joey and Bob battled it out on the mound for 8 innings, Questionable Outfit cracked Guthrie in the bottom of the ninth inning to outlast Cookies & Cream for a 3-2 victory.

Bob got off to a rough start for Questionable Outfit, as the first batter he faced, Morrison, blasted a solo homer to deep left-center, giving Cookies & Cream an early 1-0 lead. But Bob settled down, retiring the side to end the inning, keeping the damage at a single run.

Cookies & Cream celebrate at home after Morrison led off the game with a solo homer

Cookies & Cream celebrate at home after Morrison led off the game with a solo homer

With Dinger out for week 3, Joey made his first pitching appearance of the season. With one out he gave up a single to Reilly, but stranded him at first for a scoreless first inning.

Vassallo led off the top of the second with a double, but Cookies & Cream couldn’t cash in, as Bob retired Morrison and Guthrie to end the inning.

Joey continued to pitch well in the bottom of the second. After giving up a one-out single to Tom, he got Reilly to ground out to left for the second out of the inning.

Bob cruised through the top of the third, and provided his own run support in the bottom half of the inning. With one out, he crushed a solo homer to right, tying the game at 1-1.

Both pitchers were perfect in the top of the fourth, as batters struggled to make solid contact.

Joey looked strong in his first pitching appearance of 2013 after struggling heavily on the mound in 2012

Joey looked strong in his first pitching appearance of 2013 after struggling heavily on the mound in 2012

After retiring Joey to lead off the top of the fifth, Bob gave up a solo bomb to Vassallo, as Cookies & Cream regained the lead at 2-1. Morrison followed with a single, but Bob avoided getting into further trouble, retiring Guthrie to end the inning.

Tom doubled with one out in the bottom of the fifth, but Reilly couldn’t advance the tying runner, grounding out to left for the second out.

Bob pitched a perfect top of the sixth, and down 2-1, Questionable Outfit were down to their final at-bat in the bottom of the sixth. The first batter, Mike, hit a deep solo homer, tying the game at 2-2 and extending the game for Questionable Outfit. Bob followed with a single, and with no outs, the winning run was on first. Tom grounded out for the first out of the inning, but pushed Bob to second. With the winning run in scoring position, Questionable Outfit was unable to capitalize, as Reilly grounded out to center, stranding the runner and sending the game to extra innings.

Mike celebrates as he rounds third after hitting a solo homer in the bottom of the sixth which would send the game to extra innings

Mike celebrates as he rounds third after hitting a solo homer in the bottom of the sixth which would send the game to extra innings

Bob stayed on the mound for Questionable Outfit was remained effective, retiring Cookies & Cream in order in the top of the seventh. Joey also remained on the mount and matched Bob, sending Questionable Outfit down consecutively in the bottom of the seventh.

With one out in the top of the eighth, Vassallo doubled, putting the lead run in scoring position for Cookies & Cream. But Bob retired Morrison, stranding the runner and ending the inning.

Vassallo was the only offensive spark for Cookies & Cream, as his fifth inning homer put them up 2-1

Vassallo was the only offensive spark for Cookies & Cream, as his fifth inning homer put them up 2-1

Joey rolled through the bottom of the eighth, retiring Tom and fanning Reilly.

Both teams’ starting pitchers had reached their innings limit, and each had to turn to the bullpen as the game went on to the ninth inning. Questionable Outfit put Mike on the mound, as he had won their previous game. With one out, Joey singled, and the lead runner was on base for Cookies & Cream, but Vassallo flew out to center, ending the threat.

Cookies & Cream turned to their ace Guthrie, who had two innings of eligibility left. He wouldn’t get the chance to use them. Mike led off the inning with a double, and the winning run was on second with no outs. The next batter, Bob, grounded out to right for the first out of the inning. Mike raced around third, and looked as if he was going to try to score. Morrison, who fielded the ball in right, gunned the ball in to Guthrie on the mound in an attempt to retire the base runner Mike. But the ball sailed over Guthrie’s head, and Mike raced home, scoring the winning run. Questionable Outfit had outlasted Cookies & Cream, winning 3-2 in nine innings.

Mike extended the game for Questionable Outfit and scored the game-winning run

Mike extended the game for Questionable Outfit and scored the game-winning run

The win moved Questionable Outfit to .500 at 3-3 on the year, as Cookies & Cream dropped to 4-2.

W: Mike (2-0)
L: Guthrie (3-1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Mike picked up the win for Questionable Outfit, pitching a single inning, giving up 1 hit and 0 runs.
– Guthrie took the loss for Cookies & Cream, pitching half an inning, giving up 1 hit and 1 run.
– Bob pitched 8 innings for Questionable Outfit in a no decision, giving up 2 runs on 5 hits.
– Joey got a no-decision for Cookies & Cream, giving up 2 runs on 6 hits in 8 innings with 1 strikeout.
– Bob and Mike each homered and registered 2 hits for Questionable Outfit. Mike went 2-for-6 with a double, a homer, 1 RBI, and 2 runs, including the game-winning run. Bob went 2-for-6 with a single, a home run, 1 run, and 2 RBI, including the game-winning RBI.
– Vassallo led Cookies & Cream at the plate, going 3-for-6 with 2 doubles, a home run, an RBI, and a run scored.