Ham Slams Rally to Stun Eastbound & Dahn 9-8

7 Jul
Steve's double in the top of the sixth tied the game, and he later scored on a Charlie single to cap an improbable comeback

Steve’s double in the top of the sixth tied the game, and he later scored on a Charlie single to cap an improbable comeback

In what became the most exciting game of the 2013 EWL season, the Ham Slams rallied to overcome a seven-run deficit to top Eastbound & Dahn 9-8, snapping a six game losing streak.

Eastbound & Dahn sent Mark to the mound, and the Slams got to him early. Kyle led off the game with a single, and moved to third when Anthony followed with a double. The next batter, Josh, grounded out to left, but Kyle raced home on the play to put the Ham Slams up 1-0. Anthony moved to third, but Steve couldn’t advance him, as he grounded out to left to end the top of the first.

Josh started for the Ham Slams, and Eastbound & Dahn came out blazing. Mark led off the bottom of the first with a triple, and Trevar followed with a two-run blast, immediately erasing the Ham Slams early lead. Helal followed with a solo bomb, and the back-to-back homers put Eastbound ahead 3-1. Mark singled to continue the big inning, and moved to second when Trevar followed with a single. With runners on first and second and no outs, Helal grounded out to left, as Josh finally recorded the first out of the inning after giving up five consecutive hits. But the damage did not end there, as Mark followed with a three-run home run, making the score 6-1. Trevar grounded out to center to end the inning, but Eastbound had exploded out of the gates.

It looked as if the Ham Slams would bounce back in the top of the second, but Mark escaped a jam. After Charlie grounded out to start the inning, Kyle and Anthony each singled, putting runners on first and second with one out. But Mark retired Josh, stranding both runners and escaping the inning while maintaining the 5-run lead.

Eastbound & Dahn got back to work in the bottom of the second. Helal led off the inning with a solo shot, his second of the game, making the score 7-1. Mark followed with a homer, his second of the game, and the back-to-back jacks pushed the Eastbound lead to 8-1. Josh retired Trevar and Helal to end the inning, but the Ham Slams trailed by seven runs.

Mark rolled through the top of the third, retiring Steve and Charlie in order. Josh pulled things together in the bottom half of the third, pitching a scoreless inning, the first he had pitched in the game.

The league's biggest player, Trevar of E&D, attempts to put out the league's smallest player, Kyle, of the Ham Slams

The league’s biggest player, Trevar of E&D, attempts to put out the league’s smallest player, Kyle, of the Ham Slams

Mark had been in control early, but the Ham Slams showed their resiliency in the top of the fourth. Kyle led off the inning with a single, and he moved from first to third when Anthony followed with a double. With no outs and two runners in scoring position, Josh doubled, plating both runs and cutting the score to 8-3. Steve followed with a single, scoring Josh and reducing the deficit to four runs. With Steve on first and no outs, Charlie singled, putting runners on first and second. Kyle followed with a single, scoring Steve, and the score was 8-5. Anthony came to the plate with runners on first and second and no outs, and he delivered with a triple, clearing the bases and cutting the deficit to 8-7. The Ham Slams had scored six runs and cut the deficit to only a run without registering an out in the inning. They had a runner in scoring position on third with no outs, but Mark snapped out of the funk, retiring Josh and Steve to end the disastrous inning.

caption id=”attachment_1241″ align=”aligncenter” width=”490″]Kyle, the Ham Slams newest free agent acquisition, had four singles and three runs scored Kyle, the Ham Slams newest free agent acquisition, had four singles and three runs scored[/caption]

Helal grounded out to start the bottom of the third, and after Mark singled for his fifth hit in the game, Josh retired Trevar to strand him and end the inning.

Trailing by a run, Charlie led off the top of fifth with a single. But the Ham Slams couldn’t tie the game, as Kyle flew out for the first out and Mark doubled-up Charlie to end the inning.

It looked as if Eastbound would add to their lead in the bottom of the fifth. Helal grounded out to start the inning, but Mark and Trevar each followed with singles. With one out and runners on the corners, Josh avoided more trouble, retiring Helal to strand the runners and end the inning.

Down 8-7 and in their final at-bat, Anthony flew out for the first out in the top of the sixth. Only an out away from winning, Mark gave up a double to Josh, and the tying runner was on second base. Steve followed with a double, scoring Josh, tying the game at 8-8. Charlie came to the plate with the go-ahead run in scoring position. He hit a line drive off the pitcher, reached first safely for a single, and Steve raced from second to score on the play. The Ham Slams had taken a 9-8 lead after trailing the entire game. Mark retired Kyle to end the inning, but Eastbound & Dahn had squandered a huge lead and now trailed heading into the bottom of the sixth.

Despite swinging a hot bat most of the game, Mark flew out to center for the first out of the inning. Down to their final out, Trevar roped a one-out double off the fence, and Eastbound had the tying runner in scoring position. But Josh buckled down, retiring Helal, stranding the runner, and giving the Ham Slams an incredible come-from-behind victory.

The win snapped a six-game losing streak for the Ham Slams and moved them to 4-10 on the season. The loss dropped Eastbound & Dahn to 5-8 on the year.

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

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Josh pitched the complete game win for the Ham Slams. He allowed 8 runs on 12 hits in 6 innings.
– Mark took the loss for Eastbound, giving up 9 runs on 15 hits in 6 innings pitched.
– Kyle and Anthony led the Ham Slams, each registering 4 hits on the game. Kyle went 4-for-6 with 4 singles, 3 runs scored, and an RBI. Anthony went 4-for-5 with a single, 2 doubles, a triple, a run scored, and 2 RBI. He was only a home run shy of hitting for the cycle. Josh and Steve each collected 2 hits, and Charlie had 3 singles, including the game-winning RBI.
– Mark led Eastbound & Dahn at the plate, going 6-for-8 with 3 singles, a triple, 2 homers, 4 runs scored, and 4 RBI. After the first inning, he only needed a double for the cycle, but failed to get it throughout the rest of the game.

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