Eastbound & Dahn Hammer Cookies & Cream in 6-2 Win

8 Jul
Mark had 5 hits to lead Eastbound & Dahn as they beat Cookies & Cream 6-2

Mark had 5 hits to lead Eastbound & Dahn as they beat Cookies & Cream 6-2

Eastbound & Dahn went up early and Helal used the run support to cruise to a 6-2 win over Cookies & Cream.

Cookies & Cream got out their bats early, and it looked as if Helal would have a long day on the mound. The first batter he faced, Dinger, singled, and moved to second when Joey grounded out for the first out of the inning. The next batter, Guthrie, ripped an RBI triple, scoring Dinger and putting Cookies & Cream ahead 1-0. Helal minimized the damage, retiring Vassallo for the second out, ending the inning.

Guthrie's RBI triple in the top of the first put Cookies & Cream ahead 1-0

Guthrie’s RBI triple in the top of the first put Cookies & Cream ahead 1-0

The Cookies & Cream lead would not last long, as the league’s best pitcher, Guthrie, was hit hard. He retired Mark to start the game, but then things got rocky. Trevar hit a one-out single, and Helal followed with a two-run jack, putting Eastbound & Dahn ahead 2-1. Mark followed with a solo blast, and the back-to-back homers gave Eastbound a 3-1 lead. Trevar followed with yet another Eastbound bomb, and his solo homer pushed the score to 4-1. Helal couldn’t extend the home run streak to four, as Guthrie retired him to end the inning.

Trevar had two hits, incuding a homer, and scored two runs in the bottom of the first

Trevar had two hits, incuding a homer, and scored two runs in the bottom of the first

Helal retired Dinger for the first out in the top of the second, and after Joey doubled, Guthrie grounded out to left to end the inning.

Mark doubled to lead off the bottom of the second, and with aggressive base running, scored from second on a routine ground out by Trevar. Helal grounded out for the second out, and Eastbound & Dahn had a 5-1 lead.

Helal pitched a perfect frame in the top of the third, retiring the side in order. Mark led off the bottom of the third with a single, and moved to second when Trevar followed with a single. Helal then hit another single, and Eastbound & Dahn had the bases loaded with no outs. Mark came to the plate and singled, the fourth consecutive for Eastbound, scoring the runner from third and making the score 6-1. With the bases still loaded, Guthrie got out of the jam, getting Trevar to fly out to shallow center, and Helal to do the same for the second out of the inning, stranding three runners.

After retiring Joey for the first out of the inning, Helal gave up a one-out double to Guthrie. The next batter, Vassallo, tripled, scoring Guthrie and cutting the score to 6-2. But Cookies & Cream couldn’t rally, as Dinger flew out to left for the second out of the inning.

Mark singled to lead off the bottom of the fourth, his fifth consecutive at-bat with a hit, but Guthrie was able to strand the runner. He retired Trevar and Helal to end the inning.

Joey led off the top of the fifth with a triple, but Helal continued to confused Cookies & Cream hitters. He retired the next two batters consecutively, ending the inning and maintaining the 6-2 lead.

Helal allowed only 2 runs in the complete game win for Eastbound & Dahn

Helal allowed only 2 runs in the complete game win for Eastbound & Dahn

Guthrie retired Mark to start the bottom of the fifth, and after giving up a one-out double to Trevar, he retired Helal for the second out of the inning.

Down to their final at-bat, Cookies & Cream needed four runs in the top of the sixth. After Dinger grounded out for the first out, Joey singled, but Helal stranded the runner, getting Guthrie to fly out for the second out of the inning, and ending the game.

The win moved Eastbound & Dahn to 6-8 on the year and within two games of .500. The loss dropped Cookies & Cream to 9-6 on the year, a half game behind Questionable Outfit in the standings.

W: Helal (3-1)
L: Guthrie (5-2)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Helal pitched the complete game win for Eastbound & Dahn, allowing only 2 runs on 7 hits in 6 innings.
– Guthrie took the loss for Eastbound & Dahn, giving up 6 runs on 11 hits in 5 innings.
– Mark led Eastbound & Dahn at the plate, going 5-for-7 with 3 singles, a double, a home run, 3 runs scored, and an RBI. Trevar also had 4 hits for Eastbound.
– Joey led Cookies & Cream at the plate, going 3-for-5 with a single, a double, and a triple.

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