Ham Slams Ride Charlie’s Arm to 3-2 Win over Questionable Outfit

8 Jul
Kyle hit two solo bombs and helped lead the Ham Slams to a 3-2 win

Kyle hit two solo bombs and helped lead the Ham Slams to a 3-2 win

Charlie’s pitching and the Ham Slams defense quieted the league’s most prolific offense as the Slams surprised Questionable Outfit 3-2.

Questionable Outfit put the ball in Mike’s hands against the Slams, and he started hot, retiring the side in order in the top of the first.

The Ham Slams started their ace, Charlie, and it looked like he would be in trouble early. Questionable Outfit’s first batter, Tom, roped a double to lead off the inning. He moved the third when Reilly followed with a single. The next batter, Bob, grounded out to the mound, preventing the runner from scoring. Charlie then retired Mike, stranding both runners and avoiding damage in the bottom of the first.

Tom went 4-for-5 in the game with two extra-base hits

Tom went 4-for-5 in the game with two extra-base hits

Mike continued to roll in the top of the second, pitching a scoreless inning. Tom continued his hot bat in the bottom of the second, leading off the inning with a solo bomb, putting Questionable Outfit ahead 1-0. Charlie then retired Reilly and Bob in order to end the second.

Down 1-0, the Ham Slams responded in the top of the third. Kyle led off the inning with a solo homer, tying the game at 1-1, and Anthony followed with a solo blast of his own. The back-to-back homers gave the Ham Slams a 2-1 lead. Josh followed with a double, and the Ham Slams were set to break open the game. But Mike buckled down, retiring Charlie and Kyle to strand the runner and end the inning.

Josh congratulates his brother Kyle at the plate after one of his two homers

Josh congratulates his brother Kyle at the plate after one of his two homers

Mike led off the bottom of the third with a single, and moved from first to third when Tom followed with a single. Questionable Outfit had runners on first and third with no outs, but Charlie would escape trouble again. He fanned Reilly for the first out, then got Bob to groundout to right, stranding two Questionable Outfit runners on base.

Anthony led off the top of the fourth with a double, but Mike retired Josh and Charlie in order to hold the deficit at a single run. Charlie cruised through the bottom of the fourth, retiring Mike and Tom consecutively.

Charlie held the league's top offense in check over the complete game win

Charlie held the league’s top offense in check over the complete game win

Up 2-1, the Ham Slams added to their lead in the top of the fifth when Kyle led off the inning with a solo homer, his second of the game. After Anthony flew out to the mound for the first out, Josh hit a one-out double. But Mike retired Charlie for the second out of the inning, holding the runner at second.

Charlie retired Reilly for the first out in the bottom of the fifth, but Bob followed with a one-out single. Mike then singled, putting runners on first and second with one out. Tom followed with a single, and Bob scored from second on the play. But as Mike moved from first to third, Tom tried to extend the single into a double, and was caught in between bases for the second out of the inning. Questionable Outfit had cut the score to 3-2, but left two runners on base.

Steve entered the game in the top of the sixth after missing the game’s first five innings, but Mike retired the side in order to maintain the 3-2 score.

Down to their final at-bat, the potent Questionable Outfit offense was unable to get started in the bottom of the sixth. Charlie retired Reilly and Bob consecutively, ending the inning and giving the Ham Slams a 3-2 win.

The win was the Ham Slams second straight and moved their record to 5-10 on the season. This was the first 2-0 week of the 2013 season and the first time they had won consecutive games. The loss dropped Questionable Outfit to 9-5, snapping their five-game winning streak and putting them in a tie with Cookies & Cream for first place.

W: Charlie (3-6)
L: Mike (5-1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Charlie pitched the complete game win for the Ham Slams, allowing 2 runs on 8 hits in 6 innings.
– Mike took the loss for Questionable Outfit, his first loss of the season. He gave up 3 runs on 6 hits in 6 innings.
– Kyle, Anthony, and Josh each had 2 hits to lead the Ham Slams. Kyle’s two homers and Anthony’s one homer were all of the solo variety, and represented the three Ham Slams runs.
– Tom led Questionable Outfit offensively, going 4-for-5 with 2 singles, a double, a home run, a run scored, and 2 RBI.

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