Eastbound & Dahn Narrowly Escape with 8-7 Win over Questionable Outfit

14 Jul
All five members of Eastbound & Dahn homered in an 8-7 win over Questionable Outfit

All five members of Eastbound & Dahn homered in an 8-7 win over Questionable Outfit

Eastbound & Dahn held off a furious Questionable Outfit rally, managing not to blow a big early lead in an 8-7 win.

Eastbound & Dahn started Mark on the mound, and he got into some trouble early against in the top of the first. The game’s first batter, Tom, hit a mammoth leadoff solo homer to deep left field, putting Questionable Outfit ahead 1-0 immediately. Mark retired the next batter, Reilly, but Questionable Outfit would string together a few hits with one-out. Bob singled, and moved from first to third when Mike followed with a single. With one out and two runners on, it looked like Questionable Outfit would blow the game open early, but Mark avoided more trouble by retiring Tom to end the inning and strand both runners.

Kimble slaps his third leadoff homer of the 2013 season, putting Questionable Outfit ahead 1-0 early

Kimble slaps his third leadoff homer of the 2013 season, putting Questionable Outfit ahead 1-0 early

Mark helped himself out at the plate, instantly making up the runs he surrendered on the mound. He led off the bottom of the first with a solo homer, tying the game at 1-1. The next batter, Hartley, crushed a bomb to left-center, and the back-to-back homers put Eastbound ahead 2-1. Questionable Outfit’s starter, Mike, would retire the next two batter to end the inning.

Mark tied the game at 1-1 with a leadoff homer in the bottom of the first

Mark tied the game at 1-1 with a leadoff homer in the bottom of the first

After a shaky first inning, Mark cruised through the top of the second, retiring the side in order. Mike matched him in the bottom of the second, doing the same.

Mike led off the top of the third with a single, but Questionable Outfit couldn’t bring him home, as Mark retired Tom and Reilly to end the inning.

Bob delivers a pitch to Hartley, who went 3-for-4 to lead Eastbound & Dahn

Bob delivers a pitch to Hartley, who went 3-for-4 to lead Eastbound & Dahn

Eastbound got their bats back out in the bottom of the third and added to their lead. Harley led off the inning with a single, and the next batter, Ivan, hit a 2-run homer to deep right field, extending the Eastbound lead to 4-1. After retiring Helal for the first out, Mike gave up a solo shot to Trevar, making the score 5-1. He then fanned Mark for the second out of the inning.

Ivan watches one of his two 2-run homers sail over the right field fence

Ivan watches one of his two 2-run homers sail over the right field fence

Mark retired Bob for the first out in the top of the fourth, but Questionable Outfit would cut into the Eastbound lead. Mike singled, and with one out, Tom hit a monster two-run homer to left field, his second of the game. The blast made the score 5-3. Mark would then retire Reilly to end the inning.

Ahead by two runs, Eastbound would open up the lead again in the bottom of the fourth. Hartley started the inning with a double, and the next batter, Ivan, hit a 2-run home run, his second of the game, to make the score 7-3. Helal followed with a solo bomb, and the back-to-back homers put Eastbound ahead 8-7. Trevar followed with a double, and Eastbound had collected four consecutive extra-base hits without registering an out. But Mike pulled things together, retiring Mark and Hartley, stranding the runner at second to end the inning.

Questionable Outfit was down but not out, and they stormed back in the top of the fifth. Bob led off the inning with a solo homer, making the score 8-4. Mike followed with a single, setting up Tom for his third homer of the day, a two-run jack that made the score 8-6. Mark would retire Reilly for the first out, but the next batter, Bob, hit his second blast of the inning. His solo shot cut the Eastbound lead to 8-7. Mark had allowed 4 runs in the inning, but he kept his composure, striking out Mike for the second out, ending the Questionable Outfit rally.

Bob had two homers in the top of the fifth as Questionable Outfit stormed back

Bob had two homers in the top of the fifth as Questionable Outfit stormed back

Eastbound were unable to add to their lead in the bottom of the fifth, as Mike retired the side in order.

Down a run in the top of the sixth, Questionable Outfit were unable to tie the game in their final at-bat. Tom flew out to center for the first out of the inning, and after Reilly singled with one out, Mark retired Bob for the second out, ending the game.

The win moved Eastbound & Dahn to 7-9 on the season, while Questionable Outfit fell to 10-6 with the loss.

W: Mike (5-2)
L: Mark (2-3)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Mark pitched the complete game victory for Eastbound, allowing 7 runs on 11 hits in 6 innings.
– Mike took the loss for Questionable Outfit, giving up 8 runs on 9 hits in 5 innings. He has now lost his last two consecutive starts after beginning the season 5-0.
– Harley led Eastbound & Dahn at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a single, double, home run, 3 runs scored, and 1 RBI. He was only a triple shy of the cycle.
– All five Eastbound & Dahn players homered, including Ivan, who hit two bombs.
– Tom led Questionable Outfit on offense, going 3-for-6 with 3 homers, 3 runs scored, and 5 RBI.
– Bob collected 3 hits for Questionable, and Mike had 4 singles.
– Both teams had leadoff home runs in the game. Tom hit his third leadoff homer of the season; Mark’s was his second.

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