Cookies & Cream Edge Questionable Outfit 4-3 in Nail Biter

22 Jul
After a rough first inning, Guthrie got into a groove and let Cookies & Cream to a 4-3 win

After a rough first inning, Guthrie got into a groove and let Cookies & Cream to a 4-3 win

In a game that went back and forth, Questionable Outfit went up early, lost their lead, and narrowly missed tying the game late in a 4-3 loss to Cookies & Cream.

Guthrie made his second consecutive start for Coookies & Cream, and it looked like things would get dicey early. Tom led off the game with a single, and moved to second when Reilly grounded out for the first out of the inning. The next batter, Reilly Jr. launched a two-run homer into left-center, putting Questionable Outfit ahead 2-0. Guthrie then retired Tom to end the inning, avoiding further damage.

Reilly Jr. made his first career pitching appearance, starting on the mound for Questionable Outfit. He retired Dinger for the first out of the inning, and after Guthrie doubled with one out, Joey grounded out to the mound for the second out of the inning, stranding the runner.

Guthrie pitched a perfect frame in the top of the second, and it looked as if Cookies & Cream would rally in the bottom of the second. Morrison led off the inning with a single, and moved to second when Dinger singled. Guthrie flew out to the mound for the first out of the inning, but Joey followed with a single, loading the bases for Morrison with one out. He had been on a tear coming into this at-bat, but Reilly Jr. buckled down and got him to fly out to left for the second out of the inning, stranding all three runners on base.

Guthrie cruised in the top of the third, retiring the side in order. Cookies & Cream finally got on the board in the bottom of the third when Dinger led off the inning with a low-flying liner that topped the left field wall. His solo shot cut the score to 2-1. Guthrie followed with a triple, and the next batter, Joey, hit a deep fly to left. Guthrie tagged and scored on the play, tying the game at 2-2. Morrison then hit a one-out single, but Reilly Jr. retired Dinger for the second out of the inning, maintaining the tie.

Cookies & Cream celebrate at the plate after Dinger's third inning homer put them on the board

Cookies & Cream celebrate at the plate after Dinger’s third inning homer put them on the board

Reilly Jr. grounded out for the first out in the top of the fourth, and after Tom singled, Guthrie retired Reilly to end the inning. Cookies & Cream got back to work in the bottom of the fourth. Reilly Jr. retired Guthrie for the first out, but the next batter, Joey, hit a solo blast to left, putting Cookies & Cream ahead 3-2. Morrison then came to the plate and crushed a solo shot, and the back-to-back homers gave Cookies & Cream a two-run lead at 4-2. Dinger followed with a single, and moved to third when Guthrie hit a one-out double. It looked as if Cookies would blow the game open, but Reilly Jr. retired the next batter, Joey, stranding two runners in scoring position and keeping the deficit at only two runs.

Morrison who went 3-for-5, connects on a solo shot in the fourth

Morrison who went 3-for-5, connects on a solo shot in the fourth

Guthrie retired Reilly Jr. for the first out of the inning, and Tom followed with a single. The next batter, Reilly, doubled off the wall, scoring Tom from first, cutting the score to 4-3. With one out and a runner on second, Reilly Jr. grounded out to left for the second out of the inning, stranding the runner.

Reilly's RBI double in the top of the fifth cut Questionable Outfit's deficit to a single run

Reilly’s RBI double in the top of the fifth cut Questionable Outfit’s deficit to a single run

Cookies & Cream were unable to add to their one-run lead in the bottom of the fifth, as Reilly Jr. retired the side in order.

With the score 4-3, Cookies & Cream turned to their bullpen, bringing their closer Morrison in to lock down the save. Tom led off the top of the sixth with a double, putting the tying run on second. The next batter, Reilly grounded out to left, but advanced Tom to third on the play. With one out and the tying run only a base away, Reilly Jr. hit a sharply hit ball to left, but Cookies & Cream were able to field it for the second out, ending the game and giving them a 4-3 win.

Morrison came out of the bullpen to preserve the lead and earned his second save of the season

Morrison came out of the bullpen to preserve the lead and earned his second save of the season

The win moved Cookies & Cream to 12-7 on the season, while Questionable Outfit sat a half game above them in the standings at 13-7.

W: Guthrie (7-2)
L: Reilly Jr. (0-1)
S: Morrison (2)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Guthrie pitched 5 innings in the winning effort for Cookies & Cream, allowing 3 runs on 5 hits. Morrison pitched 1 inning for the save, allowing no runs on 1 hit.
– Reilly Jr. was saddled with the loss for Questionable Outfit, giving up 4 runs on 11 hits in 5 innings pitched.
– Morrison led Cookies & Cream on offense, going 3-for-5 with 2 singles, a home run, a run scored, and an RBI.
– Dinger and Guthrie each contributed 3 hits for Cookies & Cream.
– Tom led Questionable Outfit at the plate, going 4-for-6 with 3 singles, a double, and 2 runs scored.

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