Morrison’s Walk-Off Homer Wins Game 1 as Cookies & Cream Top Eastbound & Dahn 3-2

6 Aug
Morrison tied the game with a two-run homer in the fifth, and won Game 1 with a walk-off in the bottom of the sixth

Morrison tied the game with a two-run homer in the fifth, and won Game 1 with a walk-off in the bottom of the sixth

Morrison homered twice, including game-tying and game-winning home runs, as Cookies & Cream came from behind to take game 1 of their first round series against Eastbound & Dahn.

Cookies & Cream sent staff ace Guthrie to the mound to face Eastbound & Dahn, who were depleted and playing with only 3 players. Guthrie started well, retiring the side in order in the top of the first.

Eastbound & Dahn started Helal, their best pitcher during the 2013 season, and also started hot. He send Dinger and Guthrie down consecutively in the bottom of the first.

Guthrie would find himself in some trouble in the top of the second, starting when Ivan led off the inning with a double. The next batter, Mark, ripped an RBI single off the fence, putting Eastbound & Dahn ahead 1-0. Mark moved from first to third when Helal, the next batter, grounded out to right. But Guthrie buckled down, retiring Ivan to end the inning, stranding the runner at third.

Helal rolled through the bottom of the second, retiring the side in order.

Helal, delivering a pitch to Dinger, was dominant on the mound early in game 1

Helal, delivering a pitch to Dinger, was dominant on the mound early in game 1

Eastbound would add to their lead in the top of the third. Mark led off the inning with a single. After Helal flew out for the first out of the inning, Ivan roped a double to right-center, scoring Mark and putting Eastbound & Dahn ahead 2-0. Guthrie escaped further damage, retiring Mark for the second out of the inning.

Ivan's RBI double in the third put Eastbound & Dahn ahead 2-0

Ivan’s RBI double in the third put Eastbound & Dahn ahead 2-0

Helal continued to pitch in command in the bottom of the third. Dinger flew out to right for the first out, and after Guthrie hit a one-out double, Helal stranded him, retiring Joey for the second out of the inning.

Guthrie got back on track in the top of the fourth, retiring the side in order. Morrison led off the bottom of the fourth with a single, but Helal stranded him, retiring the next two batters to end the inning and preserve the 2-0 lead.

Guthrie settled into a groove in the top of the fifth, sending Mark and Helal down consecutively.

Down 2-0, Cookies & Cream finally cracked Helal in the bottom of the fifth. Joey led off the inning with a single, and the next batter, Morrison, ripped a two-run homer to deep left-center, tying the game at 2-2. Dinger followed with a single, and it looked as if Cookies & Cream were about to explode, but Helal settled down, retiring Guthrie and Joey to end the inning.

With the game tied at 2-2, Eastbound & Dahn were unable to regain the lead in the top of the sixth. Guthrie retired his sixth and seventh consecutive batters for a perfect frame, taking the game to the bottom of the sixth.

Guthrie got into a groove, retiring the final seven batters he faced in the game

Guthrie got into a groove, retiring the final seven Eastbound & Dahn batters he faced in the game

After taking 5 innings to score a run, Cookies & Cream had tied the game in the fifth, and would end it in the sixth. The first batter, Morrison, blasted a solo shot to left, and his walk-off homer gave Cookies & Cream a 3-2 game 1 victory.

The win pulled Cookies & Cream into a 1-0 lead in their best-of-five first round series with Eastbound & Dahn.

W: Guthrie (1-0)
L: Helal (0-1)

Box Score

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

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