Eastbound & Dahn Stun Questionable Outfit 4-1 to Take Game 1

21 Jul
Nate was dominant in his first career playoff start, quieting the Questionable Outfit bats in game 1

Nate was dominant in his first career playoff start, quieting the Questionable Outfit bats in game 1

Nate, in his first playoff game as an EWL player, pitched the best game of his career, shutting down the unstoppable Questionable Outfit offense and leading his team to a shocking Game 1 victory in the best-of-5 series.

Questionable Outfit started 2014 EWL Pitch King candidate Reilly, who was coming off one of the best pitching seasons in EWL history. He cruised through the top of the first inning, retiring Hartley and Ivan in order.

Nate retired Reilly, the first batter in the bottom of the first, but Questionable Outfit would rally with one out to take an early lead. Bob singled with one out and moved from first to third when Morrison followed with a single. With runners on the corners, Kimble singled, scoring Bob and putting Questionable Outfit ahead 1-0. It looked as if Questionable, the heavy favorites in this series, would open up the game early, but Nate got Reilly to ground out to left, stranding two runners and minimizing the damage.

Eastbound & Dahn would bounce back quickly and effectively in the top of the second inning. Nate helped his own cause by leading off the inning with a solo homer, tying the game at 1-1. Christian followed with a single and moved to second when Helal grounded out for the first out of the inning. With one out and a runner in scoring position, the next batter, Hartley, crushed a two-run bomb to deep center field, putting Eastbound & Dahn ahead 3-1. Ivan followed with a solo shot, and the back-to-back homers put Eastbound ahead 4-1. Reilly would retire Nate to end the inning, but Questionable Outfit now trailed by three runs.

Hartley's two-run homer off Reilly put Eastbound & Dahn ahead for good

Hartley’s two-run homer off Reilly put Eastbound & Dahn ahead for good

Nate rolled through the bottom half of the second, retiring Bob and Morrison in order.

Reilly got back on track in the top of the third, pitching a scoreless frame. Kimble led off the bottom of the third with a double but was caught trying to extend the hit into a triple. Nate then retired Reilly to end the third, maintaining the three-run lead.

Nate and Christian of Questionable Outfit celebrate at the plate after Nate's solo homer

Nate and Christian of Questionable Outfit celebrate at the plate after Nate’s solo homer

Eastbound couldn’t add to their lead in the top of the fourth as Reilly sent Christian and Helal down consecutively. Nate returned the favor, retiring the side without allowing a hit in the bottom of the fourth.

Reilly continued to dominate in the top of the fifth, pitching another scoreless frame. Kimble led off the bottom of the fifth with a double, but Nate stranded him at second, retiring Reilly and Hartle to end the inning.

Reilly pitched yet another perfect inning in the top of the sixth, and retired the last 9 batters he faced in the game. It would be up to his offense to provide the run support to extend the game in the bottom of the sixth.

Christian stretches for a fly ball in right field

Christian stretches for a fly ball in right field

Morrison led off the final frame with a double, and despite the save opportunity, Eastbound stuck with Nate to close out the game. It was a good decision, as both Kimble and Reilly flew out to Nate at the mound, retiring the side and ending the game.

The 4-1 win put Eastbound & Dahn ahead 1-0 in the best-of-five first round series.

W: Nate (1-0)
L: Reilly (0-1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Nate pitched the complete game win for Eastbound & Dahn, allowing only 1 run while scattering 6 hits in 6 innings pitched.
– Reilly took the loss for Questionable Outfit, giving up 4 earned runs on 4 hits in 6 innings.
– Hartley, Ivan, and Nate each hit home runs for Eastbound & Dahn, and Christian added the fourth Eastbound hit, a single.
– Kimble led Questionable Outfit on offense, going 3-for-4 with a single and 2 doubles.

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