Reilly Pitches Gem, Questionable Outfit on Brink of Wiffle Series Berth with 8-2 Win

21 Jul
Reilly pitched the complete game win for Questionable Outfit in a strong bounce-back effort after struggling in game 1

Reilly pitched the complete game win for Questionable Outfit in a strong bounce-back effort after struggling in game 1

Reilly bounced back from his game 1 struggles and followed Bob’s game 2 perfect game with a strong performance on the mound, holding Eastbound & Dahn in check as Questionable Outfit took a 2-1 series lead after an 8-2 game 3 victory.

Nate, who was utterly dominant in game 1 of the series, returned to the mound as the game 3 starter for Eastbound & Dahn. Things didn’t fare so well this time around, as Questionable Outfit appeared to have figured out his breaking ball. Tom led off the game with a solo homer, and Questionable was ahead 1-0 early. Morrison would then double, and he scored when Bob followed with a double, making the score 2-0. Reilly grounded out to left-center for the first out of the inning, and Bob moved to third on the play. Tom followed with a one-out single, scoring Bob and putting Questionable ahead 3-0. Morrison followed with a single, and just when it looked like Questionable Outfit would blow the game open, Nate got Bob to fly out to the mound for the second out of the inning, stranding two runners.

Down three runs, Eastbound would respond in the bottom of the first. Ivan led off the a single, and Hartley followed with a two-run shot to left-center, making the score 3-2. It looked as if Reilly’s struggles would continue, but he retired the next two batters, ending the inning and maintaining a one run lead.

Hartley's two-run homer in the bottom of the second pulled Eastbound & Dahn within a run

Hartley’s two-run homer in the bottom of the second pulled Eastbound & Dahn within a run

The struggles continued for Nate and Eastbound in the top of the second inning. Reilly led off the inning with a double and moved to third when Kimble grounded out for the first out of the inning. The next batter, Morrison, crushed a two-run homer, and the score was 5-2. Bob followed with a single, and Reilly collected his second hit of the inning with a two-run home run, extending the Questionable Outfit lead to 7-2. Eastbound had seen enough from Nate, and after only 1.5 innings he was replaced by Helal on the mound. Helal retired Tom for the second out of the inning, and Eastbound would trail by 5 runs early.

Morrison went 4-for-6 with 3 extra-base hits to lead Questionable Outfit on offense

Morrison went 4-for-6 with 3 extra-base hits to lead Questionable Outfit on offense

Ivan would single with one out in the bottom of the second, but Eastbound couldn’t cut the deficit, as Reilly retired Hartley to strand the runner.

Morrison doubled to start the top of the third, and he moved to second when Bob grounded out to right for the first out of the inning. Reilly followed with a one-out double, scoring Morrison to extend the lead to 8-2. Helal retired Kimble to end the inning, and Questionable Outfit had a commanding six run lead.

Reilly rolled through the bottom of the third, retiring the side in order.

Helal pitched his first scoreless frame in the top of the fourth, sending Morrison and Bob down consecutively.

Reilly maintained the lead in the bottom half of the inning. After retiring Helal, Ivan hit a one-out triple, but Eastbound couldn’t capitalize, as Hartley was retired for the second out of the inning.

Morrison makes a running catch in the outfield

Morrison makes a running catch in the outfield

Helal held the lead in the top of the fifth, pitching another scoreless frame. Reilly matched him in the bottom of the fifth, getting Christian to fly out to the mound before striking out Nate to retire the side.

Questionable couldn’t add to their lead in the top of the sixth, as Helal retired Morrison and Bob. Helal had sent down 7 of the last 8 batters he faced, but got no run support to spark a comeback.

Down to their final at-bat, Eastbound went quietly in the bottom of the sixth, as Reilly got both Helal and Ivan to fly out, ending the inning and the game.

The 8-2 win put Questionable Outfit ahead 2-1 in the best-of-five series and one win away from clinching their second consecutive berth in the Wiffle Series.

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

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Reilly pitched the complete game win for Questionable Outfit, allowing 2 earned runs on 4 hits while striking out 1 in 6 innings.
– Nate took the loss for Eastbound & Dahn, giving up 7 runs on 9 hits in 1.5 innings. Helal pitched 4.5 innings of relief, allowing 1 earned run on 2 hits.
– Morrison led Questionable Outfit on offense, going 4-for-6 with a single, 2 doubles, a homer, 3 runs scored, and 2 RBI.
– Reilly also had 3 hits on the day, going 3-for-5 with a single, a double, a home run, 2 runs scored, and 3 RBI.
– Ivan led Eastbound & Dahn on offense, going 3-for-4 with 2 singles, a triple, and a run scored.

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