Questionable Outfit Narrowly Escape with 11-10 Win in Epic Game 3

10 Aug
Questionable Outfit celebrate at the plate after Morrison's home run in the top of the second inning

Questionable Outfit celebrate at the plate after Morrison’s home run in the top of the second inning

In one of the best games in the history of the EWL playoffs, Cookies & Cream made a remarkable comeback only to fall short as Questionable Outfit held on to take a 2-1 series lead with a dramatic 11-10 victory.

With the series tied at 1-1, Cookies & Cream were the home team and they send Dinger to the mound. After losing in game 1, he was hoping for a better performance in game 3, but he got into trouble early. The game’s first batter, Tom, went deep to left-center, and the solo homer put Questionable Outfit ahead 1-0. Dinger was able to rebound and retire the next two batters to end the inning and avoid a big early deficit.

Game 1 winner, Reilly, was Questionable Outfit’s starting pitcher for game 3. He cruised through the bottom of the first, retiring the side in order.

Things got worse for Dinger and Cookies & Cream in the top of the second, as Questionable opened up a sizable lead. Reilly was retired for the first out of the inning, but Questionable rallied with one out. Tom singled, and the next batter, Bob, crushed a two-run bomb to right, making the score 3-0. Morrison followed with a solo homer, and the back-to-back homers extended the lead to 4-0. Reilly was retired for the second out of the inning, but Cookies & Cream found themselves in a hole.

Cookies would put a small dent in the Questionable lead in the bottom of the second. Joey was retired for the first out of the inning, but Vassallo followed with a solo homer, cutting the score to 4-1. Reilly then retired Dinger to end the inning.

Vassallo homered twice in game 3

Vassallo homered twice in game 3

Questionable would blow the game open in the top of the third. Tom led off with a single, and for the second consecutive inning, Bob launched a two-run homer into deep right-center, extending the lead to 6-1. Morrison followed with a double off the fence, forcing Cookies to turn to the bullpen. They brought in Blose for a rare pitching appearance, and the first batter he faced, Reilly hit an RBI single that scored Morrison, making the score 7-1. Blose would retire the next two batters to end the inning, but Questionable had taken a six-run lead.

Morrison was a single short of hitting for the cycle, with a double, triple, home run, and 3 runs scored

Morrison was a single short of hitting for the cycle, with a double, triple, home run, and 3 runs scored

Reilly retired the side in order in the bottom of the third, and Questionable Outfit were in command of game 3.

After retiring Morrison to start the top of the fourth, Blose allowed a single to Reilly, followed by a double to Tom. Questionable had runners on second and third with one out, and it looked as if the game would get out of hand with Bob coming to the plate. But Blose was able to retire Bob, stranding both runners and escaping the inning without damage.

Down 7-1, Cookies & Cream showed signs of life in the bottom of the fourth. Vassallo led off the inning with a solo homer, his second of the game, making the score 7-2. Dinger followed with a single and moved to second when Blose grounded out for the first out of the inning. The next batter, Joey, crushed a two-run homer to left, and Cookies & Cream had narrowed the deficit to 7-4. Reilly ended the rally there, retiring Vassallo to end the inning.

Dinger went 3-for-6 with a single, 2 homers, 2 RBI and 3 runs scored

Dinger went 3-for-6 with a single, 2 homers, 2 RBI and 3 runs scored

After pulling within three runs, Cookies couldn’t hold Questionable Outfit in check, as they pulled back ahead in the top of the fifth. Morrison led off the inning with a triple and scored on a Reilly single to make the score 8-4. Two batters later, Bob crushed his third homer of the game, another two-run shot, making the score 10-4. Blose retired Morrison for the second out of the inning, but Cookies & Cream would once again trail by six runs.

Down 10-4, Cookies & Cream made things very interesting in the bottom of the fifth. Dinger led off the inning with a solo homer, making the score 10-5. Blose followed with a single, and the next batter, Joey, crushed his second homer of the game, and the two-run bomb cut the deficit to 10-7. After Reilly retired Vassallo, Dinger came to the plate and blasted his second homer of the inning, and the score was 10-8. Blose followed with a solo shot, and the back-to-back jacks pulled Cookies & Cream within a run. For the first time in the 2014 season, Questionable Outfit was forced to make a call to the bullpen with Reilly on the mound. Morrison was called in for relief, and the first batter he faced, Joey, hit yet another solo homer to deep left field, and Cookies & Cream had miraculously tied the game at 10-10. Morrison then retired Vassallo for the second out of the inning, but Cookies & Cream had scored six runs and homered five times in the inning to pull from six runs behind and tie the game heading into the final frame.

Joey went 3-for-5 in game 3 with 5 RBI, and he hit 3 home runs for the second consecutive game in the Wiffle Series

Joey went 3-for-5 in game 3 with 5 RBI, and he hit 3 home runs for the second consecutive game in the Wiffle Series

Blose remained on the mound for Cookies & Cream in the top of the sixth, and he retired the first batter of the inning, Reilly. The next batter, Tom, fouled off multiple pitches and looked frustrated at the plate. But like they have all year, Questionable Outfit got offense when they needed it, and Tom blasted a solo homer to deep center field, putting Questionable Outfit back on top 11-10. Bob followed with a single, but Blose retired Morrison to end the inning.

After coming back from a huge deficit to tie the game, Cookies once again found themselves trailing heading into their last at-bat. They started at the top of the order, and Morrison retired Dinger for the first out of the inning. Down to one out, one of the game’s most feared hitters, Blose, faced off against one of the game’s other most feared hitters, Morrison, who was pitching. Morrison won this battle getting Blose to fly out to the mound for the second out of the inning, ending the game, and giving Questionable Outfit the win.

Despite nearly blowing a massive lead, Questionable Outfit held on to win game 3, giving them a 2-1 series lead in the best-of-seven Wiffle Series.

W: Morrison (1-0)
L: Blose (0-1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Blose took the loss for Cookies & Cream, allowing 5 earned runs on 9 hits in 4 innings of relief. Dinger also pitched 2 innings for Cookies, giving up 6 runs on 6 hits in 2 innings.
– Morrison got the win for Questionable Outfit, allowing one earned run on one hit in 1.5 innings of relief. Reilly allowed 9 earned runs on 9 hits in 4.5 innings before giving way to Morrison.
– Bob went 4-for-7 to lead the way for Questionable Outfit, hitting a single, 3 homers, scoring 3 runs, and driving in 6 runs.
– Morrison was a single shy of hitting for the cycle, going 3-for-7 with a double, triple, home run, 3 runs scored, and an RBI.
– Tom went 5-for-7 for Questionable Outfit, with 2 singles, a double, 2 homers, 4 runs scored, and 2 RBI.
– Reilly also contributed 3 hits for Questionable, all singles.
– Joey set the pace for Cookies & Cream at the plate, going 3-for-5 with 3 home runs, 3 runs scored, and 5 RBI.
– Dinger went 3-for-6 with a single, 2 home runs, 3 runs scored, and 2 RBI.
– Vassallo also went 2-for-5 with 2 home runs, 2 runs scored, and 2 RBI.

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