Morrison Leads Questionable Outfit to Brink of Title with 8-4 Game 4 Victory

11 Aug
Reilly went 3-for-5 in game 4 with a double and an RBI

Reilly went 3-for-5 in game 4 with a double and an RBI

Riding Morrison’s big bat, Questionable Outfit took a commanding 3-1 lead in their best-of-seven Wiffle Series matchup with Cookies & Cream, and sit one game away from winning the title after beating their rivals 8-4 in game 4. Morrison set the place for Questionable, going 4-for-6 with a double, 3 home runs, 4 runs scored, and 4 RBI in a game that was never in question.

Guthrie, who had missed games one, two and three, started on the mound for Cookies & Cream in game 4. He had had modest success against Questionable Outfit throughout the year, but he was hit hard early in this outing. He retired the game’s first batter, Tom, before giving up a one-out double to Bob. The next batter, Morrison, doubled off the fence to score Bob and put Questionable ahead 1-0. Reilly followed with another double, scoring Morrison to make the score 2-0. Guthrie then retired Tom for the second out of the inning, and Cookies trailed by two runs early.

Blose stretches in attempt to make a catch, but the ball went off the fence for a double

Blose stretches in attempt to make a catch, but the ball went off the fence for a double

Questionable Outfit selected Bob as their game 4 starting pitcher, and he was coming off a narrow defeat in a decent game 2 outing. He gave up a one-out single to Dinger in the bottom of the first, but stranded him, maintaining the 2-0 lead.

Questionable would add to their lead in the top of the second. Guthrie retired Bob to start the inning, but the next batter, Morrison, crushed a solo shot to left, putting his squad ahead 3-0. Reilly followed with a single, and Tom drove him in with a towering two-run bomb to left. Guthrie would retire Morrison after Bob hit a one-out single, but Questionable Outfit had opened up a 5-0 lead.

Joey led off the bottom of the third with a triple, but Cookies & Cream couldn’t capitalize, as Bob retired the next two batters to strand the runner, and the score remained 5-0.

Joey rounds second on his way to a triple

Joey rounds second on his way to a triple in the bottom of the third

Reilly singled to lead off the top of the third, but Guthrie was able to pitch his first scoreless inning, retiring the next two batters to strand the runner.

Bob cruised through the bottom of the third, retiring the side in order.

Morrison continued to swing a hot bat in the top of the fourth, leading off the inning with a solo shot, his second of the game. Guthrie would send down the next two hitters, but Questionable had pulled ahead 6-0.

Bob retired Joey for the first out in the bottom of the fourth, but Cookies & Cream would finally get on the board with one out. Vassallo came to the plate and crushed a solo bomb to left, making the score 6-1. Cookies couldn’t rally though, as Bob retired the next batter to end the inning.

Vassallo went deep, but it was too little too late for Cookies & Cream

Vassallo went deep, but it was too little too late for Cookies & Cream

It wouldn’t take long for Questionable to extend the lead back to six runs. With one out in the top of the fifth, Morrison hit another solo homer, his third of the game, making the score 7-1. Guthrie wouldn’t allow any other runs in the inning, but Cookies once again trailed by six.

Guthrie was hit hard in game 4, allowing 8 runs on 11 hits in the complete game loss

Guthrie was hit hard in game 4, allowing 8 runs on 11 hits in the complete game loss

Cookies & Cream got a small rally started in the bottom of the fifth. Dinger led off the inning with a solo homer, cutting the deficit to 7-2. The next batter, Blose, also went deep, and the back-to-back homers made the score 7-3. Bob would retire the next two batters to end the inning, and the Questionable lead had been cut to four runs.

Questionable got one of the two runs back in the top of the sixth, when Tom led off the inning with a solo blast, his second homer of the game. Guthrie retired the next two batters, and Questionable would head into the bottom of the sixth with an 8-3 lead.

Bob earned a complete game victory in game 4, allowing 4 runs on 6 hits

Bob earned a complete game victory in game 4, allowing 4 runs on 6 hits

Down to their final two outs, Cookies & Cream would need a big comeback effort to avoid falling into a 3-1 hole in the Wiffle Series. Bob retired the first batter, Guthrie, but the next hitter, Dinger, launched a solo homer to left, his second of the game, making the score 8-4. But the rally ended there, as Bob got Blose to fly out to center for the second out of the inning, ending the game and giving Questionable Outfit a big game 3 win.

The win put Questionable Outfit ahead 3-1 in the Wiffle Series, only one win away from clinching their first title in franchise history.

W: Bob (3-1)
L: Guthrie (2-1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Bob pitched the complete game win for Questionable Outfit, allowing 4 runs on 6 hits in 6 innings pitched.
– Guthrie took the loss for Cookies & Cream, giving up 8 runs on 11 hits in 6 innings.
– Morrison carried Questionable Outfit on offense, going 4-for-6 with a double, 3 homers, 4 runs scored, and 4 RBI.
– Tom also went 2-for-6 with 2 homers, 2 runs scored, and 3 RBI.
– Dinger led Cookies & Cream at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a single, 2 homers, 2 runs scored, and 2 RBI. He was the only Cookies & Cream player to collect more than one hit.

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