Eastbound & Dahn Ride 8-Run Inning to 9-3 Win Over Cookies & Cream

25 May
Helal pitched a 3-hitter and went 2-for-4 at the plate in the Eastbound win

Helal pitched a 3-hitter and went 2-for-4 at the plate in the Eastbound win

After managing only one hit off Guthrie of Cookies & Cream through the first four innings, Eastbound erupted in the top of the fifth for 8 runs, pulling away from Cookies in a 9-3 win.

Guthrie made his first start of 2015 for Cookies, and after retiring the game’s first batter, Nate, he gave up a solo homer to Hartley, putting Eastbound ahead 1-0. It would be the last hit Guthrie allowed until Eastbound’s big fifth inning.

Helal started for Eastbound, looking to repeat on the success he had in week 1 when he pitched a three-hit shutout against Cookies & Cream. He cruised through the top of the first, retiring the side in order.

Guthrie pitched a scoreless frame in the top of the second, and Cookies would even things up in the bottom half. Vassallo hit a one-out blast to left, tying the game at 1-1.

Both pitchers retired the sides in order in the third, and the game remained tied at 1-1 through three innings.

Helal, who was dominantn in the Eastbound win, delivers a pitch to Joey

Helal, who was dominantn in the Eastbound win, delivers a pitch to Joey

Guthrie continued to roll in the top of the fourth, and Cookies & Cream pulled ahead for the first time in the game in the bottom of the fourth. Guthrie provided his own run support, leading off the inning with a solo homer. Cookies led 2-1 after four innings, and then things fell apart.

Helal matched Guthrie’s solo homer to lead off the top of the fifth, tying the game at 2-2. Nate followed with another solo homer, and Hartley made it three in a row when he crushed one to dead center. The back-to-back-to-back homers made the score 4-2. Christian followed with a double, and Helal later drove him in with an RBI single to make the score 5-2. Nate then hit a towering two-run bomb, his second blast of the inning, to put Eastbound ahead 7-2. The barrage continued with a Hartley single, followed by Christian hitting a two-run homer to right. Eastbound came into the inning with only one hit, but collected 9 hits in the top of the fifth, and pulled ahead 9-2.

Christian had two extra-base hits in the win, including a double and a 2-run homer that capped Eastbound's 8-run top of the fifth

Christian had two extra-base hits in the win, including a double and a 2-run homer that capped Eastbound’s 8-run top of the fifth

Cookies couldn’t respond in the bottom of the fifth, and Guthrie bounced back with a perfect frame in the top of the sixth.

Down seven, Cookies couldn’t rally in the bottom of the sixth. Vassallo hit a one-out homer to make the score 9-3, but it was too little too late. Helal closed the door, giving Eastbound & Dahn the 9-3 win.

The win moved Eastbound & Dahn to 3-1 on the year, while Cookies & Cream fell to 1-3.

W: Helal (2-0)

L: Guthrie (0-1)

Box Score

Game Notes:

– Helal pitched the complete game win for Eastbound & Dahn, scattering 3 runs on 3 hits in 6 innings.
– Guthrie took the loss for Cookies & Cream, allowing 9 runs on 10 hits in 6 innings.
– Hartley led Eastbound & Dahn on offense, going 3-for-5 with a single, 2 homers, 3 runs scored, and 2 RBI.
– Nate, Christian, and Helal also homered for Eastbound in the game.
Vassallo led Cookies & Cream at the plate, going 2-for-3 with 2 homers, 2 RBI, and 2 runs scored.

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