Bob’s Four Homers Put Questionable Outfit in First Place with 13-7 Win Over Eastbound

14 Jun
Bob had a double, four home runs, and 5 RBI to lead Questionable Outfit to the top of the EWL standings at the season's halfway point

Bob had a double, four home runs, and 5 RBI to lead Questionable Outfit to the top of the EWL standings at the season’s halfway point

Questionable Outfit hit 10 homers, with Bob contributing 4 of them, in an easy 13-7 victory over Eastbound & Dahn. The win put Questionable Outfit in a familiar place, first place, after falling behind Eastbound in previous weeks. The loss dropped Eastbound into a potential tie for second and the season’s midway point.

After a solid performance against the Ham Slams earlier in week 5, Mike started on the mound for Questionable. The game’s first batter, Nate, crushed a leadoff homer to left-center, putting Eastbound ahead 1-0. Mike stopped the bleeding there, retiring the next two batters.

Helal started for Eastbound, hoping to continue his hot start to the 2015 season. Bob led off the bottom of the first with a double and scored on a Tom groundout to deep left to tie the game at 1-1. Helal then retired Reilly to end the inning.

Eastbound reclaimed the lead in the top of the second, starting when Helal provided his own run support with a solo homer to make the score 2-1. Two batters later, Tim hit a solo shot, and Eastbound led 3-1.

Down 3-1, Bob hit a one-out solo homer in the bottom of the second, cutting the score to 3-2. Tom followed with a triple, but Helal maintained the lead, retiring Reilly to strand the runner.

Out of eligibility, Mike was removed from the mound and replaced with staff ace Reilly. The first batter he faced, Nate, doubled off the fence, and Tim followed with a two-run blast to left-center, putting Eastbound ahead 5-2. Christian followed with a single, but Reilly stranded him, striking out Helal and retiring Nate to end the inning.

Down three runs, Questionable got out their bats in the bottom of the third and took their first lead of the game. Mike started the inning with a solo homer that cut the score to 5-3. Bob followed with a solo shot, his second of the game, and the lead was cut to 5-4. Tom then doubled and scored when Reilly hit a two-run homer, putting Questionable ahead 6-5. Mike would then hit his second homer of the inning, and Questionable had scored five fast runs to take a 7-5 lead through three innings.

Tom connects on one of his two homers. He also had a double and a triple in the Questionable Outfit win.

Tom connects on one of his two homers. He also had a double and a triple in the Questionable Outfit win.

After scoring in each of the first three innings, the Eastbound bats went silent in the fourth, as Reilly retired the side in order. Questionable got back to work in the bottom of the fourth, and put the game out of hand with a six-run inning. Helal retired Reilly for the first out of the inning, and then the wheels fell off. Mike doubled, and Bob crushed his third homer of the game, a two-run shot that made the score 9-5. Tom and Reilly each followed with solo homers, and the three consecutive blasts gave Questionable Outfit an 11-5 lead. Mike then doubled, and Bob blasted his second homer of the inning and fourth of the game, extending the lead to 13-5. Tom followed with a solo shot, Questionable Outfit’s fifth home run of the inning, and the lead was ten runs at 15-5. Helal was finally removed from the game and replaced on the mound by Christian. Christian gave up a single to Reilly before retiring Mike to end the onslaught.

Down ten, Eastbound would put a small dent in the Questionable lead in the top of the fifth. Helal singled with one out, and Nate followed with a two-run bomb, his second homer in the game, and the score was 13-7. The inning ended there, however, and Questionable led by six.

Nate had a double, two homers, and 3 RBI in a losing effort for Eastbound & Dahn

Nate had a double, two homers, and 3 RBI in a losing effort for Eastbound & Dahn

Christian retired the side in order in the bottom of the fifth, which was Questionable’s first inning without scoring.

Down six heading into the top of the sixth, Eastbound would need a miracle. Reilly, however, shut the door, retiring Christian and Helal consecutively to end the game.

The win moved Questionable Outfit to 7-3, into sole possession of first place at the break, and leading the pace toward what would be their third consecutive EWL pennant. The loss dropped Eastbound & Dahn out of first place and into a 6-3 record.

W: Reilly (4-1)
L: Helal (4-1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Reilly picked up the win in relief for Questionable Outfit, giving up 4 runs on 5 hits while striking out one in 4 innings. Mike took the no-decision after starting the first 2 innings, allowing 3 runs on 3 hits.
– Helal took the loss for Eastbound, allowing 13 runs on 15 hits in 3.5 innings. Christian pitched 1.5 innings of relief, allowing 1 hit and no earned runs.
– Bob led Questionable Outfit on offense, going 5-for-7 with a double, 4 home runs, 5 runs scored, and 5 RBI.
– Reilly, Tom, and Mike also each hit two home runs in the game.
– Nate led Eastbound & Dahn at the plate, going 3-for-5 with a double, 2 home runs, 3 runs scored, and 3 RBI. Tim also hit 2 homers for Eastbound.

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