Charlie’s Pitching Gem Silences Cookies & Cream in 4-1 Ham Slams Win

15 Jun
Steve's second inning homer put the Hams Slams up 2-1 and would be all the run support Charlie would need

Steve’s second inning homer put the Hams Slams up 2-1 and would be all the run support Charlie would need

Charlie had what may have been the best outing of his EWL career against Cookies & Cream, allowing a single run on 3 hits as the Ham Slams bounced back from a disappointing loss against Questionable Outfit to beat Cookies 4-1.

Charlie had struggled mightily on the mound in 2015 heading into this outing, and it looked like he was going to get into trouble again against Cookies in the top of the first. Joey led off the game with a double, and two batters later, Dinger delivered an RBI single to put Cookies ahead 1-0. Charlie retired the next batter, Dustin, to end the inning. Charlie would retire 10 of the next 11 hitters he faced, allowing only one more hit the entirety of the game.

The Slams evened things up in the bottom of the first, starting when Tim led off the inning with a triple due to a fielding error by Joey in center. The next batter, Adam, grounded out, but Tim scored on the play to tie the game at 1-1. Dinger, Cookies & Cream’s starter, then retired Alan to end the inning with the game tied.

Charlie cruised through the top of the second, and the Slams would take the lead for good in the bottom half of the inning. Steve led off the inning with a solo shot to right-center, and the Ham Slams led 2-1. Tim followed with a double, and he moved to third on an Adam single, putting runners on the corners with no outs. The Slams couldn’t capitalize, as Dinger got Alan and Steve to fly out consecutively, stranding both runners.

Tim and Alan meet Steve at the plate after his solo shot in the bottom of the second

Tim and Alan meet Steve at the plate after his solo shot in the bottom of the second

Down 2-1, Cookies struggled to generate offense, as Charlie retired Dinger and Dustin consecutively.

The Slams extended their lead in the bottom of the third. Adam singled with one out, and Alan followed with a two-run homer, as the Slams took a 4-1 lead. Steve followed with a single, but Dinger stranded him to end the inning. The Ham Slams had taken a three-run lead, and it would be all they needed in this one.

Alan's two-run homer in the bottom of the third put the game away for the Ham Slams

Alan’s two-run homer in the bottom of the third put the game away for the Ham Slams

Charlie continued to dominate in the top of the fourth, retiring the side in order. Dinger matched him in the bottom of the fourth, and the score remained 4-1.

Cookies & Cream failed to register a hit in the top of the fifth, and Charlie had pitched four consecutive perfect frames. Dinger did the same in the bottom half, and Cookies & Cream came into their final at-bat trailing by three runs.

Charlie retired Joey for the first out of the inning, and Blose came to the plate hitless in three at-bats and in danger of snapping his league-record active hitting streak. Cookies hadn’t reached base safely since the first inning, but Blose was able to lace a single off the wall, extending his hitting streak and the game for Cookies. But Charlie cracked down, retiring Dinger to strand the runner and end the game, giving Ham Slams a 4-1 win.

The win moved the Slams to 2-10 on the year, while the loss dropped Cookies & Cream to 6-5.

W: Charlie (1-7)
L: Dinger (2-3)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Charlie pitched the complete game win for the Ham Slams, scattering 3 hits and a single earned run in 6 innings. It was his first win in 8 decisions in 2015.
– Dinger took the loss for Cookies & Cream, giving up 4 runs on 7 hits in 5 innings pitched.
– No member of the Ham Slams had a particularly great game on offense, but Tim, Adam, and Steve each collected two hits.
– Joey, Blose, and Dinger each registered one base hit against Charlie.

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