Morrison’s Three Homer Performance Lifts Eastbound & Dahn to 8-5 Win Over Cookies & Cream

12 Jul

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Morrison continued his torrid streak at the plate, hitting three home runs as Eastbound & Dahn pulled away from Cookies & Cream to win 8-5 and hand Cookies their sixth consecutive loss.

With two innings of eligibility left, Christian started for Eastbound & Dahn, and he got into an early hole. Joey, the game’s first batter, led off with a solo homer, putting Cookies & Cream ahead 1-0 immediately. Blose followed with a double, and he scored on a Dustin ground out to make the score 2-0. Christian then retired Vassallo to end the inning, and Cookies led by two.

Eastbound would cut the Cookies lead in half in the bottom of the first. Guthrie, the Cookies starter, retired Tim for the first out of the inning, but Morrison followed with a solo homer, and the score was 2-1.

Christian allowed a one-out single to Guthrie in the top of the second, but stranded him, maintaining the one-run deficit.

Eastbound & Dahn pulled even in the bottom of the second when Steve led off with a triple and scored on a Tim ground out to tie the game at 2-2. Guthrie then intentionally walked Morrison and retired Christian to end the inning.

Cookies reclaimed the lead in the top of the third, scoring three runs off Steve, who came in to relief Christian. Steve retired the first batter he faced, but after a Blose single, Dustin hit a two-run homer putting Cookies back on top 4-2. Vassallo followed with a homer, and the back-to-back bombs gave Cookies & Cream a 5-2 lead.

Eastbound bounced back yet again in the bottom of the third. Steve led off the inning with a solo homer, cutting the Cookies lead to 5-3. Tim then doubled, and Morrison followed with a two-run bomb, tying the game at 5-5. Guthrie retired the next two batters to end the inning, but he had surrendered a three-run lead.

Les hit a one-out double in the top of the fourth, but Steve stranded him, and the game remained tied.

Eastbound would pull ahead in the bottom of the fourth. Guthrie had reached his pitch limit, so Cookies turned to Joey. He retired the first batter he faced, but the next batter, Morrison, hit a solo homer to put Eastbound ahead 6-5. Christian followed with a solo shot to right, and the back-to-back homers gave Eastbound & Dahn a 7-5 lead.

Steve retired the side in order in the top of the fifth, and Eastbound would provide one more insurance run in the bottom half of the inning. Tim led off with a solo homer, putting Eastbound ahead 8-5. Joey then struck out Morrison and retired Christian to end the inning, and Cookies would trail by three runs heading into the top of the sixth.

Steve remained on the mound for Eastbound, and he gave up a single to Vassallo to start the inning. But Cookies & Cream couldn’t rally, as Steve retired Dinger and Guthrie to end the inning and the game, as Eastbound held on to win 8-5.

The win moved Eastbound & Dahn to 10-8 on the season, and Cookies suffered their sixth straight loss, dropping their record to 7-11.

W: Steve (1-0)
L: Joey (4-4)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Steve picked up the win in relief for Eastbound & Dahn. He allowed 3 runs on 5 hits in 4 innings. Christian took the no decision, allowing 2 runs on 3 hits in 2 innings pitched.
– Joey earned the loss for Cookies & Cream, giving up 3 runs on 3 hits while striking out one in 2 innings of relief. Guthrie got a no decision, allowing 5 runs on 5 hits in 3 innings.
– Morrison led Eastbound & Dahn on offense, going 3-for-4 with 3 homers, 3 runs scored 4 RBI, and an intentional walk.
– Joey, Dustin, and Vassallo each homered for Cookies & Cream.

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