Nate Does it Again, Walk-Off Homer Lifts Eastbound & Dahn for Second Consecutive Game

8 Aug
Eastbound & Dahn mob Nate at the plate after he hit a game-winning walk-off home run for the second consecutive game in their series against Cookies & Cream

Eastbound & Dahn mob Nate at the plate after he hit a game-winning walk-off home run for the second consecutive game in their series against Cookies & Cream

For the second straight game, Eastbound & Dahn came into the bottom of the sixth trailing; and for the second straight game, Nate hit a walk-off game-winning homer, as Eastbound & Dahn took a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series with Cookies & Cream in an incredible, dramatic game 2 victory. The win put Eastbound & Dahn on the brink of their first playoff series win and one game away from a trip to the 2015 Wiffle Series.

Nate started on the mound for Eastbound & Dahn, and after giving up a leadoff single to Joey in the top of the first, he retired Blose and Dinger to strand the runner and end the inning.

Dinger took the mound for Cookies & Cream, and he fell behind early. Tim led off the game with a double, and Nate provided his own run support, crushing a two-run bomb to left field, putting Eastbound ahead 2-0. Dustin followed with a single, and he moved to second on a Christian single. Helal then hit a ground ball to right field, which Joey scooped up for the first out of the inning. Dustin scored on the play, but Christian was caught trying to score for the second out of the inning.

Down 3-0, Cookies & Cream cut into the deficit in the top of the second. With one out, Joey hit a solo homer to center, and the score was 3-1. Blose followed with a solo homer, and the back-to-back jacks cut the Eastbound lead to 3-2. Dinger then doubled, but Nate retired Guthrie to strand the runner and end the inning with a one-run lead.

Blose's homer in the second pulled Cookies & Cream closer to Eastbound

Blose’s homer in the second pulled Cookies & Cream closer to Eastbound

Dinger allowed a one-out single to Nate in the bottom of the second, but he retired Dustin to pitch a scoreless inning.

Nate allowed a one-out triple to Blose in the top of the third, but Cookies couldn’t tie the game, as Nate retired Dinger to strand the runner, and the score remained 3-2.

Dinger pitched a perfect frame in the bottom of the third, retiring Christian and Helal in order.

Guthrie led off the top of the fourth with a single, but Cookies failed to tie the game again, as Nate retired Joey and Blose to end the inning.

Eastbound would add one more to their lead in the bottom of the fourth, when Hartley led off the inning with a solo homer. Dinger retired Nate and Dustin to end the inning, but Eastbound had pulled ahead 4-2 after four innings.

Cookies drew even with Eastbound in the top of the fifth, scoring two runs to tie the game. Guthrie singled with one out, and Joey followed with a two-run homer, his second blast of the game, tying the game at 4-4. Nate then retired Blose to end the inning.

Joey led Cookies & Cream, going 4-for-6 with 2 home runs and 4 RBI

Joey led Cookies & Cream, going 4-for-6 with 2 home runs and 4 RBI

Dinger cruised through the bottom of the fifth, retiring the side in order, and the game was tied heading into the final frame.

Dinger led off the top of the sixth with a single, and he moved to second on a Guthrie groundout. The go-ahead run was in scoring position, and Joey drove him in with an RBI single, putting Cookies & Cream ahead for the first time in the game 5-4. Nate then retired Blose, and Eastbound would trail by a run heading into their final at-bat.

Nate prepares to deliver a pitch as Dinger looks on from third base

Nate prepares to deliver a pitch as Dinger looks on from third base

Eastbound had rallied from six runs down in the bottom of the sixth inning of game 1, and they would need a run to tie and two runs to win in the bottom of the sixth of game 2. Dinger remained in the game, and the first batter he faced, Hartley, hit a single, putting the tying runner on base. Nate had hit two homers in the bottom of the sixth of game 1, including the game-winning walk-off solo homer than gave Eastbound the 13-12 win. He came to the plate as the winning run, and for the second consecutive game, he did the improbable, crushing a two-run titanic shot to left field, and the walk-off home run gave Eastbound & Dahn a 7-6 win in game 2. Nate had gone a combined 3-for-3 with 3 home runs in the bottom of the sixth innings of games 1 and 2, and Eastbound & Dahn had pulled ahead 2-0 in the best-of-five first round series with Cookies & Cream.

Nate came through again in the bottom of the sixth, putting Eastbound within a game of the Wiffle Series

Nate came through again in the bottom of the sixth, putting Eastbound within a game of the Wiffle Series

W: Nate (1-0)
L: Dinger (0-1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Nate pitched the complete game win for Eastbound & Dahn, allowing 5 runs on 10 hits in 6 innings.
– Dinger took the loss for Cookies & Cream, giving up 6 runs on 8 hits in 5 innings.
– Nate led Eastbound & Dahn at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a single, 2 home runs, 2 runs scored, and 4 RBI.
– Joey led Cookies & Cream on offense, goinf 4-for-6 with 2 singles, 2 home runs, 2 runs scored, and 4 RBI.

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