Reilly Blanks Ham Slams to Complete Sweep, Questionable Outfit Advance to Wiffle Series

9 Aug
Reilly allowed only 3 singles over 6 innings pitched, shutting out the Ham Slams to complete the sweep in their best-of-five first round series

Reilly allowed only 3 singles over 6 innings pitched, shutting out the Ham Slams to complete the sweep in their best-of-five first round series

Reilly was in complete command against the Ham Slams in game 3, scattering only three hits as Questionable Outfit completed a three-game sweep of the Slams and advanced to the Wiffle Series for the third consecutive season. Tim kept the Questionable Outfit offense reasonably quiet, holding them to only 6 runs on 6 hits, but after letting game 2 slip away, the Ham Slams couldn’t extend the series with a win in game 3. Their season comes to an end after a strong finish to the regular season, and they will look to come back strong in 2016. Questionable Outfit continued their journey as they strive to become the first team in EWL history to repeat as champions.

After a strong performance on the mound in game 2, the Ham Slams returned to Tim on the mound for game 3. He got into trouble early, as Questionable Outfit pulled ahead in the top of the first. Bob led off the game with a double, and Tom followed with a double, scoring Bob to make the score 1-0. Two batters later, Mike hit a one-out two-run bomb to left-center, and Questionable led 3-0. Tim then retired Bob to end the inning, but the Slams were in a hole early.

It would be a rematch of game 2 among the team’s starting pitchers, as Questionable elected to start their ace Reilly on the mound. He struck out the first batter he faced, Tim, who tried unsuccessfully to bunt with two strikes. He then retired Steve to end the inning.

Questionable extended their lead in the top of the second when Tom led off the inning with a solo shot. Tim retired the next two batters, but Questionable had pulled ahead 4-0.

Reilly cruised through the bottom of the second, retiring the side in order.

Reilly makes a catch as Steve from the Ham Slams looks on

Reilly makes a catch as Steve from the Ham Slams looks on

Bob started the top of the third with a double, and two batters later, Reilly provided his own run support with a two-run blast to left. Tim retired Mike to end the inning, and Questionable led 6-0 through three innings.

Tim led off the bottom of the third with a single and moved to second on a Steve groundout, but Reilly retired Alan for the second out of the inning, stranding the runner at second.

Bob had 2 doubles and 2 runs scored for Questionable in game 3

Bob had 2 doubles and 2 runs scored for Questionable in game 3

Using a sinking pitch with spin, Tim got into a groove starting in the top of the fourth, and he retired the side in order. He wouldn’t allow another baserunner in the game.

Adam started the top of the fifth with a single and moved to second when Tim grounded out for the first out of the inning. Steve then singled to put runners on the corners with one out, but Reilly buckled down and retired Alan to strand both runners and end the inning.

Tim cruised through the top of the fifth, retiring Reilly and Mike in order. Reilly matched him in the bottom of the fifth, sending Adam and Tim down consecutively.

Tim retired Bob and Tom in order in the top of the sixth, and he had retired the last seven Questionable Outfit batters that he faced. The Slams would head into the bottom of the sixth down six runs with the season on the line.

Reilly continued to mow through the Ham Slams in the bottom of the sixth, retiring Steve and Alan in order, both flying out to Mike. Reilly had completed the 3-hit shutout of the Slams, clinching the first round series and sending Questionable Outfit to their third straight Wiffle Series appearance. They will await the conclusion of the Eastbound & Dahn and Cookies & Cream first round series.

After finishing the regular season with the league’s best record, Questionable Outfit will have home field advantage in the Wiffle Series.

W: Reilly (2-0)
L: Tim (0-2)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Reilly pitched the complete game shutout and earned the win for Questionable Outfit. He allowed 0 runs and 3 hits while striking out one in 6 innings.
– Tim took the loss for the Ham Slams, allowing 6 hits on 6 runs in 6 innings.
– Tom led Questionable Outfit on offense, going 2-for-5 with a double, a home run, 2 runs scored, and 2 RBI.
– Mike recorded 7 putouts in the game including multiple spectacular catches in right field.
– Tim, Steve, and Adam each singled for the Slams.

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