Tim Hits for Cycle as Ham Slams Crush Eastbound & Dahn 15-2

6 May
Tim led the Ham Slams to a 15-2 win over Eastbound & Dahn, going 5-for-6 and hitting for the cycle

Tim led the Ham Slams to a 15-2 win over Eastbound & Dahn, going 5-for-6 and hitting for the cycle

The Ham Slams, who each had at least three hits and were led by Tim who hit for the cycle, scored early in often against Eastbound, pulling away early for a 15-2 win.

Andrew made his second consecutive start for the Ham Slams, and he pitched a scoreless frame in the top of the first. BK made his first career start for Eastbound, and he matched Andrew, blanking the Slams in the bottom of the first. The game was scoreless after an inning.

Tim stretches out for a high fly ball in center field

Tim stretches out for a high fly ball in center field

Eastbound would score their first run of the season in the top of the second. With one out, BK doubled, and the next batter, Nate, drove him in with an RBI double to make the score 1-0. Eastbound couldn’t extend the rally, as Andrew retired Christian to end the inning.

Dan and Andrew appear to apply some form of intimidation tactic to Nate of Eastbound, who had just hit an RBI double

Dan and Andrew appear to apply some form of intimidation tactic to Nate of Eastbound, who had just hit an RBI double

Down 1-0, the Slams responded in the bottom of the second. Tim doubled to lead off, and he scored when Bobby followed with an RBI double, tying the game at 1-1. Dan then came to the plate and ripped a two-run bomb to left-center, putting the Slams ahead 3-1. BK regrouped, retiring Josh and Andrew to end the inning.

Andrew had met his innings limit for week 1, so the Slams turned to Tim from the bullpen. He started well, retiring Kyle and BK in order in the top of the third.

The Slams would add to their lead in the bottom of the third. Tim led off the inning with a solo inside-the-park homer, making the score 4-1. Bobby then doubled and moved to second on a Dan groundout. With one out, Josh hit an RBI double, scoring Bobby to make the score 5-1. Andrew would single, scoring Josh from second to push the lead to 6-2. For what may be the first time in league history, Tim capitalized on a host of fielding and throwing errors to get his second inside-the-park homer of the inning, and the Ham Slams led 8-1. BK then retired Bobby to end the inning.

Tim gave up a one-out single to Christian in the top of the fourth, but Eastbound couldn’t rally, as Kyle was retired to end the inning.

Christian went 2-for-4 for Eastbound in a losing effort

Christian went 2-for-4 for Eastbound in a losing effort

The Slams piled on in the bottom of the fourth. Dan singled and moved to second on a Josh single, putting runners on first and second. Andrew then hit an RBI single, scoring Dan to make the score 9-1. Tim followed with an RBI single to score Josh, and Bobby hit an RBI double to score Tim. The next two batters were retired to strand Bobby, but the Slams had scored three more runs to give them an 11-1 lead.

Tim continued to roll in the top of the fifth, retiring the side in order.

Kyle lunges for a spectacular run-saving grab in center field

Kyle lunges for a spectacular run-saving grab in center field

The Ham Slams would put the game away officially in the bottom of the fifth. Andrew doubled to start the inning, and Tim followed with an RBI triple, completing the cycle and making the score 12-1. Bobby singled to put runners on first and third, and Dan followed with a three-run homer, and the Slams led 15-1. Josh singled, and it looked as if the inning would continue, but BK fanned Andrew and retired Tim for the first time in the game to end the inning.

Bobby squares up one of his four hits in the Ham Slams win

Bobby squares up one of his four hits in the Ham Slams win

Down 14 runs, Eastbound had a big deficit to overcome in the top of the sixth. Christian led off the inning with a single and moved to second on a Kyle groundout. BK then hit a one-out single, scoring Christian to cut the score to 15-2. Tim wouldn’t allow a spectacular rally, however, retiring Nate for the second out of the inning, giving the Ham Slams a 15-2 win.

The win moved the Ham Slams to 1-1 on the season, and the loss dropped Eastbound & Dahn to 0-2.

W: Andrew (1-1)
L: BK (0-1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Andrew earned the win for the Ham Slams. He pitched just 2 innings, allowing one run on 2 hits.
– Tim pitched 4 solid innings of relief for the Slams, allowing a single run on 3 hits.
– BK took the loss for Eastbound, giving up 15 runs on 18 hits and striking out one batter in 5 innings pitched.
– Tim led the Ham Slams at the plate, hitting for the cycle while going 5-for-6 with a single, a double, a triple, 2 home runs, 4 runs scored and 5 RBI.
– Josh, Andrew, and Dan each had three hits for the Ham Slams, and Bobby contributed four hits.
– BK led Eastbound & Dahn at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a single, a double, a run scored, and an RBI.

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