Questionable Outfit Top Ham Slams 4-3 in First Extra Innings Game of 2016

4 Jul
Bob allowed three runs in the first inning before pitching seven scoreless innings, stranding countless Ham Slams runners in the 4-3 extra-innings win for Questionable Outfit

Bob allowed three runs in the first inning before pitching seven scoreless innings, stranding countless Ham Slams runners in the 4-3 extra-innings win for Questionable Outfit

Bob allowed three runs in the bottom of the first and then pitched seven consecutive shutout innings as Questionable Outfit outlasted the Ham Slams 4-3 in the first game of the 2016 season to go to extra innings. Bob’s solo homer in the top of the eighth put Questionable ahead, and despite racking up 14 base hits, the Ham Slams couldn’t plate a runner after the first inning.

Josh took the mound for the Ham Slams, and he escaped the first inning without allowing a run. Miller doubled with one out, but Josh retired Savage Love to strand the runner and end the inning.

The Slams got on the board right away in the bottom of the first to take an early lead. Tim started the game with a double, and he moved to third on a Ron Mexico single. With no outs and runners on the corners, Josh singled, scoring Tim to make the score 1-0. Ron Mexico was caught trying to get from second to third on the play for the first out of the inning. Kessler then singled to put runners on first and second, and Tim followed with a triple, clearing the bases and extending the Ham Slams lead to 3-0. Bob then retired Ron Mexico for the second out of the inning, and Questionable Outfit trailed by three runs.

Josh stranded another Questionable runner in scoring position in the top of the second. Miller tripled with one out, but Josh again retired Savage love, maintaining the shutout and the 3-0 Slams lead.

Josh doubled to start the bottom of the second, but Miller made an incredible outfield assist from deep in right field to catch him in trying to extend the hit into a triple. Kessler followed with a one-out double, but Bob got Tim to groundout to right, stranding the runner and ending the inning.

Questionable would cut into the Slams lead in the top of the third. Bob tripled to start the inning, and he scored on a deep sacrifice fly to center by Miller, making the score 3-1. Josh then retired Savage Love to end the inning.

Ron Mexico led off the bottom of the third with a triple, but the Slams couldn’t plate the runner, as Bob struck out Josh and got Kessler to fly out to the mound, and the score remained 3-1.

Bob helped his own cause in the top of the fourth, leading off the inning with a solo shot to right, and the score was 3-2. Josh avoided further damage, retiring Nate and Savage Love to end the inning.

Ron Mexico doubled with one out in the bottom of the fourth, but Bob continued to strand Ham Slams runners, as he retired Josh to end the inning, and the Slams couldn’t add to their lead.

Josh scattered only four runs in eight innings, but it wasn't enough, as Questionable Outfit came from behind to stun the Ham Slams

Josh scattered only four runs in eight innings, but it wasn’t enough, as Questionable Outfit came from behind to stun the Ham Slams

Questionable continued to chip away at the Ham Slams lead, tying the game in the top of the fifth. Bob doubled, and he scored on a Miller single, tying the game at 3-3. Miller was caught trying to extend the single into a double for the first out of the inning. Savage Love followed with a double, and the lead run was in scoring position, but Josh got Bob to fly out to Tim in center, ending the inning and stranding the runner.

Kessler singled to lead off the bottom of the fifth, and two batters later, Ron Mexico singled to put runners on first and second. But Bob escaped the inning unscathed, retiring Josh to strand both runners, and the score remained tied.

Josh cruised through the top of the sixth, retiring Miller and Savage love in order, and the Slams would come into the bottom of the sixth tied at 3-3.

Kessler led off the bottom of the final frame with a single. The next batter, Tim, singled, but Kessler was caught in between first and second on the play for the first out of the inning. The winning run was on base, but the Slams couldn’t plate him, as Bob retired Ron Mexico to strand the runner and send the game to extra innings.

Josh rolled in the top of the seventh, retiring Bob and Miller in order, giving the Slams a chance to walk off in the bottom half of the inning.

Josh singled to start the bottom of the seventh, but for the second time in the game, Miller made an incredible outfield assist, catching Josh in between first and second for the first out of the inning. Bob then retired Kessler, ending the inning.

Savage Love was retired for the first out in the top of the eighth, and Josh had sent down six consecutive Questionable Outfit hitters. He couldn’t get to seven, however, as Bob crushed a solo homer to right, putting Questionable Outfit ahead for the first time in the game. Miller followed with a double, but Josh limited the damage to a single run, retiring Savage Love to strand the runner and end the inning.

Down a run in the bottom of the eighth, the Ham Slams couldn’t rally. Bob retired Tim and Ron Mexico in order, and Questionable Outfit had pulled off the come back, scoring four unanswered runs to top the Ham Slams 4-3.

The win moved Questionable Outfit to 13-3, and the loss dropped the Ham Slams to 7-9.

W: Bob (2-1)
L: Josh (4-2)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Bob pitched the complete game win for Questionable Outfit, allowing 3 runs on 14 hits in 8 innings pitched, striking out one.
– Josh took the loss for the Ham Slams, giving up 4 runs on 9 hits in 8 innings.
– Bob led Questionable Outfit on offense, going 4-for-8 with a double, a triple, two homers, 4 runs scored, and 2 RBI.
– Ron Mexico led the Ham Slams at the plate, going 4-for-7 with 2 singles, a double, and a triple.

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