Questionable Outfit Rally in Fifth Inning to Squeeze Past Eastbound & Dahn 5-3

8 Jul
Miller earned his first career save, closing out the win for Questionable Outfit. He also went 4-for-6 at the plate with a single, a double, and two triples.

Miller earned his first career save, closing out the win for Questionable Outfit. He also went 4-for-6 at the plate with a single, a double, and two triples.

BK and Helal kept the Questionable Outfit offense in check for four innings, but as they typically do, Questionable busted out for a rally, this time in the top of the fifth. They scored four runs on four extra-base hits to take a lead, which turned out to be insurmountable, and held on to win 5-3. As a result, Questionable Outfit and Cookies & Cream would face off in the final game of the 2016 regular season to determine who would win the pennant and capture the #1 seed heading into the playoffs.

Eastbound sent BK to the mound as their starter, and he was effective from the get go. He retired Bob for the first out of the inning, and after Tom singled, he was caught in between first and second by Dustin, and BK had pitched a scoreless inning.

Bob took the mound for Questionable Outfit, and after giving up a leadoff single to Tim, he retired Nate and Dustin to strand the runner, and the game was scoreless after an inning.

BK gave up a one-out single to Bob in the top of the second, but Questionable couldn’t drive him in, as Tom was retired to end the inning.

Bob cruised through the bottom of the second, retiring the side in order, and the score remained 0-0.

Bob pitched three innings of shutout ball, allowing only one hit.

Bob pitched three innings of shutout ball, allowing only one hit.

BK pitched a perfect frame in the top of the third, sending Miller and Bob down consecutively. Bob matched him in the bottom half of the inning, and neither team had scored through three innings.

Questionable would break the scoreless tie in the top of the fourth after Eastbound removed BK from the mound and brought in Helal from the bullpen. Tom singled to lead off, and Miller drove him in with an RBI triple that made the score 1-0. Questionable had a runner on third with no outs, but Helal avoided further damage, retiring the next two batters to strand the runner and end the inning.

Eastbound bounced back to tie the game in the bottom of the fourth. Helal singled with one out, and BK drove him in with an RBI double off the fence, tying the game at 1-1. Tom, who had come in to pitch in at the beginning of the inning, retired Tim to end the inning with the game tied.

Questionable had been quiet at the plate to this point in the game, but they busted out in the top of the fifth. Miller led off with a triple and scored when Bob followed with an RBI triple. Tom then doubled, scoring Bob, and Questionable led 3-1. Miller followed with an RBI double, scoring Tom, and the score was 4-1. Bob hit a sacrifice fly to move Miller from second to third, and Tom hit an RBI double to make the score 5-1. Tom was caught in between second and third on the play for the second out of the inning, but Questionable had taken a four run lead.

Eastbound cut into the deficit immediately in the bottom of the fourth. Dustin singled with one out, and Helal followed with a two-run homer to right-center. Tom then retired BK for the second out, and the score was 5-3 heading into the sixth.

Helal made quick work of Questionable in the top of the sixth, retiring Bob and Tom, and Eastbound would trail by two in the bottom of the sixth.

Helal keeps his toe on the mound while receiving a throw from one of his fielders. He was hit hard on the mound, but had a good day at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a single and a two-run homer.

Helal keeps his toe on the mound while receiving a throw from one of his fielders. He was hit hard on the mound, but had a good day at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a single and a two-run homer.

Miller came in to close things out, and he made it interesting. Nate tripled with one out, putting a runner in scoring position and the tying run at the plate. But Miller buckled down, and he retired Dustin for the second out of the inning. Miller had earned his first career save, and Questionable held on to win 5-3.

The win moved Questionable Outfit to 15-4 on the season, and Eastbound would finish the regular season with a 2-18 record, the worst regular season record in the history of the EWL.

W: Tom (5-0)
L: Helal (0-2)
S: Miller (1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Tom earned the win for Questionable Outfit, giving up 3 runs on 4 hits in 2 innings pitched.
– Bob started the game and got the no decision, pitching 3 shutout innings while only allowing a single hit.
– Miller got the save in one inning of relief, giving up 1 hit and no runs.
– BK started the game for Eastbound & Dahn and got a no decision, giving up no runs and 2 hits in 3 innings.
– Helal took the loss for Eastbound, allowing 5 runs on 8 hits in 3 innings.
– Tom and Miller each had four hits for Questionable Outfit. Tom went 4-for-7 with a single, 3 doubles, 2 runs scored, and 2 RBI. Miller was 4-for-6 with a single, a double, 2 triples, 2 runs scored, and 2 RBI.
– Helal led Eastbound & Dahn at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a single, a homer, 2 runs scored, and 2 RBI.

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