Cookies & Cream Collapse in Epic Meltdown, Questionable Outfit Win Pennant 7-6 in Last At-Bat

15 Jul
Bob hit for the cycle and went 5-for-7 with a single, a 2 doubles, a triple, a homer, 3 runs scored, and 3 RBI. He scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth when Questionable Outfit stole the pennant from Cookies & Cream.

Bob hit for the cycle and went 5-for-7 with a single, a 2 doubles, a triple, a homer, 3 runs scored, and 3 RBI. He scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth when Questionable Outfit stole the pennant from Cookies & Cream.

Cookies & Cream had dominated Questionable Outfit, led 6-1, and were two outs away from clinching the 2016 EWL regular season pennant when they began to choke in historic fashion. Questionable Outfit put together six consecutive hits, largely fueled by Cookies & Cream fielding errors, and scored six consecutive runs to walk-off with a 7-6 victory, the pennant, and the #1 overall seed for the fourth consecutive season.

Coming into the game, Cookies & Cream had been chasing Questionable Outfit the entire second half of the season. Cookies had won seven consecutive games, including two straight against Questionable that had evened the season series at 3-3 heading into their final showdown. After finishing the first half 6-4, Cookies were 8-1 in the second half. Questionable Outfit had gone 8-2 in the first half of the season and 7-2 in the second half, but had struggled against Cookies & Cream, and the seventh matchup between the two teams would break the tie for their season series, their place in the standings, and would decide the pennant.

Questionable Outfit would employ a unique strategy against Cookies, rotating pitchers depending on who was at-bat. Miller got the start for Questionable, but Bob would rotate in to face certain batters throughout the game. Miller retired the first batter he faced, Guthrie, and after Blose followed with a double, he was caught in between second and third for an out, ending the inning.

Joey, who had recent success against Questionable Outfit on the mound, was named the starter for Cookies & Cream. He retired Bob and Tom in order in the bottom of the first, and the game was scoreless through an inning.

Cookies would get on the board in the top of the second. Joey led off with a double, and he scored when Dinger followed with an RBI double that made the score 1-0. Jordan then singled, scoring Dinger from second to put Cookies ahead 2-0. Miller then struck out Guthrie and retired Blose to strand Dinger and end the inning.

Joey went 3-for-4 with 3 doubles to lead Cookies & Cream, and was in control on the mound until the sixth inning

Joey went 3-for-4 with 3 doubles to lead Cookies & Cream, and was in control on the mound until the sixth inning

Questionable cut into the deficit in the bottom of the second when Bob hit a one-out solo homer off Joey, making the score 2-1. Joey then retired Tom to end the inning.

Bob retired the side in order in top of the third, getting Joey and Dinger to each fly out. Bob tripled with one out in the bottom of the third, but Questionable couldn’t tie the game, as Tom was retired to strand the runner and end the inning.

Bob approaches a ground ball in left field.

Bob approaches a ground ball in left field.

Cookies extended their lead in the top of the fourth. Guthrie singled with one out and moved from first to third when Blose followed with a single. Joey then hit an RBI double, scoring Guthrie to make the score 3-1. Cookies had two runners on scoring position and had an opportunity to take a big lead, but Bob got Dinger to fly out to right, stranding both runners and ending the inning.

Bob doubled with one out in the bottom of the fourth, but once again Cookies stranded the runner, retiring Tom to end the inning with the score 3-1.

Cookies provided Joey with a few more insurance runs in the top of the fifth. Guthrie singled with one out, and Blose followed with a two-run bomb to left-center, putting Cookies ahead 5-1. Joey followed with a double, but Bob avoided further damage, getting Dinger to fly out to the mound to end the inning.

Blose connects on a two-run homer that put Cookies & Cream ahead 5-1 in the fifth inning

Blose connects on a two-run homer that put Cookies & Cream ahead 5-1 in the fifth inning

Miller singled to start the bottom of the fifth, but Questionable couldn’t plate the run, as Joey retired Bob and Tom to end the inning, and Cookies had a four run lead.

Jordan provided Joey with the final run of support in the top of the sixth, leading off the inning with a solo blast to left off Miller. Miller then retired Guthrie and Blose to end the inning, and Cookies and Cream led by five runs and were two outs away from securing the 2016 pennant with their eighth straight win.

Miller started the bottom of the sixth with a single, and he moved to third when Bob followed with a double. Tom then singled, but no runs scored, and the bases were loaded with no outs. Miller singled on a fielding error, scoring one run, and Questionable trailed 6-2. Bob then followed with a single, completing the cycle. Two runs scored on the plat, and Questionable had cut the score to 6-4 and had two runners on with no outs. Tom followed with a double, scoring one, and the first six Questionable Outfit hitters had reached base safely in the bottom of the sixth. The score was 6-5, Questionable had the tying and go-ahead run on base, both in scoring position, and Miller was at the plate. Miller hit a ground ball to deep left, which Blose fielded for the first out. Bob easily scored from third on the play to tie the game at 6-6. Blose gunned the ball into the mound to try to get Tom out, but the throw was errant, and Tom raced around third to score the game-winning run. Questionable Outfit had completed an improbable comeback, Cookies & Cream had collapsed unlike any team had in EWL history, and Questionable Outfit had won the game 7-6.

Questionable Outfit moved to 16-4 on the year, and claimed the 2016 EWL regular season pennant. They will host the #4 seed Eastbound & Dahn in the first round of the EWL playoffs.

Cookies & Cream finished the regular season 15-5, earned the #2 seed, and will host the #3 seed Ham Slams in the first round of the playoffs.

W: Miller (7-2)
L: Joey (4-1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Miller earned the win for Questionable Outfit, giving up 4 runs on 7 hits and striking out one in 3.5 innings.
– Bob pitched 2.5 innings of relief, allowing 2 runs on 4 hits.
– Joey pitched the complete game loss for Cookies & Cream, surrendering 7 runs on 10 hits in 6 innings.
– Bob led Questionable Outfit on offense, hitting for the cycle while going 5-for-7 with a single, 2 doubles, a triple, a home run, 3 runs scored, and 3 RBI.
– Joey led Cookies & Cream at the plate, going 3-for-4 with 3 doubles, a run scored, and an RBI.

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