Ham Slams Even Series with Cookies & Cream, Win Game Two 7-5

24 Jul
Playing in only his second career EWL game, Joe pitched a complete game win and went 3-for-5 at the plate with a triple, two home runs, 3 runs scored, and two RBI.

Playing in only his second career EWL game, Joe pitched a complete game win and went 3-for-5 at the plate with a triple, two home runs, 3 runs scored, and two RBI.

After dropping game one, the Ham Slams, led by free agent addition Joe, won game two 7-5 and evened the best-of-five first round series with Cookies & Cream at one game apiece. Joe pitched the complete game win and went 3-for-5 with a triple, two homers, three runs scored, and two RBI. Cookies & Cream suffered a blow as Joey left the game early with one of the most significant wiffle injuries in league history, and they may be without him for the rest of the series.

Dinger took the mound for Cookies & Cream, and he fell behind early when Josh led off the game with a solo homer to right-center, putting the Ham Slams up 1-0. Dinger then got Dan and Joe to fly out to center to end the inning.

Cookies & Cream evened the score immediately when Guthrie led off the bottom of the first with a solo homer, making the score 1-1. Blose followed with a triple, and Cookies were in position to pull ahead, but Joe got Joey to fly out in foul territory and got Dinger to fly out to center, ending the inning and stranding the runner.

The Slams took another lead in the top of the second. Kessler doubled to start the inning, and two batters later Dan hit a two-run blast to center, and the Slams led 3-1. Joe followed with a triple, and he scored when Kessler hit an RBI double. Dinger retired Josh to strand Kessler at second and end the inning, but the Slams had pulled ahead 4-1.

Dan's two-run homer in the second put the Ham Slams ahead 3-1.

Dan’s two-run homer in the second put the Ham Slams ahead 3-1.

Guthrie doubled with one out in the bottom of the second, and he scored when Blose hit an RBI single. Joe then retired Joey to end the inning, and Cookies had cut the deficit to 4-2.

Dan led off the top of the third with a towering fly ball to center. Joey backed up against the fence and jumped to catch the ball and record the out. He came down awkwardly, however, twisting his ankle severely. He was carried off the field by his teammates and went to the hospital to seek medical attention. When play resumed, Joe provided his own run support with a solo homer, putting the Ham Slams ahead 5-2. Kessler followed with a solo shot, and the back-to-back homers made the score 6-2. Josh followed with a double, and Cookies & Cream made a pitching change, bringing Guthrie into the game. He retired the first batter he faced, Dan, for the second out, ending the inning and stranding the runner at second.

Kessler went 3-for-5 with 2 doubles, a home run, 2 runs scored, and 2 RBI.

Kessler went 3-for-5 with 2 doubles, a home run, 2 runs scored, and 2 RBI.

Joe rolled through the bottom of the third, retiring Dinger and Jordan in order, and the score remained 6-2.

Joe continued to help himself at the plate, leading off the top of the fourth with a solo homer. Guthrie retired the next two batters to end the inning, and the Ham Slams led 7-2.

Cookies would narrow the margin in the bottom of the fourth. Guthrie led off with a double, and Blose followed with a two-run homer, cutting the score to 7-4. Dinger followed with a double, and just when it looked like Cookies would rally, Joe retired Jordan and Guthrie to strand the runner and end the inning.

Blose went 4-for-5 with a single, 2 triples, and a homer. Here he connects on a two-run blast in the fourth that cut the Ham Slams lead to 7-4.

Blose went 4-for-5 with a single, 2 triples, and a homer. Here he connects on a two-run blast in the fourth that cut the Ham Slams lead to 7-4.

Guthrie retired the side in order in the top of the fifth, and he had met his innings limit for the week.

Blose tripled to start the bottom of the fifth, and he scored on a Dinger groundout to cut the deficit to 7-5. Joe then retired Jordan to end the inning, and Cookies trailed by two runs.

Dinger returned to the mound in the top of the sixth, and he had more success than earlier in the game, retiring Kessler and Josh consecutively.

Down two runs in the bottom of the sixth with their two best hitters due up, Cookies couldn’t string together a rally to extend the game. Joe retired Guthrie and Blose, ending the inning and giving the Ham Slams a 7-5 win.

With the win, the Ham Slams evened the best-of-five series with Cookies & Cream at 1-1.

W:Joe (1-0)
L: Dinger (0-1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Joe pitched the complete game win for the Ham Slams, allowing 5 runs on 8 hits in 6 innings.
– Dinger took the loss for Cookies & Cream, giving up 6 runs on 8 hits in 4 innings.
– Guthrie pitched two innings of relief for Cookies, and gave up one run on one hit.
– Joe led the Ham Slams on offense, going 3-for-5 with a triple, a homer, 3 runs scored, and 2 RBI.
– Kessler also went 3-for-5 for the Slams with 2 doubles, a homer, 2 runs scored, and 2 RBI.
– Blose led Cookies & Cream at the plate, going 4-for-5 with a single, 2 triples, a homer, 2 runs scored, and 3 RBI.
– Guthrie also went 3-for-5 for Cookies with 2 doubles, a home run, 3 runs scored, and an RBI.

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