Bob and Mike Each Hit for Cycle as Questionable Outfit take Commanding Series Lead with 13-9 Win in Game 2

28 Jul
Bob went 6-for-7 with a single, 2 doubles, 2 triples, and a homer, hitting for the cycle and earning the win on the mound for Questionable Outfit

Bob went 6-for-7 with a single, 2 doubles, 2 triples, and a homer, hitting for the cycle and earning the win on the mound for Questionable Outfit

Questionable Outfit put Eastbound & Dahn on the brink of elimination and took a 2-0 lead in their best-of-five first round series with a 13-9 win in game 2. Bob and Mike each hit for the cycle, becoming the first teammates to hit for the cycle in the same game in EWL playoff history. Bob had six hits and scored five runs, and Mike had five hits, as Questionable held off a late Eastbound & Dahn rally to win and put themselves one win away from a fourth consecutive Wiffle Series berth.

Bob started on the mound for Questionable Outfit, and he cruised in the top of the first, retiring Nate and Christian in order.

Questionable Outfit would immediately provide Bob with run support, taking a significant lead in the bottom of the first. Bob singled to lead off the inning, and he moved from first to third on a Tom single. Mike then doubled, scoring Bob, and the score was 1-0. Miller came to the plate with runners on second and third, and he cleared the bases with a three-run bomb, putting Questionable Outfit ahead 4-0. Bob followed with a double, and after five consecutive hits to start the game, it looked like Questionable Outfit would have a huge inning. Christian buckled down, however, and avoided further damage, retiring Tom and Mike to strand the runner at second and end the inning.

Eastbound & Dahn showed resolve in the top of the second, bouncing back and cutting into the Questionable Outfit lead. Dustin singled, and he moved to second when BK followed with a single. Two batters later, Christian cleared the bases and rounded them all himself when Questionable Outfit unleashed a series of fielding errors that resulted in a three-run inside-the-park homer. Bob then retired Dustin to end the inning, but Eastbound had cut the lead to 4-3.

Christian's three-run inside-the-park homer pulled Eastbound & Dahn within a run in the top of the second

Christian’s three-run inside-the-park homer pulled Eastbound & Dahn within a run in the top of the second

Christian pitched a perfect frame in the bottom of the second, sending Miller and Bob down in order. Bob matched him in the top of the third, as BK and Nate were retired consecutively.

Questionable would add to their lead in the bottom of the third. Tom led off the inning with a solo shot, and Mike made it back-to-back homers with a solo homer of his own. Two batters later Bob tripled, and Tom drove him in with an RBI single that made the score 7-3. Mike followed with a single, and Questionable had runners on first and third, but Christian retired Miller to strand both runners and end the inning.

Tom went 6-for-7 with a record-tying four singles, a double, a homer, and four runs scored

Tom went 6-for-7 with a record-tying four singles, a double, a homer, and four runs scored

Eastbound continued to hang in, narrowing the deficit in the top of the fourth. Christian doubled to start the inning, and he scored when Dustin followed with an RBI triple. BK then singled, scoring Dustin, and Eastbound trailed 7-5. Nate followed with a single, but BK was caught in between first and second for the first out of the inning. Bob then retired Christian to end the inning, and Questionable led by two.

Mike, who hit for the cycle in the Questionable Outfit win, comes up firing in left field

Mike, who hit for the cycle in the Questionable Outfit win, comes up firing in left field

Bob led off the bottom of the fourth with a solo homer, completing the cycle in only five at-bats. Tom followed with a single, but Christian retired Mike and Miller to strand him, and Questionable Outfit led 8-5 after four innings.

Bob retired the side in order in the top of the fifth, and Questionable would extend their lead by a considerable margin in the bottom of the inning.

Bob tripled for the second time in the game to lead off the inning, and he scored when Tom drove him in with an RBI single that made the score 9-5. Mike then tripled, completing the cycle, and Tom scored on the play to put Questionable ahead 10-5. Two batters later, Bob doubled to score Mike, and the score was 11-5. Tom then doubled to score Bob, and Mike followed with an RBI single to score Tom. Christian finally retired Miller to end the inning, but Questionable had scored five runs to pull ahead 13-5.

Nate's two-run homer cut the Questionable Outfit lead to 13-9, but it was the end of a dramatic late-game rally for Eastbound

Nate’s two-run homer cut the Questionable Outfit lead to 13-9, but it was the end of a dramatic late-game rally for Eastbound

Down eight heading into their final at-bat, Eastbound & Dahn made things interesting in the top of the sixth. Nate led off the inning with a triple, and Christian hit a deep sacrifice fly to center, scoring Nate to make the score 13-6. Dustin then singled, and he scored from first when BK hit an RBI single, and the score was 13-7. Nate then hit a towering two-run homer to left-center, and Eastbound had cut the Questionable lead to 13-9. Questionable Outfit removed Bob from the mound and brought in Tom from the bullpen. He immediately put an end to the Eastbound rally, striking out Christian for the second out of the inning, ending the game and giving Questionable Outfit the 13-9 win.

Questionable Outfit pulled ahead 2-0 in the best-of-five first round series with Eastbound & Dahn. A win in game 3 would put them in the Wiffle Series for the fourth consecutive season. No team has come back from an 0-2 deficit to win a first round series.

W: Bob (1-0)
L: Christian (0-1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Bob earned the win for Questionable Outfit, allowing 9 runs on 10 hits in 5.5 innings pitched.
– Tom pitched 0.5 innings of relief, and struck out the only batter he faced.
– Christian took the loss for Eastbound in the complete game effort, giving up 13 runs on 18 hits in 5 innings.
– Bob went 6-for-7 and hit for the cycle with a single, 2 doubles, 2 triples, a home run, 5 runs scored, and 3 RBI.
– Mike also hit for the cycle, going 5-for-6 with 2 singles, a double, a triple, a homer, a sacrifice fly, 3 runs scored, and 4 RBI.
– All four Eastbound & Dahn players had at least two hits. They were led by Dustin, who went 3-for-5 with 2 singles, a triple, 3 runs scored, and an RBI.

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