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Guthrie Hits Grand Slam, Blose Hits Cycle, Cookies & Cream Take Series Opener 14-2

23 Jul
Guthrie launched the third grand slam in EWL playoff history, drove in six runs, and pitched the complete game win to lead Cookies & Cream to the game 1 win over the Ham Slams

Guthrie launched the third grand slam in EWL playoff history, drove in six runs, and pitched the complete game win to lead Cookies & Cream to the game 1 win over the Ham Slams

Cookies & Cream unloaded on the Ham Slams in the first game of the 2016 EWL playoffs, winning the opening game of their first round series 14-2 behind a grand slam and six RBI from Guthrie, five hits and the cycle from Blose, and four hits each from Joey and Dinger. Guthrie pitched a complete game, allowing only two runs while scattering six hits, and Cookies & Cream took a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five first round series with the Slams.

Guthrie, a playoff veteran and two-time Wiffle Series MVP, took the mound for Cookies & Cream and cruised through the top of the first, retiring the side in order.

In a surprise move, the Ham Slams did not start their ace, Josh, and put Kessler on the mound. He retired Guthrie for the first out in the bottom of the first, but Blose followed with a massive solo homer to left-center, and Cookies & Cream had an early 1-0 lead. Kessler then retired Joey to end the inning, and the Slams trailed by one.

Blose celebrates at the plate after his solo homer in the top of the first. He became the third player in playoff history to hit for the cycle.

Blose celebrates at the plate after his solo homer in the top of the first. He became the third player in playoff history to hit for the cycle.

Guthrie continued to roll in the top of the second, retiring Joe, making his EWL debut, and Kessler.

Dinger led off the bottom of the second with a single, but Kessler avoided trouble, retiring Jordan and Guthrie to strand the runner and end the inning.

In the top of the third, Guthrie retired Josh and Dan. Guthrie was perfect through three and had retired the first six batters of the game.

Guthrie delivers a pitch to Josh. Josh had two singles in the loss, and Guthrie pitched the complete game win for Cookies & Cream.

Guthrie delivers a pitch to Josh. Josh had two singles in the loss, and Guthrie pitched the complete game win for Cookies & Cream.

Cookies & Cream opened up a big lead in the bottom of the third, providing Guthrie with all of the run support that he would need. Blose led off with a double, and he scored when Joey followed with an RBI single to make the score 2-0. Dinger and Jordan both singled, and Cookies & Cream had the bases loaded with no outs. Guthrie came to the plate, and he launched a high fly ball to left. It cleared the fence, and Guthrie had hit the third grand slam in postseason history and the first since 2013. Blose and Joey each followed with singles, and the first seven Cookies & Cream hitters had reached base safely in the bottom of the third. It looked as if they would blow the game open, but Kessler regrouped and retired Dinger and Jordan to strand both runners, ending the inning.

The Ham Slams trailed 6-0, but would get on the board in the top of the fourth. Joe tripled to right field to start the inning, and Kessler provided his own run support, hitting an RBI double that cut the score to 6-1. Two batters later, Dan hit an RBI single that scored Kessler, and the score was 6-2. Joe followed with a double, and Kessler came to the plate with runners on second and third and a chance to put a big dent in the Cookies lead. Guthrie buckled down, however, and got Kessler to ground out to left for the second out of the inning, stranding both runners.

Joey went 4-for-6 with 2 singles, 2 doubles, 3 runs scored, and 4 RBI in the Cookies & Cream win

Joey went 4-for-6 with 2 singles, 2 doubles, 3 runs scored, and 4 RBI in the Cookies & Cream win

Up four, Cookies & Cream had a monster inning in the bottom of the fourth, fueled by a host of fielding errors by the Ham Slams. Guthrie singled to start the inning, and he moved to second when Blose followed with a single. Joey hit an RBI double, scoring both runners, and Cookies led 8-2. Dinger then singled, scoring Joey from second, and the score was 9-2. Two batters later, Guthrie hit an RBI single to score Dinger, pushing the score to 10-2. Blose followed with a triple, completing the cycle and scoring Guthrie to make the score 11-2. Blose became only the third player in EWL playoff history to hit for the cycle, and the first since 2012. The onslaught continued as Joey followed with a double, scoring Blose, and the score was 12-2. Dinger then hit his second RBI single of the inning, scoring Joey, and Cookies & Cream led 13-2. Kessler finally retired Jordan to end the inning, but Cookies & Cream had taken an eleven run lead.

Josh singled to start the top of the fifth, but the Ham Slams couldn’t rally, as Guthrie retired Dan and Joe to end the inning.

Kessler delivers a pitch to Dinger with Blose on second. Dinger had four singles and two RBI in the game.

Kessler delivers a pitch to Dinger with Blose on second. Dinger had four singles and two RBI in the game.

Guthrie would provide one additional run to support himself in the bottom of the fifth when he led off the inning with a solo homer, his second blast of the game. Kessler would retire Blose and Joey to end the inning, and Cookies & Cream led 14-2 heading into the final frame.

Josh would single with one out in the top of the sixth, but the Ham Slams couldn’t string together hits, as Guthrie retired Dan to end the inning and the game.

Cookies & Cream had taken game one of the series 14-2 and led the best-of-five first round series 1-0.

W: Guthrie (1-0)
L: Kessler (0-1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Guthrie pitched the complete game win for Cookies & Cream, allowing 2 earned runs on 6 hits in 6 innings.
– Kessler took the loss for the Slams, giving up 14 runs on 18 hits in 5 innings.
– Guthrie went 4-for-6 with 2 singles, 2 home runs, 4 runs scored, and 6 RBI. His grand slam was the third in EWL playoff history and the first since 2013.
– Blose hit for the cycle, going 5-for-6 with 2 singles, a double, a triple, a home run, 4 runs scored, and 2 RBI. He became the third player in EWL playoff history to hit for the cycle, and the first since 2012.
– Joey and Dinger also each went 4-for-6 for Cookies & Cream. Joey had 2 singles, 2 doubles, 3 runs scored, and 4 RBI. Dinger had 4 singles, 2 runs scored, and 2 RBI.
– Joe led the Ham Slams on offense in his EWL debut. He went 2-for-4 with a double, a triple, and a run scored.

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.

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.

Tim and Helal Return, Eastbound & Dahn Beat Ham Slams 6-4 for Second Win of Season

7 Jul
Tim made his 2016 debut after returning from injury and led Eastbound & Dahn to a 6-4 win over the Ham Slams

Tim made his 2016 debut after returning from injury and led Eastbound & Dahn to a 6-4 win over the Ham Slams

One of Eastbound & Dahn’s all-time greatest players, Tim, made his first appearance of the 2016 season after recovering from multiple injuries, and their former team captain, Helal, also made a return to the diamond, playing in his first game since week four. The result; Eastbound picked up their second win of the year, beating the Ham Slams 6-4 as all five Eastbound players had at least one hit.

Kessler made his first appearance on the mound this season and was penciled in as the starting pitcher for the Ham Slams. He retired the side in order in the top of the first, sending Tim and Nate down consecutively.

Helal took the mound for Eastbound & Dahn, and he fell behind early. Dave led off the game with a double, and he scored when Dan hit an RBI triple that put the Slams ahead 1-0. Josh then singled, but Dan didn’t score on the play, putting runners on the corners. The Ham Slams were threatening, but Helal escaped the jam, retiring Kessler and Dave to strand both runners and minimize the damage to a single run.

Kessler continued to roll in the top of the second, sending Dustin and Kyle down, and the score remained 1-0.

Dan tripled for the second consecutive at-bat to lead off the bottom of the second, but once again he was stranded at third, as Helal retired Josh and Kessler to end the inning.

Dan went 3-for-6 with three extra-base hits including 2 triples and a homer, but the Ham Slams fell short against Eastbound & Dahn

Dan went 3-for-6 with three extra-base hits including 2 triples and a homer, but the Ham Slams fell short against Eastbound & Dahn

Eastbound would get on the board in the top of the third. BK singled to lead off, and two batters later, Nate crushed a two-run homer to left, putting Eastbound ahead 2-1. Dustin followed with a single, but Kessler avoided further trouble, retiring Helal to end the inning.

The Slams bounced right back in the bottom of the third, reclaiming the lead. Dave tripled to get things started, and Dan followed with a two-run shot, giving the Ham Slams a 3-2 lead. Two batters later Kessler doubled with one out, but the Slams couldn’t add more runs, as Helal retired Dave for the second out of the inning.

Dave, who has replaced Tim on the Ham Slams roster, makes a play in the field. He went 3-for-6 with a single and 2 doubles.

Dave, who has replaced Tim on the Ham Slams roster, makes a play in the field. He went 3-for-6 with a single and 2 doubles.

The back-and-forth battle continued in the top of the fourth, when Eastbound & Dahn bounced back to take the lead. BK singled to start the inning, and Tim followed with his first hit of the 2016 season, a two-run homer that put Eastbound ahead 4-3. Kessler struck out Nate and retired Dustin to end the inning, and the Ham Slams trailed by one.

Josh singled with one out in the bottom of the fourth, and he scored from first when Kessler hit an RBI double that tied the game at 4-4. BK, who had come into the game in relief for Helal, retired Dave for the second out of the inning.

Dustin makes a leaping catch in right field for Eastbound & Dahn

Dustin makes a leaping catch in right field for Eastbound & Dahn

Helal started the top of the fifth with a single, and two batters later, Tim hit an RBI double, scoring Helal to put Eastbound back on top 5-4. Kessler retired Nate for the second out of the inning, and the Slams had fallen behind once again.

Josh hit a one-out double in the bottom of the fifth, but BK maintained the lead, retiring Kessler for the second out of the inning and stranding the tying run at second.

Eastbound would add an insurance run in the top of the sixth when Helal hit a one-out solo homer, putting his squad up 6-4. The Ham Slams would be down by two runs heading into the bottom of the sixth.

Helal returned to the Wiffle Diamond for the first time in six weeks and went 2-for-4 with a single, a homer, and two runs scored

Helal returned to the Wiffle Diamond for the first time in six weeks and went 2-for-4 with a single, a homer, and two runs scored

Dave led off the final frame with a single, and he moved from first to third when Dan grounded out for the first out of the inning. The tying run was at the plate, but BK shut the door, retiring Josh to end the game and give Eastbound & Dahn a 6-4 win.

The win moved Eastbound to 2-17 on the season, and the loss dropped the Ham Slams to 8-12.

W: BK (2-4)
L: Kessler (0-1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– BK earned the win for Eastbound & Dahn, and allowed 1 run on 4 hits in 3 innings pitched.
– Helal started for Eastbound and took a no decision, giving up 3 runs on 7 hits in 3 innings.
– Kessler took the loss for the Ham Slams, allowing 6 runs on 8 hits in 6 innings with one strikeout.
– Tim led Eastbound & Dahn on offense, going 2-for-4 with a double, a homer, a run scored, and 3 RBI.
– Helal also went 2-for-4 for Eastbound with a single, a home run, 2 runs scored, and one RBI.
– Dan led the Ham Slams at the plate, going 3-for-6 with 2 triples, a home run, a run scored, and 3 RBI.

Dinger’s Homer Pushes Cookies & Cream Past Ham Slams 5-3, Forces Pennant Deciding Game with Questionable Outfit

7 Jul
Dinger's two-run homer in the fourth put Cookies & Cream ahead for good and capped a dramatic one-out rally

Dinger’s two-run homer in the fourth put Cookies & Cream ahead for good and capped a dramatic one-out rally

The Ham Slams led 3-1 in the fourth when Cookies & Cream started a one-out rally that was capped by Dinger’s two-run blast that put Cookies ahead for good. They held on to win 5-3, setting the stage for a regular season ending matchup with Questionable Outfit that would decide the 2016 pennant and the #1 seed heading into the playoffs.

Guthrie took the mound for Cookies & Cream, and he got behind the Slams in the top of the first. Dan doubled with one out, and Josh drove him in with an RBI single to right-center, putting the Ham Slams ahead 1-0. Guthrie retired Kessler to end the inning, and his offense would tie things up in the bottom of the first.

Guthrie led off the bottom half of the inning with a single and moved from first to third when Blose doubled. Joey then doubled, scoring Guthrie, and the game was tied at 1-1. Cookies & Cream had two men in scoring position with no outs, but Josh, the Ham Slams’ starter, buckled down. He fanned Dinger for the first out of the inning, and he got Jordan to fly out to left, stranding both runners, and the game was tied through an inning.

Guthrie made quick work of the Slams in the top of the second, retiring the side in order. Josh matched him in the bottom of the second, sending Guthrie and Blose down consecutively.

The Slams opened up a lead in the top of the third, starting with Josh, who provided his own run support with a solo shot to right, making the score 2-1. Two batters later, Dave hit a solo homer to left-center, and the Slams led 3-1. Dan followed with a single, but Guthrie minimized the damage, retiring Josh to strand the runner and end the inning.

Dan and Dave combine to catch a towering fly ball in deep left-center field

Dan and Dave combine to catch a towering fly ball in deep left-center field

Josh cruised through the bottom of the third, retiring Joey and Dinger, maintaining the Ham Slams’ two run lead.

Kessler doubled to start the top of the fourth, but Guthrie got out of the jam, retiring Dave and Dan to strand the runner, and the score remained 3-1.

Josh got Jordan to ground out to center for the first out in the bottom of the fourth. He had retired six straight Cookies & Cream hitters, but his fortune ended there. Cookies put together a one-out rally, starting with Guthrie who hit a solo homer to make the score 3-2. Blose then doubled, and Joey drove him in with an RBI double that tied the game at 3-3. With a runner on second, Dinger hit a deep two-run homer to left-center, putting Cookies ahead 5-3. Josh retired Jordan to end the inning, but Cookies had scored four runs to take the lead.

Josh delivers a pitch to Joey, who went 2-for-3 with 2 doubles and 2 RBI in the Cookies & Cream win

Josh delivers a pitch to Joey, who went 2-for-3 with 2 doubles and 2 RBI in the Cookies & Cream win

Guthrie retired the side in order in the top of the fifth, and Josh got back on track, doing the same in the bottom of the fifth.

Guthrie, who pitched the complete game win for Cookies & Cream, delivers a pitch to Dave of the Ham Slams, who had a solo homer in the third

Guthrie, who pitched the complete game win for Cookies & Cream, delivers a pitch to Dave of the Ham Slams, who had a solo homer in the third

The Ham Slams trailed by two heading into their final at-bat in the top of the sixth. They weren’t able to rally, as Guthrie retired the side in order, as he had done in the fourth and fifth innings, and Cookies & Cream held on to win 5-3.

The win moved Cookies & Cream to 14-5, one game back of Questionable Outfit in the standings. The loss dropped the Ham Slams to 8-11. They would wait to see who the loser of the Questionable Outfit vs. Cookies & Cream game would be, as that would be who they play in the first round of the EWL playoffs.

W: Guthrie (7-2)
L: Josh (5-3)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Guthrie pitched the complete game win for Cookies & Cream, allowing 3 earned runs on 6 hits in 6 innings pitched.
– Josh took the loss for the Ham Slams, giving up 5 runs on 7 hits in 5 innings pitched.
– Joey and Blose led Cookies & Cream on offense. Joey went 2-for-3 with 2 doubles, a run scored, and 2 RBI. Blose went 2-for-4 with 2 doubles and a run scored.
– Josh led the Ham Slams at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a single, a homer, a run scored, and 2 RBI.

Joey Homers Four Times to Lead Cookies & Cream to 9-6 Win Over Questionable Outfit

7 Jul
Joey makes an outstretched catch for an out in foul territory

Joey makes an outstretched catch for an out in foul territory

Joey went 5-for-7 with a double and four homers and pitched the complete game win, as Cookies & Cream topped Questionable Outfit 9-6 and forced a potential tie-breaking matchup between the two teams next week to decide the 2016 pennant.

Tom took the mound for Questionable Outfit, and Cookies took an early lead in the top of the first. Blose doubled with one out, and Joey followed with a two-run homer to left. Dinger then doubled, but Tom retired Guthrie to strand the runner and end the inning, and the score was 2-0.

Cookies & Cream penciled in Joey as their starter, and after allowing a one-out single to Tom in the bottom of the first, he got Miller to fly out to the mound, ending the inning.

Joey, who pitched the complete game win for Cookies & Cream, delivers a pitch to Miller

Joey, who pitched the complete game win for Cookies & Cream, delivers a pitch to Miller

Blose started the top of the second with a double, but Miller, who has become the most dangerous arm in the league, gunned Blose out trying to turn the double into a triple, and Tom had the first out of the inning. Joey followed with a double, and Dinger drove him in with an RBI single, extending the Cookies lead to 3-0. Tom then retired Guthrie to end the inning.

Bob tripled to lead off the bottom of the second, and he scored when Tom grounded out to left for the first out of the inning. Joey then retired Miller for the second out, and the score was 3-1 through two innings.

Joey slides into second with a double in the second inning

Joey slides into second with a double in the second inning

For the third consecutive inning, Blose doubled, and Joey drove him in with a two-run blast, his second of the game. Down 5-1, Questionable Outfit removed Tom from the mound and brought in Miller from the bullpen. He retired the first batter he faced, Dinger, but the next two hitters, Blose and Guthrie, each singled. Joey came to the plate 3-for-3 with two runners on, but Miller got him to fly out to left stranding both runners and ending the inning.

Bob started the bottom of the third with a double, and he scored from second when Tom grounded out to left for the first out of the inning. Miller then flew out to right, and Cookies & Cream led 5-2.

Miller gave up a one-out triple to Guthrie in the top of the fourth, but Cookies couldn’t capitalize, as Blose was retired for the second out to strand the runner at third.

Bob receives a pitch from Joey. Bob went 6-for-7 with 6 extra-base hits, including 3 doubles, 2 triples, and a homer.

Bob receives a pitch from Joey. Bob went 6-for-7 with 6 extra-base hits, including 3 doubles, 2 triples, and a homer.

Questionable Outfit continued to battle back, and they tied the game in the bottom of the fourth. Bob tripled, and Tom drove him in with an RBI double that cut the score to 5-3. Miller singled to put runners on first and third, and Bob drove in Tom with an RBI double to make the score 5-4. Tom came to the plate with runners on second and third, and he hit a towering sacrifice fly that scored Miller, and Questionable had tied the game at 5-5. Miller was then retired to end the inning.

Joey provided his own run support in the top of the fifth, leading off with a solo homer, his third of the game, and Cookies reclaimed the lead at 6-5. Dinger followed with a single, but Miller avoided further damage, retiring Guthrie and Blose to end the inning.

Dinger went 4-for-6 with 2 singles, 2 doubles, a run scored, and an RBI.

Dinger went 4-for-6 with 2 singles, 2 doubles, a run scored, and an RBI.

For the fourth consecutive inning, Bob led off with an extra-base hit, and Questionable had the tying run at second. But Joey escaped the bottom of the fifth with the lead, retiring Tom and Miller to strand the runner, and the score remained 6-5.

Cookies added some insurance runs in the top of the sixth. Joey led off the inning with a solo homer to left-center, his fourth bomb of the game, and the score was 7-5. Dinger then doubled, and two batters later, Blose hit a one-out two-run home run to center, putting Cookies & Cream ahead 9-5. Miller then retired Joey to end the inning, and Questionable Outfit trailed by four.

For the fifth consecutive inning, but started things out with another extra-base hit, this time a solo homer to right that cut the score to 9-6. Questionable couldn’t rally though, as Joey retired Tom and Miller to end the inning, giving Cookies & Cream the win and pulling them to within a game of Questionable Outfit in the standings with one week to play.

The win moved Cookies & Cream to 13-5, and the loss dropped Questionable Outfit to 12-4.

W: Joey (4-1)
L: Miller (6-2)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Joey pitched the complete game win for Cookies & Cream, giving up 9 hits on 6 runs in 6 innings pitched.
– Tom started the game for Questionable Outfit and got the no decision, allowing 5 runs on 2 hits in 2 innings pitched.
– Miller took the loss for Questionable, giving up 4 runs on 8 hits in 4 innings pitched.
– Joey led Cookies & Cream on offense, going 5-for-7 with a double, four homers, 5 runs scored, and 6 RBI.
– Blose also went 5-for-7 with a single, 3 doubles, a home run, 3 runs scored, and 2 RBI.
– Bob led Questionable Outfit on offense, going 6-for-7 with 3 doubles, 2 triples, a home run, 4 runs scored, and 2 RBI.

Bob Hits for Cycle, Questionable Outfit Thrash Eastbound & Dahn 18-7

7 Jul
Questionable Outfit unleashed an offensive fury and took advantage of multiple fielding errors by Eastbound & Dahn to roll through them 18-7

Questionable Outfit unleashed an offensive fury and took advantage of multiple fielding errors by Eastbound & Dahn to roll through them 18-7

Despite playing shorthanded, Questionable Outfit racked up 22 hits and Bob hit for the cycle in an 18-7 blowout win over Eastbound & Dahn. Kimble drove in 9 runs, Miller had 5 extra-base hits, and each Questionable Outfit player had at least 7 hits in the game.

Questionable Outfit jumped out to an early lead against Eastbound, and they never looked back. Bob led off the game with a double, and he scored from second when Tom hit an RBI single to make the score 1-0. Miller then hit an RBI single, scoring Tom from first to push the score to 2-0. Bob followed with a single, also scoring Miller from first, and the score was 3-0. Tom singled to put runners on first and third, and Miller drove in Tom with an RBI double to make the score 4-0. Christian, the Eastbound starter, finally recorded an out, but Tom followed with a two-RBI single that cleared the bases, putting Questionable ahead 6-0. Miller was retired for the second out of the inning, but Questionable had taken a huge lead.

Bob started for Questionable Outfit, and he avoided trouble in the top of the first. Christian tripled with one out, but Eastbound couldn’t get on the board, as Bob retired Dustin to strand the runner.

In a very rare occurrence, Christian struck out Bob for the first out of the inning in the top of the second. He then retired Tom for the second out in what would be the only perfect inning for Eastbound in the game.

With the score 6-0, Eastbound cut into the deficit in the bottom of the second. Mo Vaughn singled but was caught out trying to advance to second for a double. Nate followed with a single and moved from first to third on a Christian double. Dustin then emptied the bases with an RBI double, making the score 6-2. Bob then fanned Mo Vaughn for the second out of the inning, and Questionable led by four.

Questionable would make up some of the runs in the top of the third. Miller singled, and he moved from first to third when Bob followed with a double. Tom then drove in both runners with an RBI double, and the score was 8-2. Miller doubled to put runners on second and third, and Bob drove in a run when he grounded out to right for the first out of the inning. Christian then retired Tom to end the inning, and Questionable Outfit led 9-2.

Questionable then turned to the bullpen, bringing Miller to the mound. He retired the first two batters he faced, Nate and Christian.

Eastbound found themselves in a deeper hole after the top of the fourth. Miller doubled, and Bob followed with a two-run inside-the-park homer, putting Questionable ahead 11-2. Tom followed with a solo homer, and the back-to-back jacks made the score 12-2. Miller then tripled, and Bob drove him in with his second homer of the inning, another inside-the-park homer fueled by fielding errors. Christian then retired Tom and Miller to end the inning, and Eastbound trailed 14-2.

Miller pitched his second consecutive perfect frame in the bottom of the fourth, maintaining the twelve run Questionable lead.

Miller connects on one of his seven hits, five of which were either doubles or triples

Miller connects on one of his seven hits, five of which were either doubles or triples

Bob tripled to lead off the top of the fifth, but Christian stranded him, retiring Tom and Miller, and the score remained 14-2.

Questionable made another pitching change in the bottom of the fifth, bringing Tom to the mound. He retired Nate and Christian consecutively, and Questionable had sent down seven consecutive Eastbound hitters.

Questionable added insult to injury in the top of the sixth. Bob tripled to start the inning, and Tom drove him in with a two-run homer, his second blast of the game. Two batters later, Bob hit a one-out triple, and Tom drove him in with an RBI single that made the score 17-2. Miller then tripled, scoring Tom to push the lead to 18-2. Christian retired Bob for the second out of the inning, and Eastbound would head into their final at-bat trailing by sixteen runs.

Down 18-2, Eastbound showed heart in the bottom of the sixth. Dustin singled to lead off the inning, and Mo followed with a two-run inside the park homer that made the score 18-4. Nate then doubled, and Christian drove him in with an RBI single that cut the score to 18-5. Christian was called out on the play when he was caught between first and second. Dustin then followed with a solo shot to left-center, and the next batter, Mo, hit a solo homer to right. The back-to-back home runs made the score 18-7, and Eastbound had started a rally. Tom ended it there, however, getting Nate to groundout to left for the second out of the inning, ending the game and giving Questionable Outfit the win.

The win moved Questionable Outfit to 14-3 on the season, and Eastbound & Dahn dropped to 1-16.

W: Bob (3-1)
L: Christian (0-8)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Bob earned the win for Questionable Outfit, pitching 2 innings, allowing 2 earned runs on 5 hits and striking out one.
– Nate and Tom each pitched 2 innings of relief for Questionable. Nate was perfect in relief, pitching 2 innings of no-hit ball with no earned runs. Tom allowed 5 runs on 6 hits.
– Christian took the loss for Eastbound, giving up 18 earned runs on 22 hits and striking out one.
– Bob led Questionable Outfit on offense, hitting for the cycle while going 8-for-12 with a single, 3 doubles, 2 triples, 2 homers, 7 runs scored, and 6 RBI.
– Tom went 7-for-11 with 4 singles, a double, 2 home runs, 9RBI, and 6 runs scored.
– Dustin led Eastbound & Dahn at the plate, going 3-for-5 with a single, a double, a home run, 2 runs scored, and 3 RBI.