Josh and Steve Lead Ham Slams to 7-4 Win Over Questionable Outfit

6 Jun

Josh earned the first save by any pitcher in the EWL in 2017, and also went 5-for-6 at the plate to help lead the Ham Slams to a 7-4 win over Questionable Outfit.

The Ham Slams handed Questionable Outfit their second loss of the 2017, led by Josh who went 5-for-6 and Steve who went 4-for-6, combining for nine of the Slams eleven hits.

Questionable Outfit started their ace, Miller, on the mound, and in uncharacteristic fashion, he fell behind early. Josh led off the game with a single, and two batters later, Steve drove him in with an RBI single that made the score 1-0. Levi then tripled, scoring Steve to put the Slams ahead 2-0. Josh followed with a double, his second hit of the inning, and Levi scored on the play to give the Ham Slams a 3-0 lead. Miller then retired Dan for the second out of the inning, and the Slams led by three.

Dan, who was coming off his first pitching victory of the season against Cookies & Cream, took the mound for the Ham Slams. He cruised through the bottom of the first, retiring Bob and Tom in order.

Miller rebounded in the top of the second, sending Steve and Levi down consecutively, and the score remained 3-0. Mike singled to lead off the bottom of the second, but Dan retired Miller and Bob to strand the runner and end the inning.

Up 3-0, the Slams would pull ahead further in the top of the third. Josh led off with a single, and Dan followed with a two-run homer to left, making the score 5-0. Steve then tripled, and he scored on a groundout by Levi, which was the first out of the inning. Miller then retired Josh, and the Ham Slams had taken a commanding 6-0 lead.

Questionable Outfit would get on the board in the bottom of the third. Tom started the inning with a single, and Mike drove him in with a two-run bomb to center, cutting the deficit to 6-2. Miller followed with a single, and it looked as if Questionable would have one of their big innings, but Dan buckled down, retiring Bob and Tom to strand Miller and end the inning.

Steve doubled with one out in the top of the fourth, but the Ham Slams couldn’t add to their lead as Miller retired Levi to end the inning.

Questionable would claw closer to the Slams in the bottom of the fourth. Miller singled with one out, and Bob followed with a two-run homer to right-center, narrowing the Ham Slams lead to 6-4. Tom grounded out to end the inning, and the Slams led by two runs heading into the fifth.

Josh doubled to start the top of the fifth, and two batters later, Steve hit his fourth extra-base hit of the game, an RBI double that extended the Ham Slams lead to 7-4. Miller retired Levi to strand Steve, ending the inning.

Dan rolled through the bottom of the fifth, retiring Mike and Miller in order, and the Slams continued to lead by three runs.

Josh doubled to start the top of the sixth, his fifth hit of the game, but the Slams couldn’t extend their lead, as Miller retired Dan and Steve to end the inning.

Up three, the Slams turned to the bullpen, bringing in Josh to close things out. He allowed a triple to Bob to lead off the bottom of the sixth, but Questionable Outfit couldn’t rally. Tom flew out to shallow left field, and Mike flew out to the mound, ending the inning and the game, giving the Ham Slams the 7-4 win.

The win moved the Ham Slams to 4-4 on the season, and the loss dropped Questionable Outfit to 6-2.

W: Dan (2-0)
L: Miller (2-2)
S: Josh (1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Dan earned the win for the Ham Slams, allowing four runs on six hits in five innings. Josh picked up the first save of the 2017 season, pitching one inning of relief to close out the game, allowing one hit.
– Miller took the loss for Questionable Outfit, giving up seven runs on eleven hits in six innings.
– Josh led the Ham Slams on offense, going 5-for-6 with two singles, three doubles, three runs scored, and an RBI.
– Steve also went 4-for-6 for the Slams, with two doubles, two triples, two runs scored, and two RBI.
– Bob led Questionable Outfit at the plate, going 2-for-5 with a triple, a homer, a run scored, and two RBI.

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