Big Eighth Inning Carries Cheap Goats to 12-8 Extra-Innings Win over Porkswords

23 May

Jordan had five hits, including three homers, to help lead Cheap Goats to their second extra-innings win of the 2018 season

After trailing 8-4 in the fifth, Cheap Goats tied things up to force extra innings, and pulled away with four runs in the top of the eighth to beat the Porkswords 12-8. Jordan had three homers in the game to lead Cheap Goats, and Joey’s solo homer in the top of the eighth put the Goats ahead for good. Dinger also had three home runs and pitched the complete game win as Cheap Goats became the first team in EWL history to play in and win back-to-back games that were eight innings or longer.

Josh started on the mound for the Porkswords, and he retired the side in order in the top of the first. He would get run support from his offense in the bottom half of the inning.

Josh unloads on a pitch for one of his three doubles in the game.

Dinger started for Cheap Goats, and Josh led off the bottom of the first with a double. Miller followed with an RBI double that made the score 1-0. Two batters later, Adam, making his 2018 debut, hit a two-run homer in his first at-bat of the season, putting the Porkswords ahead 3-0.

Cheap Goats bounced back in the top of the second. Christian started the inning with a single, and Dinger drove him in with a two-run shot to left-center, making the score 3-2. Two batters later, Jordan hit a one-out solo homer to tie the game at 3-3.

John, who went 5-for-7 with two singles, a double, and a home run, heads toward first.

The Porkswords pulled ahead again in the bottom of the second when John hit a one-out solo homer, and the score was 4-3. Adam then doubled, and Josh drove him in with an RBI double that extended the Porkswords lead to 5-3.

With one out in the top of the third, Dinger homered for the second time in as many at-bats, cutting the deficit to 5-4. Bob then singled for his first career hit in the EWL, and Jordan followed, putting runners on first and second. But Josh cracked down, retiring Joey to strand both runners and end the inning with the Porkswords holding a one-run lead.

John started the bottom of the third with a single, and Josh drove him in with his third double of the game, making the score 6-4.

Dinger went 5-for-6 with two singles and three homers, and also pitched the complete game for Cheap Goats

Dinger hit a one-out single in the top of the fourth, but Josh avoided further damage, retiring Bob to end the inning.

The Porkswords continued to score in the bottom of the fourth. John led off the inning with a single, and Adam drove him in with his second two-run homer of the game, and the Porkswords led 8-4. Josh followed with a single, as did Miller, and the Porkswords had runners on the corners with no outs. Dinger was up against the wall, but he avoided a catastrophic inning, retiring John and Adam, who both flew out to end the inning with the score 8-4.

Cheap Goats came back firing in the top of the fifth, eventually tying the score. Jordan led off the inning with his second homer of the game, and the score was 8-5. Christian later doubled with one out, and Dinger drove him in with his third home run of the game, cutting the deficit to 8-7. Bob followed with his first career home run, and the back-to-back jacks had drawn Cheap Goats even with the Porkswords at 8-8. Josh retired Jordan to end the inning, and the Porkswords had squandered a four run lead.

Dinger retired the side in order in the bottom of the fifth, and Cheap Goats had a chance to take their first lead of the game in the top of the sixth. But Josh got back in track, sending Joey and Christian down consecutively, and the Porkswords could walk off with a win in the bottom of the sixth.

Dinger continued to pitch effectively, and the Porkswords couldn’t pull of the dramatic win. Dinger retired John and Adam, and the game would go to extra innings.

Bob singled with one out in the top of the seventh, but Cheap Goats couldn’t capitalize. Josh retired Jordan to strand the runner and end the inning, giving the Porkswords another chance.

Dinger continued to roll in the bottom of the seventh, retiring the seventh and eighth consecutive batters that he had faced, sending the game to the eighth.

After two scoreless innings, Cheap Goats blew the doors open in the top of the eighth. Joey led off the inning with a solo homer, giving Cheap Goats their first lead, 9-8. Two batters later, Dinger singled, and Bob singled to put runners on the corners. Jordan followed with a three-run blast, his third home run of the game, and Cheap Goats had taken a 12-8 lead. Josh retired Joey to end the inning, and the Porkswords would have a mountain to climb to force additional innings.

Joey’s solo homer in the top of the eighth put Cheap Goats ahead 9-8, their first lead of the game

The Porkswords finally got a hit, their first since the fifth inning, when John led off the bottom of the eighth with a single. The rally would stop there, however, as Dinger retired Adam and Josh to strand the runner, ending the inning and the game. Cheap Goats put together two four-run innings to beat the Porkswords, and after two consecutive eight-inning wins, Cheap Goats had moved above .500 on the season.

The win moved Cheap Goats to 3-2, and the loss dropped the Porkswords to 1-4.

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

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Dinger pitched the complete game win for Cheap Goats, allowing eight runs on thirteen hits in eight innings pitched.
– Josh took the loss for the Porkswords, giving up twelve runs on seventeen hits in eight innings.
– Jordan led Cheap Goats on offense, going 5-for-7 with a single, a double, three home runs, three runs scored, and five RBI.
– Dinger also went deep three times for Cheap Goats, going 5-for-6 with two singles, three homers, four runs scored, and five RBI.
– John and Josh each had four hits for the Porkwords. Josh went 4-for-8 with a single, three doubles, a run scored, and two RBI. John went 4-for-7 with two singles a double, a home run, three runs scored, and an RBI.

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