Joey Drives in Eight Runs as Cheap Goats Top Shady Characters 10-7

27 May

Joey went 4-for-6 with two home runs and two doubles and drove in eight of Cheap Goats’ ten runs as the Goats beat Shady Characters 10-7, pulling even with them in the standings a half game behind Loss Mitigation. Jordan and Bob also contributed four hits each, and Christian pitched the complete game win, as Cheap Goats led early and maintained an insurmountable lead throughout the game.

Dylan took the mound for Shady Characters, the Cheap Goats hit him hard early. Jordan led off the game with a double, and Joey immediately put Cheap Goats on the board with a two-run homer that made the score 2-0. Christian followed with a single, and two batters later, he moved from first to third on Jordan’s one out double. Joey followed with his second blast of the inning, this time a three-run shot that extended the Cheap Goats lead to 5-0. Dylan retired Christian to end the inning, and Shady Characters were in a big hole after half an inning.

Christian started for Cheap Goats, and he retired Dylan, the first batter he faced, for the first out of the inning. Erich followed with a single, and Shady Characters scored when Tom W followed with an RBI double that cut the deficit to 5-1. Tom K then singled, putting runners on the corners with one out. The Shady Characters rally would end there, however, as Christian got Dylan to groundout to left, stranding both runners and ending the inning.

Bob singled to start the top of the second, and he moved from first to third when Jordan followed with a single. With no outs and runners on the corners, Joey flew out to deep left field, but Bob was able to tag and score on the play, and the sacrifice fly made the score 6-1. Dylan retired Christian to strand Jordan at second, ending the inning.

Erich led off the bottom of the second with a single, and two batters later, Tom K hit a chopper for a single, and Erich raced from first to score on the play, making the score 6-2. Christian then retired Dylan to end the inning, and Cheap Goats led by four.

Bob started the top of the third with a single, but Cheap Goats wouldn’t add to their lead this inning, as Dylan retired Jordan and Joey to strand the runner, and the score remained 6-2.

Shady Characters would nearly pull even in the bottom of the third. Erich led off the inning with a triple, and when Christian retired Tom W, Erich scored from the third to make the score 6-3. Tom K then hit a one-out triple, and Dylan drove him in with an RBI triple that cut the Cheap Goats lead to 6-4. Erich followed with a double, scoring Dylan from third, and Shady Characters trailed 6-5. Christian finally escaped the inning by retiring Tom W, but the Cheap Goats lead had been cut from four to a single run.

Christian would get some more run support in the top of the fourth. He led off the inning with a single, and he moved from first to third when Bob doubled, putting runners on second and third with no outs. Jordan followed with a high fly to left, which Erich caught for the first out of the inning. Christian tagged and attempted to score on the play, and Erich gunned the ball into Dylan. The throw was on time, but Shady Characters couldn’t secure the ball on the mound, and Christian scored, pushing the Cheap Goats lead to 7-5. Joey came to the plate with one out and Bob on second, and he drove him in with an RBI double that made the score 8-5. The unusual play continued with the next at-bat, when Christian singled on a blooper to left. He thought Tom W caught the ball for an out, but he had not, and he was stranded in between first and second when Tom W tagged him out to end the inning.

Shady Characters continued to show resiliency in the bottom of the fourth. Tom K started the inning with a single, his fourth hit of the game. Two batters later, Erich crushed a two-run blast to right, cutting the Shady Characters deficit to 8-7. Christian retired Tom W to end the inning, and Cheap Goats led by one.

Cheap Goats responded in the top of the fifth. Bob singled, and two batters later, Joey hit a one-out RBI double to left-center, scoring Bob, and the score was 9-7. Dylan retired Christian to end the inning, and Cheap Goats led by two.

After reaching base safely on his first four at-bats, Tom K struck out for the first out in the bottom of the fifth. Dylan followed with his second triple of the game, but Christian completed the rare feat of striking out the side, fanning Erich for the second out of the inning to strand the runner at third and maintain the two run lead.

Dylan retired Bob to start the top of the sixth, but Jordan followed with a solo homer to left-center, putting Cheap Goats in front 10-7. Dylan retired Joey to end the inning, and Shady Characters trailed by three heading into their final at-bat.

Christian remained in the game, and he retired Tom W for the first out in the bottom of the sixth. Tom K followed with a single, giving him a career high five hits in the game. But the Shady Characters couldn’t rally, as Christian got Dylan to fly out to shallow right field for the second out of the inning, ending the game and giving Cheap Goats the 10-7 win.

Cheap Goats moved to 4-3 on the season with the win, and Shady Characters fell to 4-3 with the loss.

Note: No photos of this game were captured due to wet, rainy conditions.

W: Christian (2-2)
L: Dylan (1-1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Christian pitched the complete game win for Cheap Goats, allowing seven runs on thirteen hits and striking out two in six innings.
– Christian struck out the side in the fifth, marking only the fifth time in EWL history that a pitcher had accomplished the feat. The others were Guthrie in 2011, Holly in 2012, Dinger in 2015, and Christian had previously struck out the side in 2015, the last pitcher to do so.
– Dylan took the loss for Shady Characters, giving up ten runs on fifteen hits in six innings.
– Joey led Cheap Goats at the plate, going 4-for-6 with two doubles, two home runs, two runs scored, a sacrifice fly, and eight RBI.
– Bob and Jordan each had four hits for Cheap Goats as well. Jordan went 4-for-7 with a single, two doubles, a home run, three runs scored, and an RBI. Bob went 4-for-6 with three singles, a double, and three runs scored.
– Erich led Shady Characters on offense, going 5-for-6 with two singles, a double, a triple, a home run, four runs scored, three RBI, and he became the second player this year to hit for the cycle. It was the fourth time in Erich’s career that he has hit for the cycle, with all three of the other instances occurring during his rookie season in 2016.

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