Norris Pitches Gem as Loss Mitigation Storms Past Cheap Goats 9-2

4 Jun

Norris pitched the complete game win, and also went 3-for-5 at the plate with three doubles.

Norris allowed only two runs and scattered seven hits and had three extra-base hits at the plate, as Loss Mitigation rolled past Cheap Goats 9-2. Bob and Mike helped put Loss Mitigation ahead early, and Norris secured the victory late, as Cheap Goats couldn’t get their offense rolling as they were soundly defeated.

Loss Mitigation celebrates at the plate after Mike’s two-run homer in the first inning

With two innings of eligibility left in week 5, Christian took the mound for Cheap Goats, and he was hit hard. Bob led off the game with a solo homer, and Loss Mitigation was ahead 1-0 immediately. Mike followed with a single, and after striking out Nate for the first out of the inning, Christian allowed a one-out double to Norris. Mike scored from first, and Loss Mitigation led 2-0. Bob followed with an RBI single, scoring Norris to put Loss Mitigation ahead 3-0, and Mike followed with a two-run blast, clearing the bases. Christian struck out Nate for the second time in the inning, ending the inning, and Cheap Goats trailed 5-0.

Norris started for Loss Migitation, and he was effective throughout the contest. Joey doubled with one out in the bottom of the first, but Cheap Goats couldn’t rally, as Norris retired Christian to strand the runner and end the inning with the score 5-0.

Joey catches a fly ball in center for Cheap Goats, as Jordan watches

Christian regained command in the top of the second, retiring Norris and Bob in order, and he had reached his eight innings of eligibility for the week. Norris cruised through the bottom of the second, retiring Cheap Goats in order, and the score remained 5-0.

Christian delivers a pitch to Mike, who went 3-for-6 with a single, a double, a home run, three runs scored, and two RBI.

Cheap Goats inserted Dinger to relieve Christian, and Loss Mitigation would get to him as well. The first batter he faced, Mike, doubled, and Nate drove him in with an RBI double that extended the Cheap Goats deficit to 6-0. Norris then doubled, scoring Nate, and Loss Mitigation led 7-0. The next batter, Bob, also doubled, making four consecutive doubles for Loss Mitigation. However, Bob was caught out in between second and third on the play, and Norris was also caught trying to score. The double play ended the inning, and Loss Mitigation led by seven runs.

Jordan singled to start the bottom of the third, but once again, Cheap Goats couldn’t get their offense going. Norris retired Joey and Christian to strand the runner, and the score was 7-0 through three innings.

Bob and Nate converge on a fly ball in center field

Dinger struck out Mike to start the top of the fourth, and after allowing a triple to Nate, he retired Norris to strand the runner, ending the inning. Norris matched him in the bottom of the fourth, retiring the side in order.

Dinger of Cheap Goats reaches out for a fly ball as Norris of Loss Mitigation heads into first base

Loss Mitigation would add another insurance run in the top of the fifth when Bob led off the inning with his second homer of the game. Dinger retired Mike and Nate to end the inning, and Loss Mitigation was ahead 8-0.

Cheap Goats finally got on the board in the fifth inning. Jordan doubled to start the inning, and two batters later, Christian drove him in with an RBI single that cut the score to 8-1.

Jordan went 3-for-4 to lead Cheap Goats, with a single, a double, a triple, and two runs scored

Loss Mitigation made up for the run in the top of the sixth, when Norris led off the inning with a solo homer. Dinger retired Bob and Mike to end the inning, and Cheap Goats trailed 9-1 heading into the bottom of the sixth.

Dinzger delivers a pitcher to Bob, who went 4-for-6 with a single, a double, two home runs, three runs scored, and three RBI, leading Loss Mitigation

Jordan tripled with one out in the bottom of the sixth, and Joey drove him in with an RBI double that cut the score to 9-2. The rally would end there, however, as Norris retired Christian for the second out of the inning, ending the game and giving Loss Mitigation the 9-2 win.

The win moved Loss Mitigation to 6-3 on the season, and the loss dropped Cheap Goats under .500 to 4-5 for the year.

W: Norris (3-2)
L: Christian (2-4)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Norris pitched the complete game win for Loss Mitigation, allowing two runs on seven hits in six innings.
– Christian took the loss for Cheap goats, giving up five runs on five hits and striking out two in two innings pitched.
– Dinger pitched four innings of relief for Cheap Goats, giving up four runs on seven hits and striking out one.
– Christian struck out the side in the first inning, only the sixth time in EWL history that a pitcher had accomplished the feat. It was Christian’s second time striking out the side this season, and of the six instances in league history, he is responsible for three of them.
– Bob led Loss Mitigation on offense, going 4-for-6 with a single, a double, two home runs, three runs scored, and three RBI.
– Norris went 3-for-5 at the plate, with two doubles, a home run, two runs scored, and three RBI.
– Jordan led Cheap Goats, going 3-for-4 with a single, a double, a triple, and two runs scored.

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