Joey Leads Cheap Goats to 6-4 Victory in Game 1 of First Round Matchup with Shady Characters

30 Jul

Tom K pitches to Joey, who set the pace for Cheap Goats, going 5-for-6 with a single, three doubles, and a solo homer.

Joey went 5-for-6, with four extra-base hits, and Christian was effective on the mound, as Cheap Goats upset Shady Characters 6-4 in game one of the best-of-five first round series. Christian allowed only four runs on eight hits, and he also homered in the game, as Cheap Goats took an early lead in the series.

Tom K, who had been diagnosed with a torn labrum, started on the mound for Shady Characters. He allowed a double to Joey in the top of the first, but stranded him, retiring Christian to end the inning.

Christian started for Cheap Goats, and after allowing a leadoff double to Dylan to start the bottom of the first, he retired Tom W and Erich to end the inning with the game scoreless.

Cheap Goats got on the board in the top of the second. Jordan doubled with one out, and Joey drove him in with an RBI double that made the score 1-0. The next batter, Christian, hit a two-run blast to right field, and Cheap Goats led 3-0. Dinger followed with a single, but Tom K escaped the inning, retiring Jordan for the second out.

Christian and Cheap Goats celebrate at the plate after his two-run homer in the top of the second put his squad ahead 3-0.

Shady Characters bounced right back in the bottom of the second. Jason led off the inning with a single, and he moved from first to third on Dylan’s second double of the game. Christian fanned Tom W for the first out of the inning, but the next batter, Erich, crushed a three-run homer to right field, and the game was tied at 3-3. Christian then retired Jason to end the inning.

Christian delivers a pitch to Erich, who went 3-for-4 with a double, a triple, a three-run homer, and an intentional walk for Shady Characters

Cheap Goats pulled back ahead in the top of the third when Joey led off the inning with a solo homer. Tom K retired Christian and Dinger to end the inning, and Shady Characters trailed 4-3.

Christian retired the side in order in the bottom of the third, and the score remained 4-3. Tom K matched him in the top of the fourth, as he sent Jordan and Joey down in order.

Dinger, who went 3-for-5 with three singles, awaits a pitch from Tom K.

Shady Characters evened the score in the bottom of the fourth. Erich led off with a triple, and he scored from third when Jason grounded out for the first out of the inning. Christian retired Dylan for the second out, and the score was 4-4.

Christian led off the top of the fifth with a single, and he moved from first to third when Dinger followed with a single. Tom K retired Jordan for the first out of the inning, but Joey followed with an RBI single, scoring Christian to make the score 5-4. Tom K then retired Christian to strand Joey and Dinger on base, ending the inning.

Erich doubled with one out in the bottom of the fifth, but Christian stranded him, retiring Jason to end the inning, maintaining Cheap Goats’ one-run lead.

Cheap Goats added an insurance run in the top of the sixth. Dinger led off the inning with a single, and two batters later, Joey hit a one-out double, scoring Dinger to put Cheap Goats ahead 6-4. Tom K retired Christian to end the inning, and Shady Characters trailed by two runs heading into the final frame.

Christian remained on the mound for Cheap Goats to close out the game. He retired Dylan for the first out of the inning, and Tom W followed with a one-out double, putting the tying runner at the plate. Erich, who had extra-base hits in his previous three at-bats, was intentionally walked, putting the tying run on base and the winning run at the plate. Jason came up with runners on first and second and one out, but he couldn’t deliver. Christian got him to ground out to center, stranding both runners, and ending the inning and the game.

Cheap Goats had held on to win 6-4, taking a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five first round series with Shady Characters.

W: Christian (1-0)
L: Tom K (0-1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Christian pitched the complete game win for Cheap Goats, allowing four runs on eight hits with one strikeout and one walk in six innings.
– Tom K took the loss for Shady Characters, giving up six runs on eleven hits in six innings.
– Joey led Cheap Goats on offense, going 5-for-6 with a single, three doubles, a home run, two runs scored, and four RBI.
– Erich led Shady Characters at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a double, a triple, a home run, two runs scored, three RBI, and an intentional walk.

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