Joey Goes Five-for-Five as Cheap Goats Pull Away Late to Top Shady Characters 8-3

18 Jul

Tom K delivers a pitch to Joey, who went 5-for-5 with five extra-base hits to lead Cheap Goats in their 8-3 win over Shady Characters

Joey’s two-run homer in the bottom of the fifth gave Cheap Goats an insurmountable lead, as Cheap Goats maintained their spot atop the EWL standings with an 8-3 win over Shady Characters. Joey went 5-for-5 with three doubles, two homers, four runs scored, and three RBI, and Brett went 4-for-5 with a single, two doubles, a triple, a run scored, and three RBI to lead Cheap Goats to victory. Christian scattered three runs in another solid performance on the mound.

Christian retired the side in order in the top of the first, sending Dylan and Tom K down consecutively.

Tom K took the mound for Shady Characters, and he fell behind early. Joey led off the game with a double, and Brett drove him in with an RBI triple, making the score 1-0 after two batters. Jordan then hit a deep sac fly to left, scoring Brett to put Cheap Goats ahead 2-0. Tom K retired Christian for the second out of the inning.

Joey and Cheap goats celebrate at the plate after one of his two homers in the game

Shady Characters pulled ahead with a productive inning in the top of the second. Sam led off with a double and moved to third when Brad followed with a single. With no outs and runners on the corners, Dylan hit a three-run blast, and Shady Characters had taken a 3-2 lead. Christian avoided giving up a big inning, retiring Tom K and Sam to end the inning.

The lead didn’t last long, as Cheap Goats pulled back ahead in the bottom of the second. Dinger led off with a single and moved from first to third when Joey followed with a double. With no outs and runners on second and third, Brett doubled, clearing the bases and putting Cheap Goats ahead 4-3. Cheap Goats couldn’t extend the rally, however, as tom K retired Jordan and Christian, stranding Brett at second and ending the inning.

Brad singled to lead off the top of the third, and he moved to second when Dylan followed with a single. Shady Characters had two runners on base and no outs, but Christian buckled down. He retired Tom K and Sam in order, stranding both runners and ending the inning.

Cheap Goats added a run to their lead in the bottom of the third. Tom K struck out Dinger to start the inning, but Joey followed with a solo homer to left, extending the Cheap Goats lead to 5-3. Brad then doubled, but Tom K stranded him, retiring Jordan to end the inning.

Christian picked up his third consecutive win of 2020, scattering three runs on seven hits in a complete game effort for Cheap Goats

Brad singled to start the top of the fourth, his third consecutive single. Christian continued to strand Shady Characters baserunners however, retiring Dylan and Tom K to end the inning, maintaining the two-run lead.

Dinger singled with one out in the bottom of the fourth, and moved from first to third when Joey followed with a double. It looked as if Cheap Goats would add to their lead, but Tom K retired Brett, stranding two runners to end the inning.

Sam doubled to start the top of the fifth, but once again, Shady Characters couldn’t narrow the two-run deficit. Christian retired Brad and Dylan, stranding the runner at second, ending the inning.

Dinger went 3-for-4 with three singles, two runs scored, and an RBI

Christian doubled with out out in the bottom of the fifth, and Dinger followed with an RBI single. Christian scored from second, and Cheap Goats led 6-3. With one out and a runner on, Joey hit a two-run home run to left, extending the Cheap Goats lead to 8-3. Brett followed with a single, and it looked as if Cheap Goats would blow it open. But Tom K escaped without giving up a huge inning. Jordan singled, but Brett was caught in between bases for the second out, ending the inning.

Down 8-3, Shady Characters would need a big rally in the top of the sixth. It didn’t happen. Christian continued to roll, retiring Tom K and Sam in order, ending the game and giving Cheap Goats the win.

Cheap Goats moved to 4-1 on the season, and Shady Characters dropped to 1-4.

W: Christian (3-0)
L: Tom K (1-3)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Christian pitched the complete game win for Cheap Goats, allowing three runs on seven hits.
– Tom K took the loss in the complete game effort for Shady Characters, giving up eight runs on fourteen hits and striking out one in five innings.
– Joey led Cheap Goats on offense, going five-for-five with three doubles, two homers, four runs scored, and three RBI.
– Brett went 4-for-5 for Cheap Goats, with a single, two doubles, a triple, a run scored, and three RBI.
– Dinger also went 3-for-4 for Cheap Goats, with two runs scored and an RBI.
– Brad led Shady Characters at the plate, going 3-for-4 with three singles and a run scored.

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