Shady Characters Trample Cheap Goats, Ride Historic Thirteen Run Inning to 15-9 Victory

24 Jul

Shady Characters have two runners on, as Christian delivers a pitch to Mike during Shady Characters’ historic top of the first inning

Shady Characters delivered one of the most dominant single innings of offense in the ten year history of the EWL, scoring thirteen runs on fifteen consecutive hits in the top of the first inning, en route to defeating Cheap Goats 15-9. Just several weeks after losing to Cheap Goats 22-1, Shady Characters flipped the script, as Mike went 6-for-7, Sam went 5-for-7, and Dylan went 4-for-7 in Shady Characters’ strongest performance of the 2020 season.

Sam took the mound for Shady Characters, and he was effective early. After allowing a one-out triple to Jordan, he stranded him at third, retiring Christian to end the inning.

Christian, who had been the EWL’s best pitcher through three weeks, met a Shady Characters tidal wave in the bottom of the first. A combination of seeing-eye line drives and absolute bombs led to one of the most historic innings in EWL history. Dylan led off the inning with a single, and he moved from first to third when Mike followed with a double. With no outs and two runners in scoring position, Sam singled, clearing the bases, and Shady Characters led 2-0. Brad then singled, and Dylan followed with his second single of the inning, which loaded the bases with no outs for Mike. There have been quite a few bases loaded situations in EWL history, but only four have led to regular season Grand Slams. And now, there have been five. Mike crushed a pitch over the right-center field wall, clearing the bases with the fifth regular season Grand Slam in league history, extending the Shady Characters lead to 6-0. Sam followed with a double, and he moved to third when Brad singled, putting runners on the corners. Dylan then singled, scoring Sam to make the score 7-0, but Brad was caught in between bases on the play for the first out of the inning Mike then singled, putting two on with one out. Sam cleared the bases with a three-run blast that extended the Shady Characters’ lead to 10-0. The onslaught continued, as Brad doubled, and Dylan drove him in with an RBI single, his fourth single of the inning, which made the score 11-0. Mike followed with a single, putting two on with one out for Sam. He once again emptied the bases, this time with an RBI double, his sixth and seventh RBIs of the inning, which put Shady Characters ahead 13-0. Christian finally escaped the nightmare inning when Brad grounded out to Joey in center for the second out of the inning. Shady Characters had collected thirteen runs on fifteen hits in the top of the first, breaking an eight-year old record for most consecutive hits.

Shady Characters celebrate at the plate after one of Mike’s two bombs

Down thirteen, Cheap Goats didn’t respond in the top of the second. Sam retired Dinger and Joey in order, maintaining the thirteen run lead.

Shady Characters added to their lead in the bottom of the second. With one out, Mike homered, and the solo shot made the score 14-0. Sam followed with his second blast of the game, and the back-to-back jacks put Shady Characters ahead 15-0. To this point in the game, the second inning, both Mike and Sam had gone 5-for-5. Shady Characters weren’t able to post another heroic inning, as Christian got Brad to ground out to center, ending the inning.

Cheap Goats showed signs of life in the top of the third. Jordan led off the inning with a single, and two batters later, Dinger singled, scoring Jordan to put Cheap Goats on the board at 15-1. Joey then doubled, putting runners on second and third with one out. Jordan followed with a double, scoring both runners, and the score was 15-3. Christian then tripled, scoring Jordan, and Cheap Goats had cut the deficit to 15-4. Sam got Dinger to fly out to Dylan for the second out, and Shady Characters led by eleven.

Sam earned the win on the mound and went 5-for-7 at the plate with two doubles two homers and a career high eight RBI

Christian finally got back to form in the bottom of the third. He retired Dylan, and after giving up a one-out single to Mike, he retired Sam to end the inning, pitching a scoreless frame.

Cheap Goats continued to chip away at the Shady Characters lead in the top of the fourth. Joey doubled to start the inning, and Jordan followed with an RBI double, scoring Joey to cut the Shady Characters lead to 15-5. Christian then crushed a two-run homer to right, and the score was 15-7. Sam retired Dinger to end the inning, and Cheap Goats had narrowed the deficit to eight runs.

Cheap Goats made the game respectable in the later innings, led by Jordan, who went 4-for-6 in the game

Christian rolled again in the bottom of the fourth, striking out Brad for the first out of the inning, and retiring Dylan to end the inning.

Cheap Goats picked away at Shady Characters some more in the top of the fifth. Shady Characters turned to Brad on the mound, relieving Sam, and he retired the first batter he faced, Jordan. With one out, Christian hit a solo homer to right-center, which cut the score to 15-8. Dinger followed with a solo blast to left, and the back-to-back homers made the score 15-9. Joey doubled for the third time in the game, but the rally would end there, as Brad retired Jordan for the second out of the inning, stranding the runner at second.

Christian pitched his third consecutive scoreless inning in the bottom of the fifth, retiring Mike and Sam in order, and Cheap Goats would head into the sixth trailing by six.

Mike reached base safely in his first six at-bats and finished 6-for-7 with two homers and five runs scored in the Shady Characters win

Cheap Goats had turned an insurmountable deficit into an unlikely but possible mountain to climb, narrowing the Shady Characters’ lead from fifteen runs to six. But they would go quietly in the sixth. Brad struck out Christian for the first out of the inning, and Dinger flew out to right for the second out, ending the game and giving Shady Characters the win.

The win moved Shady Characters to 2-5 on the season, and the loss dropped Cheap Goats to 5-2.

W: Sam (1-0)
L: Christian (3-1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Sam earned the win for Shady Characters, pitching four innings while allowing seven runs on nine hits.
– Brad pitched two innings of relief for Shady Characters, giving up two runs on three hits and striking out one.
– Christian pitched the complete game for Cheap Goats, taking the loss. He gave up fifteen runs on eighteen hits and struck out one.
– Mike led Shady Characters on offense, going 6-for-7 with three singles, a double, two home runs, five runs scored, and five RBI. He also hit the fifth regular season Grand Slam in EWL history. The first Grand Slam was hit by Brad in 2011, and the other three were hit by Joey in 2012, 2013, and 2016. This was the first regular season Grand Slam in four years.
– Sam went 5-for-7 for Shady Characters, with a single, two doubles, two home runs, four runs scored, and eight RBI.
– Jordan led Cheap Goats on offense, going 4-for-6 with a single, two doubles, a triple, three runs scored and three RBI.

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