Shady Characters Ride Two Big Innings to Fourth Straight Win in 8-6 Victory Over Cheap Goats

3 Aug

Dinger delivers a pitch to Mike, who went 3-for-5 with two doubles, a home run, and four RBI to lead Shady Characters

After a rough start to the 2020 season, Shady Characters pulled even at .500 for the first time after winning their fourth straight, an 8-6 victory over Cheap Goats. They scored four runs in two different innings, and weathered a six-run inning by Cheap Goats, en route to the win. Mike, Dylan, and Tom K each contributed three hits, and Tom K, Sam, and Dylan combined on the mound to send Cheap Goats to their fourth consecutive loss.

Dinger took the mound for Cheap Goats, and he was effective in the first, retiring Dylan and Mike in order.

Tom K started for Shady Characters, and he matched Dinger in the bottom of the first, sending Joey and Brett down consecutively.

Shady Characters took an early lead in the top of the second. Sam led off with a double, and Tom K drove him in with an RBI single that made the score 1-0. Two batters later, Dylan doubled, putting runners on second and third with one out. Mike came to the plate and crushed a three-run blast to right-center, putting Shady Characters ahead 4-0. Dinger finally escaped the inning, retiring Sam, but Cheap Goats trailed by four.

Shady Characters celebrate at the plate after Mike’s three run homer in the second.

Tom K rolled through the bottom of the second, retiring Jordan and Christian in order.

Dinger got back on track in the top of the third, sending Tom K and Lucas down in order, as they both grounded out to Joey in center.

Sam relieved Tom K on the mound in the bottom of the third, and he picked up where his starter left off. He retired Dinger, and then fanned Joey to end the inning, and Shady Characters were perfect through three.

Mike connects on one of his two doubles with his trademark inside-out swing to the opposite field

Shady Characters doubled their lead in the top of the fourth. Dylan led off the inning with a triple, and Mike drove him in with an RBI double, making the score 5-0. Sam grounded out on the next play, but Mike scored from second, extending the Shady Characters lead to 6-0. Tom K then doubled, and Lucas singled, putting runners on first and third with one out. Dylan cleared the bases with an RBI double, and Shady Characters pulled ahead 8-0. Dinger got Mike to fly out to right, ending the inning, and Shady Characters had once again scored four runs in an inning.

Through three innings, Cheap Goats hadn’t registered a hit, but they broke up the no-hitter bid when Brett led off the bottom of the fourth with a single. They wouldn’t threaten, however, as Sam retired Christian and Dinger to strand him at first, maintaining the eight run lead.

Brett connects on one of his three hits in the game. He went 3-for-4 with a single and two doubles in the Cheap Goats loss.

Tom K doubled with one out in the top of the fifth, but Shady Characters couldn’t add to their lead, as Dinger retired Lucas to strand him at second, ending the inning.

Down 8-0, Cheap Goats finally showed some spark in the bottom of the fifth. With one out, Joey hit a solo homer, the first run Cheap Goats had scored in the first ten innings of week 5. Brett followed with a double, and Jordan drove him in with an RBI double, cutting the score to 8-2. Christian launched a ball to right-center, and after a series of throwing and fielding errors, he lumbered around the bases for an inside-the-park two run homer that made the score 8-4. Dinger then doubled, and Joey drove him in with his second home run of the inning, a two-run blast that narrowed the deficit to 8-6. Brett then doubled, the seventh consecutive Cheap Goats hit after only having one in the first four innings. Despite trailing by eight heading into the inning, Cheap Goats had the tying run at the plate, but the rally would end there. Sam finally got out of the inning, getting Jordan to fly out to center, stranding Brett at second.

Joey hit his league leading 12th and 13th homers in the fifth inning, but it was too little too late for Cheap Goats

Mike doubled with one out in the top of the sixth, but Shady Characters couldn’t add an insurance run, as Dinger got Sam to fly out to right, stranding the runner.

After scoring six runs in the fifth to make it a ballgame, Cheap Goats had a chance to rally for a tie or upset in the bottom of the sixth. Shady Characters brought Dylan into the game for the save, and he closed things down. He retired Christian and Dinger in order, ending the game, and giving Shady Characters the 8-6 win.

Tom K earned the win on the mound for Shady Characters, and he also went 3-for-4 with a single and two doubles

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

W: Tom K (3-4)
L: Dinger (2-3)
S: Dylan (1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Tom K earned the win for Shady Characters, pitching two perfect innings to start the game.
– Sam pitched three innings of relief, allowing six runs on eight hits and striking out one.
– Dylan earned the save, pitching the sixth inning without allowing a hit or run. It was the first save of the 2020 EWL season.
– Dinger took the loss for Cheap Goats, giving up eight runs on eleven hits in six innings.
– Dylan, Mike and Tom K each had three hits for Shady Characters. Dylan went 3-for-5 with two doubles, a triple, two runs scored, and two RBI. Mike went 3-for-5 with two doubles, a home run, two runs scored, and five RBI. Tom K went 3-for-5 with a single, two doubles, two runs scored, and an RBI.
– Brett went 3-for-4 with a single, two doubles, and a run scored to lead Cheap Goats. Joey also went 2-for-4 with two homers and three RBI.

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