Cheap Goats Pull Away Late for Fifth Straight Win in 11-6 Defeat of Shady Characters

1 Sep

Joey went 4-for-5 with two doubles, two home runs and four RBI to lead Cheap Goats to their fifth consecutive win

Cheap Goats started the 2020 season 5-1 before losing five straight games to drop to 5-6. After beating Shady Characters 11-6, Cheap Goats have now won five consecutive games and have pulled into first place atop the EWL standings at 10-6. Joey and Jordan each had two home runs in the win, and Dinger pitched the complete game, scattering six runs.

Tom K took the mound for Shady Characters, and he got into trouble early. Brett led off the game with a single, and Joey followed with a two-run homer, giving Cheap Goats a 2-0 lead. Jordan followed with a single, and he moved from first to third when Christian doubled. Cheap Goats had two runners in scoring position with no outs, but Tom K avoided significant damage. He got Christian to ground out for the first out of the inning. Jordan scored on the play to make the score 3-0, but Tom K then retired Brett to end the inning, stranding Christian on base.

Tom K provided his own run support as Shady Characters quickly evened things up in the bottom of the first. Dylan led off with a single and moved to third when Mike followed with a double. The next batter, Sam, grounded out to left, but Dylan scored on the play, cutting the Cheap Goats lead to 3-1. Tom K followed with a two-run shot to right-center, evening the score at 3-3. Dinger retired Lucas to end the inning, and Shady Characters had erased Cheap Goats’ early lead.

Tom K led Shady Characters on offense, going 3-for-4 with two home runs and five RBI

Joey doubled to start the top of the second, but Cheap Goats couldn’t capitalize. Tom K retired Jordan and Christian to strand the runner, ending the inning.

Dylan doubled to start the bottom of the second, but Shady Characters couldn’t capitalize, as Dinger retired Mike and Sam to strand him at second, ending the inning.

Tom K retired Dinger to start the top of the third, but Brett followed with a solo homer, putting Cheap Goats back in front 4-3. Joey doubled, but Tom K stranded him, retiring Jordan to end the inning, and Cheap Goats led by a run.

Lucas doubled with one out in the bottom of the third, but Dinger stranded him at second, retiring Dylan to end the inning.

Tom K cruised through the top of the fourth, retiring Christian and Dinger in order.

Shady Characters once again tied the game in the bottom of the fourth. Sam doubled with one out, and Tom K drove him in with an RBI single, tying the score at 4-4. Lucas followed with a single, putting runners on first and second with one out. But Dinger escaped the inning, retiring Dylan to strand both runners, and the score remained even at 4-4 through four innings.

Christian went 3-for-5 with a single, a double, and a triple

Tom K had kept the Cheap Goats relatively quiet through four innings, but was hit hard in the fifth. Brett led off the inning with a single, and Joey followed with a two-run homer, putting Cheap Goats back in front 6-4. Jordan followed with an inside-the-park home run, and the back-to-back homers made the score 7-4. Tom K exited the game and was replaced by Dylan, who fared only slightly better. Christian singled, and he moved to third when Dinger followed with a double. With no outs and two runners in scoring position, Brett grounded out to center. Both runners managed to score on the play, and Cheap Goats had taken a 9-4 lead. Dylan retired Joey to end the inning, and Shady Characters trailed by five.

Dinger pitched the complete game win for Cheap Goats

Mike doubled to start the bottom of the fifth, and two batters later, Tom K hit his second two-run homer of the game, narrowing the Cheap Goats lead to 9-6. Lucas followed with a single, but the rally ended there, as Dinger retired Dylan to strand the runner, ending the inning.

Cheap Goats got two more insurance runs in the sixth. Jordan led off the inning with a solo bomb, his second of the game, and the score was 10-6. Christian followed with a triple, and when Dinger grounded out for the first out of the inning, Christian scored, making the score 11-6. Dylan retired Brett to end the inning, and Shady Characters trailed by five heading into their final at-bat.

Jordan continued his second half surge, going 3-for-5 with two home runs

Dinger stayed on the mound to close things out, and he was effective in the sixth. He retired Mike and Sam in order, ending the game and giving Cheap Goats an 11-6 victory.

The win moved Cheap Goats to 10-6 on the season, and the loss dropped Shady Characters to 6-10.

W: Dinger (5-3)
L: Tom K (3-6)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Dinger pitched the complete game win for Cheap Goats, allowing six runs on eleven hits.
– Tom K took the loss for Shady Characters, giving up seven runs on ten hits in four innings.
– Dylan pitched two innings of relief for Shady Characters, allowing four runs on four hits.
– Joey led Cheap Goats on offense, going 4-for-5 with two doubles, two home runs, two runs scored, and four RBI.
– Jordan, Christian, and Brett also each had three hits for Cheap Goats. Jordan was 3-for-5 with a single, two home runs, two runs scored, and two RBI. Brett was 3-for-6 with two singles, a homer, three runs scored, and three RBI. And Christian was 3-for-5 with a single, a double, a triple, and two runs scored.
– Tom K led Shady Characters at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a single, two home runs, two runs scored, and five RBI.
– Lucas also had three hits for Shady Characters, going 3-for-4 with two singles and a double.

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